Eli Michaels

Eli Michaels

Name Pronunciation Ee-Ligh (like "Book of Eli")
Pronouns she/her

Eli Michaels is a social epidemiologist and health equity researcher. She offers expertise in theoretical frameworks and measurement approaches to understand how racism and other forms of oppression “get under the skin” to harm health and widen health inequities.

At Mathematica, Michaels is involved in a variety of health equity related projects. She is a task lead on a project contextualizing the healthcare experience of transgender adults in the U.S., where she leads a scan of policies affecting transgender adults’ access to preventive care. She also serves on two projects with the department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In the first project, she serves as a deputy task-lead, facilitating engagement with lived experience expert partners to advance equity in policies and practices across HHS agencies. In the second project, she serves as a deputy project director and task-lead for an environmental scan of promising practices for engaging LGBTQ+ youth involved in human services systems. Michaels is also actively involved in building Mathematica’s health equity capacities, including leading seminars, developing tools for internal use, and authoring original, public-facing content.

Michaels has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Health Psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology and a master's in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Social epidemiology
  • Health equity
  • Racism and health
  • Measuring the social determinants of health
Focus Area Topics
  • Health
  • Population Health

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