Dana Hughes is Professor Emeritus of Health Policy in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and at the Healthforce Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Before leaving the university, Dana taught health policy, public health in medicine and social & behavioral sciences and conducted research and evaluations. Her research focus included access to health and dental care among low income children, families, the disabled, and other underserved populations; analyses of systems, organizations and organizational behavior; and, evaluations of programs addressing social and economic inequalities that contribute to health disparities.
Currently, Dana serves as Principal at Indigo Pacific Consulting, a full service consulting firm specializing in supporting community-based and non-profit organizations address social and economic inequities that contribute to health disparities. Services include grant writing, program design, program evaluation, strategic planning, policy analysis, data analysis, and report writing. Prior to joining UCSF, Dana worked in Washington, D.C. in Congress for Congressman Ronald V. Dellums and Congressman Louis Stokes. She also worked for five years (1985-1989) at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. where she consulted with Medicaid agencies, state legislatures and other policy makers for the enactment of Medicaid expansions to low income pregnant women and children.
From 1983-1985 she directed a consortium of community health centers in New York City. Between 1995 and 1998, Dana was a Fellow with the Kellogg National Fellowship Program. She earned a doctorate in public health (DrPH) at the University of California at Berkeley (1995). In addition, she has a Masters Degree in public health and a Masters Degree in urban planning from Columbia University (1983).