- Qualitative methods
- Program evaluation
- Community health assessments
- Medicaid and CHIP
- Population Health
Olivia Kenney is an expert in qualitative evaluation, and her interests lie at the intersection of policy, evidence, and health equity. She focuses primarily on data from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In her Medicaid and CHIP work, Kenney provides technical assistance to states on Performance Indicator data. She also helps create monthly data visualizations that show the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid beneficiaries’ health and service utilization. In her evaluation work, she supports the design, tool development, data collection, analysis, and reporting for evaluations of projects that take innovative approaches to transforming health care systems by integrating health equity and community voices.
Before joining Mathematica, Kenney worked as an evaluation coordinator at the Colorado School of Public Health and as a qualitative analyst studying public comments submitted about proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. She first became interested in health systems while working as a medical billing specialist for a health care provider in Boulder, Colorado. She later interned at the Boulder County Public Health department, completing a capstone project on the role that public health departments can play in addressing housing access as a social determinant of health.
Kenney has an M.P.H. from the Colorado School of Public Health and a B.A. in international studies from George Washington University.