Matlin Gilman, MPH, MDiv

Researcher

Matlin Gilman is a researcher at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Matlin is working with Dr. Mary T. Bassett on research projects related to racism and health. The projects cover topics such as criminal justice reform, the racial wealth gap, reparations, and the racialized impact of Covid-19.

Matlin began his public health career at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). As a research assistant, he helped provide Congress with policy advice on the Medicare program and led a study on telehealth payment policy and service use. His study was published in Medicare & Medicaid Research Review.

After MedPAC, Matlin attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in social ethics. At Union, he studied black liberation theology and wrote his master’s thesis on what churches need to know about the U.S. health system to begin advocating for equity in health care.

During and after seminary, Matlin worked in public health research at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. At Rollins, he led three studies on the impact of Medicare’s value-based purchasing policies on the financial performance of safety-net hospitals. His studies were published in Annals of Internal Medicine and Health Affairs.

After Rollins, Matlin worked as a health policy analyst at the United Hospital Fund in New York City and managed a learning collaborative called Partnerships for Early Childhood Development. The initiative helps pediatric practices and community-based organizations learn how to work together to address the social needs of low-income children and families.

In 2010, Matlin received his B.A. from Boston University in economics. In 2020, he graduated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health degree in health and social behavior.