Peter Shin

Associate Professor and Director, Geiger Gibson Program (GGP) in Community Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Director, Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative
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Shin is an expert policy analyst and health services researcher, with teaching expertise in qualitative and quantitative analyses, as well as public health management and leadership and the health care safety net. He has authored over one hundred reports on safety-net financing and economic impacts, quality of care, and community health centers and access to care for migrants and seasonal farmworkers and their families, persons with physical disabilities and behavioral challenges, low-income children, minority populations, and military families. Dr. Shin has extensive experience in directing and executing federally research grants for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on immediate and emerging issues that require quick turnaround reports, briefs, and analyses. Dr. Shin is also an experienced administrator, overseeing the entire suite of research undertaken in the Geiger Gibson program, which includes millions in funding from a variety of foundations, including the RCHN Community Health Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the United Health Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as well as other public and private sponsors.


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Peter Shin quoted by Steven Findlay, "Community Health Centers Caught in 'Washington's Political Dysfunction'" Kaiser Health News, February 5, 2018.
Peter Shin quoted on the initial decrease of uninsured visits by Karen Pallarito, "Some 'Safety Net' Health Clinics See Drop in Uninsured Visits under Obamacare" U.S. News and World Report, January 12, 2015.
Peter Shin's research on Texas' refusal to expand Medicaid (with Sara Rosenbaum and Jessica Sharac) discussed by Michael Tomasky, "Texas: Where Crazy Gets Elected," The Daily Beast, February 26, 2014.
Peter Shin quoted on conservative attitudes toward ObamaCare, "Why are These States Actively Trying to Confuse Their Residents about ObamaCare?" Mother Jones, January 30, 2014.
Peter Shin's research on States refusing to expand Medicaid discussed by Phil Galewitz, "States’ Medicaid Decisions Cost Community Health Centers," Kaiser Health News, October 16, 2013.
Peter Shin quoted on the possibility of medical bankruptcy , "Out-of-Pocket Costs Could Sink the ACA" Medpage Today, June 28, 2013.
Peter Shin's research on the effects of funding cuts to community health centers discussed by Lucas Willard, "Report Reveals Sequester’s Impact on Community Health Centers and Underserved Populations," WAMC Northeast Public Radio, March 4, 2013.
Peter Shin quoted on the uses of data collected by community health centers, "Quality of Community Health Centers Varies Widely" Kaiser Health News, October 31, 2012.
Guest to discuss how community health centers reduce health care costs for states like North Carolina on WUNC North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things”, Peter Shin, August 17, 2011.


"Using Payment Reform Strategies to Strengthen Family Planning Services at Community Health Centers," (with Sara Rosenbaum, Jessica Sharac, and Susan F. Wood), January 2015.

Argues that coupling tools such as CMS’s Innovation Accelerator Program with up-­­front investments from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), state Medicaid agencies and health centers are ideally positioned to work together to improve the scope and quality of family planning services for health center patients at all points along the health care continuum, beginning with preconception care and continuing throughout the childbearing cycle. 

"Patient Experiences with Family Planning in Community Health Centers," (with Sara Rosenbaum, Susan F. Wood, Tishra Beeson, Debora Goetz Goldberg, Katherine H. Mead, Aliyah Abdul-Wakil, Anna Rui, Bhakthi Sahgal, Maya Shimony, and Hallie Stevens), George Washington University, June 2015.

Addresses gaps in the evidence base in order to explore patients’ experiences using community health centers for their family planning and reproductive health care, examine factors that either hinder or facilitate receipt of family planning services, from the patient’s perspective, and make recommendations regarding how health centers can improve their family planning services.

"Implications of the 2014 Quality Family Planning Services Guidelines Issued by the CDC and the Office of Population Affairs," (with Sara Rosenbaum, Susan Wood, Merle Cunningham, and Tishra Beeson), George Washington University, July 2014.

Argues that the HRSA’s quality improvement strategy should include the development of actionable performance measures, training and technical assistance, special supplemental grant awards to support quality improvement efforts and expansion of family planning services, and collaboration with CMS to identify purchasing strategies that can promote the goals of the guidelines, as translated and made actionable in a health center setting

"Community Health Centers in an Era of Health Reform: An Overview and Key Challenges to Health Center Growth," (with Jessica Sharac, Carmen Alvarez, and Sara Rosenbaum), Kaiser Family Foundation, February 28, 2013.

Provides a current snapshot of health centers and discusses recent developments that can be expected to have a significant impact on health center growth in the coming years.

"Health Centers and Family Planning: Results of a Nationwide Study," (with Sara Rosenbaum, Susan Wood, Debora Goldberg, Tishra Beeson, Brian Bruen, Kay Johnson, Holly Mead, Julie Lewis, Shavon Artis, Katherine Hayes, Merle Cunningham, and Xiaoxiao Lu), George Washington University, March 2013.

Examines how health centers fulfill their family planning mission.

"Scope of Family Planning Services Available in Community Health Centers" (with Susan Wood, Tishra Beeson, Brian Bruen, Debora Goetz-Goldberg, Holly Mead, and Sara Rosenbaum). Contraception 89, no. 2 (2013): 85-90.
Reports on the scope of services provided at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) – a major and growing source of primary care for low-income women of reproductive age – including on-site provision, prescription-only and referral options for a range of contraceptive methods. Only limited knowledge exists on the scope of family planning care these centers provide and the mechanisms for delivery of these essential reproductive health services, including family planning.
"No Evidence that Primary Care Physicians Offer Less Care to Medicaid, Community Health Center, or Uninsured Patients" (with Brian Bruen, Leighton Ku, and Xiaoxiao Lu). Health Affairs 32, no. 9 (2013): 1624-1630.
Indicates that length and content of primary care visits are comparable for safety-net and other patients. The main factors that contribute to differences in visit length and content are patients’ health needs and the type of visit involved.
"Medicaid and Community Health Centers: The Relationship between Coverage for Adults and Primary Care Capacity in Medically Underserved Communities," (with Sara Rosenbaum, Rachel Arguello, and Jennifer Tolbert), Kaiser Family Foundation and the RCHN Community Health Foundation, February 29, 2012.
Compares the strength of health centers in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage for adults to health centers in states with more limited Medicaid coverage for adults in order to better understand how Medicaid influences health center practice. In sum, broader Medicaid eligibility for adults appears to be associated with an enhanced ability of health centers to invest in capacity-building activities to meet the needs of patients and communities.