Amy B. LaFrance, MPH
Senior Manager, Research Project Management Office

Amy LaFrance, MPH, is a public health research professional with more than 15 years of experience in research, national policy initiatives and community engagement both in the US and globally, including Mongolia, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. At HealthPartners, she manages the Research Project Management Office, as well as several research studies. In addition, she led development of the Community Advisory Council for Research and Quality and is part of the planning team. 

Her main interests include health disparities and community engagement, preventive services (including tobacco use prevention) and global health.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Team development and leadership
  • Complex project management
  • Writing and editing for scientific and lay audiences
  • Building effective collaborations

Conducting Institute research since 2013

Education and training include:  
  • Master of Public Health – Administration and Policy (Concentration: Global Health) 
  • University of Minnesota (U of M), School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN. Judd Fellow. Community Service Award.


Academic appointment: Adjunct instructor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (2009-2013)

Research Interests include:
  • Community engagement, global health, health disparities, preventive services, tobacco
  • Current research activities and funding:
  • Minnesota EHRConsortium
  • National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

Publications While At Healthpartners
selected publications
Journal Article
  • A randomized controlled trial of an intervention to reduce stigma toward people with opioid use disorder among primary care clinicians
    Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. 2023
  • Evaluation of preferred language and timing of COVID-19 vaccine uptake and disease outcomes
    JAMA network open. 2023
  • Budgetary impact from multiple perspectives of sustained antitobacco national media campaigns to reduce the harms of cigarette smoking
    Tobacco Control. 2021
  • Projecting the future impact of past accomplishments in tobacco control
    Tobacco Control. 2021
  • Health and budgetary impact of achieving 10-year U.S. sodium reduction targets
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2020
  • The 20-year impact of tobacco price and tobacco control expenditure increases in Minnesota, 1998-2017
    PloS One. 2020
  • Twenty-year health and economic impact of reducing cigarette use: Minnesota 1998-2017
    Tobacco Control. 2020
  • Piquing their “Pinterest”: a qualitative study to format and deliver complex fish consumption guidelines to women who are or could become pregnant
  • Health benefits and cost-effectiveness of asymptomatic screening for hypertension and high cholesterol and aspirin counseling for primary prevention
    Annals of Family Medicine. 2017
  • Health benefits and cost-effectiveness of brief clinician tobacco counseling for youth and adults
    Annals of Family Medicine. 2017
  • Updated priorities among effective clinical preventive services
    Annals of Family Medicine. 2017
  • Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer: a decision analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
    Annals of Internal Medicine. 2016
  • Modeled health and economic impact of team-based care for hypertension
    American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016
  • A new paradigm of depression care: collaborative approach aids patients, physicians
    Minn Physician. 2013
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