Laura Summers, MPP


Laura Summers serves as the senior healthcare analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, conducting research on healthcare data, policies, and impacts on the Utah healthcare sector. Summers has expertise in health care, economics, and public policy. In health care, Summers’ research focus is state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid, public health, mental health, and the social determinants of health. Prior to joining the Institute, Summers was the senior director of state intelligence at Leavitt Partners, where she prepared detailed studies of state-by-state comparative data and analyzed national and state healthcare programs, policies, and trends. In addition to providing research and consulting services to payers, providers, and other healthcare companies, Summers led healthcare reform initiatives in states such as Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington State. Summers previously served as the Research Director of the Utah Foundation. Summers received her MPP with an emphasis in Public Economics from Brigham Young University and her B.S. in Economics from Westminster College.