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Steve Borders

Stephen Borders is an Associate Professor of Health Care Administration at Grand Valley State University.

232C DeVos Center
phone: 616-331-656

Professor Borders teaches courses in health policy, health care finance and research methods. His research has been published in The Foundation Review, Michigan Journal of Public Health, Social Work in Public Health, Human Resources for Health, and International Journal of Public Administration. Recent applied research reports include: The Health Transportation Shortage Index: A New Measure of Child Healthcare Access, Kent County Early Childhood Indicators, Reducing Food Insecurity in Kent County: Assessing the Progress, and Statewide Evaluation of the Texas Medicaid Medical Transportation System.

From 2007 to 2012, Steve served as the graduate program director for the Master of Health Administration. He has also served as a research fellow with the Community Research Institute.

In 2012, Professor Borders began Community Health Score, a student-collaborative research project inspired by the books Patchwork Nation and Megachange. The work seeks to provide clues about the health of the communities within Kent County.

Prior to his position at GVSU, he served as an Acute Care Policy Analyst for the Texas Medicaid Program. During his PhD program at Texas A&M University, he worked as a Research Associate at the Public Policy Research Institute where he conducted a number of evaluations of the Texas non-emergency medical transportation program, the Texas Medicaid managed care program and an evaluation of the non-poor uninsured in Texas.


  • The book I am currently recommending to my friends is ... The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • If I were not a professor, I think I would like to be ... a sailboat captain
  • The restaurant (and pub) I am currently recommending to my friends is ... Harmony Brewing Company
  • My best advice to students is ... "Chance favors the prepared mind."  Louise Pasteur
  • At home, I have ... two pets that might as well be children ... Ginger and Daisy


Steve Borders