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Shenkman, Betsy

Professor and Department Chair, Health Outcomes & Policy
Director, Institute for Child Health Policy

(352) 294-5966

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2245
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177


  • PhD, Educational Psychology (measurement and evaluation), University of Florida
  • MSN, Psychiatric Nursing, University of Florida
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Florida

Professional Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Shenkman is Chair of Health Outcomes and Policy and Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy. In addition, she is a health outcomes researcher working to achieve two goals: (1) determine which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and (2) the development of corresponding evidence-based health care delivery system and patient-centric interventions to improve outcomes of care. A substantial portion of Dr. Shenkman’s work in these two areas focuses on reducing cancer-related health disparities for adults and children through the implementation of evidence-based best practices for risk detection and treatment in a range of health care settings.

Dr. Shenkman is the Principal Investigator of the OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance funded through Florida’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program. This statewide network is a partnership among UFHealth, Florida State University and the University of Miami. Dr. Shenkman is also the Principal Investigator of a Centers for Medicare- and Medicaid-funded five-year pragmatic randomized trial. The trial tests the effectiveness of a personal navigator and a flexible wellness account on cardiovascular risk reduction among disabled individuals with co-occurring physical and mental health conditions, including those who have cancer. The project is one of ten in the U.S., funded as part of CMS’s Medicaid Incentives for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions portfolio. The personal navigators are embedded within three Medicaid Managed Care Plans to ensure that the study is implemented in a sustainable and real world context. Outcome measures include: patient reported outcomes, LDL-C screening and control, tobacco cessation, control of high blood pressure, and BMI. A key patient-centric innovation lies in having every participant define his/her own individual health goals with support of his/her health navigator.

Dr. Shenkman also leads two major state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) evaluations: the Texas Medicaid Evaluation Project, which began in 2002, and the Florida KidCare and Healthy Kids evaluations, which began in 1997. These projects address the quality and outcomes of health and dental care for adults and children in Medicaid and CHIP. As part of this work, Dr. Shenkman oversees a 20-member Data Analytics Team, which manages 30 terabytes of data. This team has more than 15 years of experience in using health care claims and encounter and medical record data to calculate a wide range of performance measures across the spectrum from the individual to the health plan. The Data Analytics team integrates health record data with claims/encounter data and patient-reported outcomes to obtain a comprehensive picture of health care quality for preventive and chronic condition care. Dr. Shenkman also led the development of an interactive web portal (The Texas HealthCare Learning Collaborative; used by more than 1,500 health care plans, physicians, and policy analysts. Quality of care results and evidence-based best practices are shared through the portal.

Dr. Shenkman also serves as Co-Director of the Implementation Science Program within UF’s NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). In this role, Dr. Shenkman collaborates with faculty and staff to provide technical assistance in developing implementation science and patient-centered outcomes studies.

Dr. Shenkman’s research has been funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Her work is published in journals such as Pediatrics, Health Services Research, Clinical Epidemiology, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Shenkman is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.


Health Policy, Child Health, Health Services Research, Outcome Evaluations

Recent News



  • Malo TL, Staras SAS, Bynum SA, Giuliano AR, Shenkman EA, Vadaparampil ST. (2013) HPV vaccine administration among Medicaid providers who consistently recommended vaccination. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. (In Press).
  • Malo TL, Hassani D, Staras SA, Shenkman EA, Giuliano AR, Vadaparampil SA. (2013) Do Florida Medicaid Providers’ Barriers to HPV Vaccination Vary Based on VFC Program Participation? Maternal and Child Health Journal. May; 17(4):609-15. PM ID: 22569945.
  • Bynum SA, Stars SA, Malo T, Giuliano AR, Shenkman E, Vadaparampil ST. (2013) Factors Associated with Mediciaid Providers’ Recommendation of the HPV Vaccine to Low-Income Adolescent Girls. Journal of Adolescent Health. (In Press) PM ID: 24064282.
  • Huang I-C, Brinkman T, Kenzik K, Gurney J, Ness K, Lanctot J, Shenkman E, Robison L, Hudson M, Krul K. (2013) Association between the prevalence of symptoms and health-related quality of life in adult survivors of childhood cancer: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort study. Journal of Clinical Oncology (In Press) PM ID: 24127449.
  • Nightingale C, Quinn G, Shenkman E, Curbow B, Zebrack B, Huang IC. (In Press) Identifying gaps in quality of life measurement for young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.



Courses Taught

  • GMS 6852  Community Engaged Research/Implementation Science