Mitchell Running (MPA ’17, MPH ’18) joined the La Follette School in July 2021 and leads its legislative outreach efforts, including the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars. Before returning to his alma mater, Running worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the FoodShare and Medicaid Managed Care sections.
This Wisconsin Hospital Association selected Running as the La Follette School’s Stephen F. Brenton Health Policy Scholar in 2018. Faculty at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) also nominated him for the Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health in 2019.
As a graduate student, Running was a project assistant (PA) for Assistant Professor Yang Wang on her research about minimum wages and immigrants’ health and the impact of long commute times on birth outcomes. Wang’s research and Running’s PAship were funded by the Kohl Public Service Research Competition.
Running most recently was the lead policy analyst and/or project manager on various state priorities related to Medicaid, including the COVID-19 response and the DMS Managed Care Strategic Initiatives project (with the National Governors Association).
Running earned a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from UW–La Crosse in 2008 and worked as a professional archaeologist on government compliance projects before beginning his graduate studies at the La Follette School and SMPH.