Megan Lahr

Principal Investigator


  • MPH, Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • BA, Sociology, Kenyon College, 2010


Since joining the Flex Monitoring Team in 2017, Megan’s work has focused on quality of care and best practices in Critical Access Hospitals, as well as quality measures data analyses related to the MBQIP program. Megan has served as the Principal Investigator of the Flex Monitoring Team since 2022 and is also an investigator with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. In that role she has completed research in access to care for rural individuals, rural caregiving, health care and health care access for rural LGBTQ adults, and health care and support services for older adults in rural communities. Prior to working at the RHRC, Megan worked at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) on a variety of projects related to access, cost, quality, and health outcomes. She also spent several years working in federal policy for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. While working in the Senate in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, MN, Megan held several positions focusing on operations, policy development, health reform, and healthcare outreach and casework.

Research Interests

  • Rural health care quality and quality measurement
  • Health care access for rural and underserved populations
  • Health equity
  • Aging in rural communities
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