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Melton-Fant's research focuses in state- and local-level public policy, health outcomes, and racial health inequities. Overarching themes in Melton-Fant's writing include the disparate impacts of public policies and how broad-based public policies are tools for both creating and ameliorating racial inequities.
Discusses that both health and non-health related local government spending are important for population health outcomes.
Examines the relationship between state preemption of inclusionary zoning policies and health outcomes among different demographic groups. Mentions controlling for the state and individual-level controls, and preemption of inclusionary association were negatively associated with health outcomes, particularly among Black adults.