Peter Jacobson

Professor of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Peter Jacobson, JD, MPH is professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  Professor Jacobson is a lawyer whose research focuses on law and public health systems, public health ethics, and health care safety net services. Professor Jacobson is the Director of UM’s Center for Law, Ethics and Health and principal investigator of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Mid-States Region of the Network for Public Health Law. Recent studies of Professor Jacobson have examined public health entrepreneurship, the impact of state and federal law on public health preparedness, and enhancing organizational and operational efficiencies in Michigan's health care safety net providers.  A current project examines adaptive strategies for Michigan local health departments.

Read Professor Jacobson's bio at the University of Michigan.


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.
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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The University of Michigan Research Hub conducted 65 semi-structured interviews with state and local officials in five states where "Health in All Policies" initiatives were underway, with a goal of examining whether and how policymakers and advocates use the framework to elevate health equity as a policy concern across sectors and jurisdictions.