Tricia Higgins

Tricia Collins Higgins

Senior Researcher
  • Health care systems research
  • Program and policy evaluation
  • Primary care redesign and transformation
  • Behavioral health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Qualitative methods
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Population Health
About Tricia

Tricia Collins Higgins’s research focuses on primary care transformation, health services, safety net systems, quality of care, behavioral health, and maternal and child health.

Currently, Higgins is part of the team evaluating the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, a large-scale, multipayer initiative to transform primary care delivery. Higgins also led the qualitative research team for Mathematica’s evaluation of CMMI’s Health Care Innovation Behavioral Health Awards program, intended to deliver better health, improved care, and lower costs to people with serious mental illness or other behavioral health needs enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. In addition, she contributed to the implementation evaluation of CMMI’s Health Care Innovation Primary Care Redesign Awards, which funded organizations implementing compelling new ideas in primary care delivery.

Higgins has also recently led projects and tasks for Mathematica’s work with health care foundations, including serving as project director of the evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s HealthDoers Network.  In addition, she is the qualitative lead and deputy project director for a Colorado Health Foundation project that examines the extent to which a funding opportunity supporting team-based care in 20 Colorado clinics helps those clinics optimize existing care teams to deliver coordinated, high quality care. Recently, Higgins completed another project for the Colorado Health Foundation that assessed the changing landscape of coverage and care for low-income children due to Affordable Care Act implementation and other influences in the state.

Higgins, who joined Mathematica in 2008, holds a Ph.D. in health policy and management from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and an M.P.H. with a focus in maternal and child health from Boston University School of Public Health. She lives and works in Golden, Colorado.


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