LeeAnn Roman PhD


Lee Anne Roman, Ph.D., M.S.N, received her BSN from Michigan State University in 1969 and her MSN in 1976. She obtained her PhD from Michigan State University in 1988. She is currently an Professor with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University.


Dr. Roman specializes in health services research primarily focused on maternal and child health and health disparities among Medicaid-insured families. Her research is conducted in collaboration with multiple partners, health systems, health departments, community agencies, and the Michigan Department of Community Health. She currently leads a five year Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) research demonstration project to develop and test a county population perinatal system of care with primary community partners Spectrum Health, Cherry Street Health Services, Kent County Health Department, Arbor Circle (mental health), Priority Health Plan, and the Michigan Department of Community Health. The system of care model will be developed using the well established Chronic Care Model and tested for population health impacts.

This research builds on eight years of prior program and policy research with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Medicaid, to improve services for low income women (Michigan Families Medicaid Project). Dr. Roman led a team of university researchers, policymakers, and practioners that used linked vital record and Medicaid data to inform improvements in the Michigan Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP). She is a co-Principal Investigator of a quasi-experimental, propensity matched evaluation of the MIHP program.

She also has a special research interest in Community Health Workers (CHW) who engage women living in difficult life circumstances in health services. This builds on her prior work conducting a randomized trial comparing state-sponsored Medicaid enhanced prenatal services delivered by professionals, with a nurse-CHW team approach focused on women’s stress and mental health. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, she directs a five year study of the Grand Rapids Healthy Start CHW Program including program outcomes and long term financing mechanisms. She also partners with a consortium of Michigan Federal Healthy Start Programs to develop a statewide evaluation of Michigan programs. She has also expanded her CHW research interest in women's health and is a co-investigator for an NIH-funded randomized trial, the Kin Keeper project. She is a member of the Michigan Alliance for Community Health Workers and serves on the evaluation and policy/ finance teams.

Areas of Research:

Maternal Child Health (State Warehouse database)