Shira Rutman, MPH

Project Policy Analyst, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Ms. Rutman joined the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in 2017 to support the evaluation of California’s Adolescent Sexual Health programs among other projects. She worked early in her career at the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences within the Family Planning Research unit on adolescent contraception, and sexual networks studies. Her work over the past decade plus focused on American Indian and Alaska Native populations in urban areas, including quantitative and qualitative studies on adolescent health, infant mortality, reproductive health, sexual violence, and social determinants of health. Most recently, she led the design and implementation of an evaluation of the CDC’s largest single investment to prevent chronic disease among American Indians/Alaska Natives, including 23 tribes and tribal organizations nationwide. She has also conducted projects in a range of topics, such as data quality improvement, clinic capacity assessment, communication campaign development, and health data literacy training. Shira is dedicated to identifying and reducing health inequities particularly for vulnerable populations.



  • University of Washington, Master's in Public Health