Chris Denson

Director of Policy and Research


Chris Denson

Director of Policy and Research

Chris Denson is the Director of Policy and Research at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and possesses over a decade of experience in public policy in Georgia and Washington, D.C.

Chris joined the Foundation in March 2020. His prior experience includes his tenure as the Director of Outreach at HCA Memorial Health in Savannah, a 612-bed Level 1 trauma center serving a 32-county region in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina, Manager of Health Policy Consulting for Leavitt Partners in Washington, D.C., and the Director of Advisory Services for Hometown Health, a multi-state rural hospital trade association based in Georgia.

A native of Douglasville, Ga., Chris graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and was a member of Princeton’s Varsity Football team. He earned his MPH in Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia after beginning his career as a staff member in the Office of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, managing constituent services and a legislative portfolio of Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs issues.

Chris is a member of the Zell Miller Leadership Institute Class of 2019, the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network, and has served as a volunteer supporting nonprofit delivery of healthcare to uninsured residents in Southeast Georgia.

Chris and his wife Mary reside in her hometown of Dalton, Ga.

March 14, 2024 • Commentary

The state of CON repeal in Georgia

With only five legislative days remaining in the 2024 General Assembly, how are things looking for the effort to reduce Certificate of Need laws in Georgia?

December 7, 2023 • Commentary

Will Medicaid expansion make its way to Georgia?

Georgia policymakers may be asked to consider a potential expansion of the state Medicaid program using Arkansas as the model. But should they?

September 28, 2023 • Commentary

Birth center blocked by CON laws

In 2021, the Augusta Birth Center applied to become the first freestanding birth center in Richmond County.

July 13, 2023 • Commentary

House holds CON reform hearings

The Georgia House Study Committee on Certificate of Need Modernization held its first hearing this week in Atlanta.