Portrait Photograph of Donna Friedsam

Donna Friedsam

Health Policy Programs Director

School of Medicine and Public Health

Donna Friedsam has worked extensively on access to and financing of health care and the organization of delivery systems. She consults widely in the public and private sectors on state government programs and on financing reform initiatives. Currently, Ms. Friedsam leads a team of faculty and researchers evaluating Wisconsin’s BadgerCare health coverage program. As director of a health policy group, she oversees the UW’s Evidence-Based Health Policy Project, along with research and analysis on health care financing, costs, quality and access to care; disparities in health care utilization and outcomes; Medicaid and other safety net programs. Prior to joining the UW in 2001, Ms. Friedsam served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association.


  • Health Care Reform
  • Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare: Current status and outlook 3
  • Wisconsin's State Health Policy Direction and Implications
  • The Effect of Medicaid Coverage on Utilization and Costs
  • Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
  • Insurance Coverage, Access to Care, and Health Outcomes
  • Medicaid and BadgerCare Reform
  • Health Care Coverage and Access
  • State Health Care Policy and Systems Reform


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