Margo Edmunds is an American health policy researcher, strategy consultant, educator, and writer who began her clinical career in disease management at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her recent work has focused on the use of health information technology in healthcare reform and public health, including co-authoring Toward Health Information Liquidity, a Booz Allen Hamilton white paper that explores the challenges and opportunities for electronic health information systems.
Formerly Vice President with The Lewin Group,[clarification needed] Edmunds has held senior positions at the University of California, San Francisco; Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies; Children's Defense Fund (CDF); and American Institutes for Research. At the IOM, she directed studies on health insurance and access to care and provided testimony on children’s coverage to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
In 2000, she and her team at CDF released All Over the Map, a report on progress implementing the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The report was used as a briefing and reference document for members of Congress and the Gore presidential campaign, and was widely covered by the media, including The New York Times.
In 2000, she co-founded MediaVision USA, a strategic communications firm. She co-teaches a course on Emergency and Risk Communication. She and her MediaVision partner, Charles Fulwood, collaborated on an online multimedia course on emergency preparedness communications for the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, as well as a primer for health professionals on strategic communications. and also made several presentations at state, regional, and national conferences on public health preparedness. From 1999 to 2006, Edmunds was a member of the teaching faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she introduced strategic communications and informatics to policy analysis and public health practice.
Edmunds received a PhD in human development at The Pennsylvania State University, where she studied systems theory, policy analysis, and clinical psychology. She completed clinical training at the Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback Clinic at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a Fellow and former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She chaired the Health IT Interest Group for AcademyHealth from 2007 to June 2010. She is also a member of the Public Policy Committee and the Public Health Informatics Workgroup of the American Medical Informatics Association.
- Booz Allen website
- Steinhauer, Jennifer (September 28, 2000). "States Prove Unpredictable in Aiding Uninsured Children". The New York Times.
- Edmunds, Margo; Fulwood, Charles (2002). "Strategic Communications in Oral Health: Influencing Public and Professional Opinions and Actions". Ambulatory Pediatrics 2 (2 Suppl): 180–4. doi:10.1367/1539-4409(2002)002<0180:SCIOHI>2.0.CO;2. ISSN 1539-4409. PMID 11950390.
- Pew Internet Project and Elon College. Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast (2004 Experts Survey)
- Edmunds M, Frank RG, et al. (1997) Managing Managed Care. Washington, DC: National Academy Press
- Edmunds M and Coye MJ. (1998) America's Children: Health Insurance and Access to Care. Washington, DC: National Academy Press
- Edmunds M and Coye MJ. (1998) Systems of Accountability: Implementing Children's Health Insurance Programs. Washington, DC: National Academy Press
- Edmunds M, Teitelbaum M, Gleason C. (2000). "All Over the Map: A Progress Report on the State Children's Health Insurance Program". Washington, DC: Children's Defense Fund
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Web-Site Content Helps Policymakers Implement the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP grant report, 2004)
- Steinhauer, Jennifer. "States Prove Unpredictable in Aiding Uninsured Children", The New York Times. September 28, 2000
- Johns Hopkins Communication in Contemporary Society Program website
- Edmunds M and Chambers S. (1990). "Behavioral Management of Neurologically-involved Patients", Topics in Neurology, Postgraduate Advances in Physical Therapy. Alexandria, VA: American Physical Therapy Association