Annette L. Gardner


Senior Associate

Dr. Gardner is a subject matter expert on the futures of health care reform implementation, the health care safety net and community health centers, vulnerable populations, and the future of U.S. health and health care. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco.

Her research focuses on implementation of health care reform, including strengthening the health care safety net and supporting county-level coverage expansions. For example, Dr. Gardner recently completed a study on safety net integration activities in five California counties as well as an assessment of the financial impacts of federal and state reform on California’s community clinics. Additionally, her research and evaluation focuses on advocacy capacity and the tactics required by organizations to achieve policy gains benefiting the medically underserved. Currently, she is serving as an evaluation consultant for the Veterans Health Administration Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education to evaluate site educational and clinical redesigns to support system-wide adoption of the patient-centered medical home.  Last, Dr. Gardner has studied the adoption of information technology strategies, such as a health record exchange, by California safety net providers. She has authored or co-authored several articles, reports and issue briefs. She is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and statewide forums and teaches a course on the future of U.S. health in the School of Nursing at UCSF. She is currently a member of the American Evaluation Association, the World Future Society, and the American Public Health Association – California North.