Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Emory University
Chapter Member: Georgia SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Women
  • Reproductive Health
  • Medicare & Medicaid

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About Sarah

Blake's work utilizes mixed research methods and implementation science to examine the effects of health policies on the delivery and quality of care for medically vulnerable populations, particularly low-income women, children, and the elderly. Her research addresses Medicaid policy, family planning and reproductive health care policy, maternal and child health, cancer prevention and control, and long-term care. Blake serves as a co-Investigator on the evaluation of Georgia's Section 1115 Medicaid family planning waiver and as Co-Principal Investigator on a study of Title X in Georgia with Emory's Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast (RISE). Additionally, she serves on many different advisory committees that address women's health issues, including the Georgia Department of Public Health's Maternal Mortality Review Action Review Committee and the Maternal Mental Health Advocacy Committee for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia.


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"Prior Authorization Policies and Preferred Drug Lists in Medicaid Plans: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Implications for Youth with ADHD" (with Minna Song, Laura Gaydos, and and Janet R. Cummings). Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (2019).

Describes how Medicaid policies create challenges for the delivery and receipt of mental health treatment for low-income youth in Georgia. We conducted focus groups with caregivers of Medicaid-enrolled children with ADHD and semi-structured interviews with providers and administrators at four safety net clinics that provided mental health care to these youth. Stakeholders reported that prior authorization policies for psychosocial services, restrictiveness of preferred drug lists, and changes in preferred drug lists in Medicaid plans created barriers to treatment continuity and quality for youth with ADHD and led to more administrative burden for safety-net clinics serving these youth.

"Georgia's Medicaid Family Planning Waiver: Working Together with Title X to Enhance Access to and Use of Contraceptive and Preventive Health Services" (with Anne Dunlop, Kathleen Adams, Jonathan Hawley, and and Peter Joski). Women's Health Issues 26, no. 6 (2016): 602-611.

Assesses the impact of Georgia's family planning demonstration waiver upon access to and use of contraceptive and preventive health services within Title X and Medicaid. Our findings suggest that implementation of the Georgia family planning demonstration waiver contributed to the increased use of higher effectiveness contraceptive methods, including LARCs, within the Medicaid and Title X programs as well as the increased use of preventive screenings among Title X clients. However, when the full population of low-income Georgia women targeted by the waiver was considered, a greater percentage was not served over the demonstration period.