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- Health program evaluations
- Maternal and child health
- Public health
- Electronic health records
- Medicaid and CHIP
- Population Health
Anna Christensen is an expert in conducting program evaluations and providing program support in the areas of maternal and child health, public health, and health care quality. Recent projects focus on measuring and improving quality of care for children and mothers covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and integrating a population health perspective into health care delivery.
Christensen, who came to Mathematica in 2010, is currently evaluating two demonstration programs to improve quality of care for children with medical complexity in Medicaid, under the Health Care Innovation Award, Round 2 evaluation. She was recently the project director for the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009 Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Development Project. This initiative aimed to develop, update, and test pediatric clinical quality measures that use electronic health records as the data source. In addition, for the evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant program, she led an impact evaluation of pediatric patient-centered medical homes and an assessment of state Medicaid agencies’ capacity to report pediatric quality measures. Christensen has also conducted formative work for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation on the impact of health reform on public health and safety net programs and on the integration of public health and clinical care delivery systems.
Formerly, Christensen held research positions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital and Brown Medical School. Christensen holds a Ph.D. in population, family and reproductive health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
National Evaluation of CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant
This program aims to identify effective, replicable strategies for enhancing quality of care for children. Mathematica’s evaluation is assessing whether states achieved their objectives and evaluating which strategies proved most effective.
Bihar, India: Measurement Learning and Evaluation for the Family Health Initiative
Mathematica is leading the measurement, learning, and evaluation component of the Ananya program, formerly known as the Family Health Initiative, in Bihar, India.
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