Paula Lantz

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Paula M. Lantz, PhD, MS is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. As a social demographer/epidemiologist, Dr. Lantz’s research focuses on public health policy and upstream social policies that address population health issues and health disparities. Current research projects focus on policy issues related to clinical preventive services, and the potential for social impact bonds/Pay for Success projects to address social determinants of health and reduce health care costs in Medicaid populations. Dr. Lantz is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Read Dr. Lantz's bio at the University of Michigan.


The Role of Pay for Success in Building a Culture of Health
“Pay for Success” is a public/private partnership approach to financing proven prevention interventions that help the public sector save money or achieve greater value for an investment. This project will explore the potential for and best practices by which Pay for Success initiatives (also known as social impact bonds) can address the social determinants of health and reduce public expenditures on health/social services.
Building the Evidence for Health in All Policies
The “Health in All Policies” (HiAP) strategy works to integrate health and equity considerations into the design and evaluation of policies and services. This project involves a data-driven investigation of local/state HiAP activities. The researchers will design and implement a national HiAP surveillance system and conduct a multiple-site case study of 10 HiAP efforts at different stages.
Best Practices for Addressing the Medical and Social Needs of “Super-Utilizer” Patients
This project investigates efforts in Michigan to address the needs of the “super-utilizer” population — individuals with serious health care and social needs who account for the majority of public health care expenditures in the United States. While there has been a growing number of interventions aimed this population, the existing evidence regarding impact is limited. The research is examining existing and potential policies that address the needs of super-utilizers while decreasing avoidable ED utilization and hospitalizations, and reducing health care costs.


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Pay For Success And Population Health: Projects Reveal Challenges And Promise


In early 2017, the University of Michigan P4A research hub published an article in Health Affairs regarding one of their projects focused on social impact bonds, also known as “Pay for Success” (PFS) programs. These programs use private capital to finance prevention programs that help a government reduce public expenditures or achieve greater value.

"Pay for Success" Financing of Home-Based Childhood Asthma Interventions: Modeling Results From the Detroit Medicaid Population


In June, the University of Michigan P4A research hub published new findings in Milbank Quarterly as part of its ongoing study of Pay for Success (PFS) financing models for evidence-based interventions aimed at the social determinants of health. PFS is an innovative but still emerging approach to funding large-scale public sector programs such as Medicaid. It relies on private investors who receive a return from the public sector only if certain performance-based metrics are achieved.