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Cheryl Camillo PhD, MPA, BA JSGS Faculty, U of R

Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina; Associate, North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Affiliated Researcher, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative health policy
  • Health system reform
  • Population health
  • Universal health coverage
  • Social policy implementation
  • Federalism
  • Public administration
  • Health administration
  • Canadian and U.S. politics and governance


Cheryl A. Camillo is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner with over 25 years of success in developing and implementing solutions to real-world social policy and governance problems. During her career, she has served in most roles of the public policymaking process, including senior federal policy advisor, public health insurance program executive, program evaluator, policy analyst and advocate.

In performing person-centered and practice-informed research, supervising students, teaching, and disseminating knowledge Camillo seeks to facilitate understanding for the purposes of furthering the development and implementation of policy that will enhance population health.

Born and raised on Canada's border in Buffalo, New York, Cheryl's research focuses on health system and policy reforms within federal states. She actively promotes the exchange of ideas and lessons across national and subnational borders, including by convening state and provincial health systems leaders to discuss delivery system reforms and ways to collaborate to reduce pharmaceutical costs.  A 2015-2016 U.S. - Canada Fulbright Fellow, she serves on the Fulbright Canada Alumni Advisory Board. 


  • Ph.D. in Public Policy (Health Policy), University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • M.P.A., Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • B.A. in Political Science, Yale University

Supervisory Capacity

Cheryl Camillo is currently not accepting applications from prospective MPP or PhD students for September 2023.

Recent Grants/Awards


  • Co-Applicant, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Operating Grant: CIHR Network for Emerging COVID-19 Variants Research,"Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network: CoVARR-Net," $9,000,000. 2021.
  • Co-Applicant, University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine: Mingling Minds Rapid Response Funding (MMRRF), "Behavioral Attributes and Readiness for COVID-19 Vaccination Among the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Community." $10,000. 2021.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Solutions-Innovation Grant,"Engineering and Evaluating a Patient-oriented Home Care Ordering Tool to Enhance Aging in Place During the COVID Era," $50,000. 2021.
  • Principal Applicant, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Establishment Grant,"Maximizing Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Screening Program Rates through Patient-Partnered Research," $102,660. 2020.
  • Co-applicant, "Sharing key lessons from the local public health response to the first wave of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan,"  Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Research Connections: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, $8,817. 2020
  • Principal Investigator, Hubert Project. E-study: “Learning to Use Data in a Public Human Services Agency: Seven Lessons.” $3,000 USD. 2017
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE): " Assessing the impact of using modified adjusted gross income to determine eligibility for state medical assistance in 2014."  $100,000 USD.  2010.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE): "Evaluating the success of Maryland's Kids First Act outreach at identifying and enrolling uninsured eligible children in Medicaid or SCHIP."  $183,664 USD.  2008.


  • Judith A. Shinogle Memorial Fellowship, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2016
  • Fulbright Fellowship, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Assistantship and Tuition Scholarship, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1997-1998
  • Yale Club of New York City Scholar, Yale University, 1985-1989

Select Publications

Refereed Articles and Chapters

  • Camillo, C. A.  2021.  Understanding the mechanisms of administration burden through a within-case study of Medicaid expansion implementation.  Journal of Behavioral Public Administration 4(1): 1-12.  Retrieved from doi: https://doi.org/10.30636/jbpa.41.196.
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2017.  "Comparative healthcare systems," in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration Public Policy and Governance, ed. Ali Farazmand.  Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3128-1
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2017.  "Comparative health policies," in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration Public Policy and Governance, ed. Ali Farazmand.  Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3127-1
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2017.  "Street-level bureaucracy," in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration Public Policy and Governance, ed. Ali Farazmand.  Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_654-1
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2016.  "The U.S. Healthcare system: Complex and unequal." Global Social Welfare 3 (3): 151-160.  doi: 10.1007/s40609-016-0075-z
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2016.  Review of Medicaid Politics and Policy: Second Edition by David G. Smith and Judith D. Moore. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 41 (6): 1197-1202.  doi: 10.1215/03616878-3666226

Policy Briefs and Reports

  • Camillo, C. A., Longo, J. "A Tectonic Shift in the Digital Divide: It's deeper than a technological gap." JSGS Policy Brief COVID-19 Series: From Crisis to Recovery. Regina, SK: Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.  September 8, 2020. https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/research/publications/policy-brief/covid-series-tectonic-shift-in-the-digital-divide.php
  • Longo, J., & Camillo, C. A. "Working and Learning from Home in the Time of COVID-19: The Convergence of Private and Public Spaces Under a Re-emergent Digital Divide." Medium. August 21, 2020.  https://medium.com/@giustinolongo/working-and-learning-from-home-in-the-time-of-covid-19-a-new-digital-divide-bbd8e3fe6fc4
  • King, M., Maltsev, A., Haldane, V., Allin, S., Marchildon, G., Roerig, M., & Camillo, C.  2020. “North American COVID-19 Policy Response Monitor: Saskatchewan."
  • Toronto, ON: North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. 
  • Camillo, C., Farmanova, E., Peckham, A., Allin, S., & Marchildon, G. 2019, “Waivers to Enable Innovation in Care Delivery.”  Rapid Review (No. 11).  Toronto, ON: North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
  • Wachino, Vikki, Cheryl A. Camillo, Sam Stromberg, Samantha Artiga, and Robin Rudowitz. 2014.  “An Introduction to Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment Performance Measures.”  Washington, DC: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Camillo, Cheryl A. 2012.  "CHIP Data in the Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS): Availability and Uses."  Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research. October.  doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1945.1926. 
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2012.  "Implementing Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act: Issues Facing State Medicaid and CHIP Programs."  Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Health Access Reform Evaluation.  July.


  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  "An Information Campaign about Public Health Insurance Program Financing Could Facilitate Health Reform," PA Times Online, December 22.
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  "Let’s Consider the Future Role of Public Agency Caseworkers in Connecting Americans to Health Benefits" PA Times Online, October 13.     
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2017.  "Improving Understanding of the U.S. Health Insurance System through Public Education" PA Times Online, September 5.     
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2017.  "From Gatekeepers and Negotiators to Servants: The Potential Effects of a Single Payer Health Care System on Public Organizations and Employees" PA Times Online, August 8.     
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2017.  "Repeal and Replace and the Role of Public Administration" PA Times Online, July 11.     

Policy Commentary

  • Camillo, C.A. “An economic strategy for the pandemic: Balancing paid and unpaid work.” Women for Saskatchewan. October 23, 2020.  https://womenforsaskatchewan.ca/cheryl-camillo-an-economic-strategy-for-the-pandemic-balancing-paid-and-unpaid-work/ 
  • Camillo, Cheryl A.  2016.  "Next on the Agenda for the Health Ministers: Meeting With their American Counterparts?" Policy: Canadian Politics and Public Policy.  April.     
  • Camillo, Cheryl A. 2015.  “Government Aid and the Me Versus Them Mindset.”  Governing.  July 31.
  • Camillo, Cheryl A. 2015.  “More to Say on 'Excited Delerium'.” [Letter to the editor]. The Washington Post.  May 11.

Blog Post

  • Camillo, Cheryl A. 2015.  “A Fulbright Fellowship is a Lifelong Journey Available to All”  [Web log comment].  Fulbright Canada Blog, November 19.