Rumin Sarwar is a senior health researcher with experience in qualitative and mixed-methods studies. Her current work focuses on evaluating COVID-19 testing and vaccination, routine vaccination, and primary care transformation programs.
Today, Sarwar co-leads a qualitative site visit studies evaluating promising practices for COVID-19 testing and/or vaccination in states and tribal organizations. The study focuses on populations who are medically or socially at disproportionate risk for COVID-19 or related adverse outcomes. This study is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Previously, Sarwar led the feasibility study of five promising practices for improving pediatric COVID-19 vaccination rates. This study was funded by the Association of Immunization Managers.
Sarwar has also contributed to the implementation evaluations of the largest primary care demonstrations funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Currently, Sarwar co-leads the mixed methods implementation evaluation of the Maryland Primary Care Program, a statewide program that provides funding and support to advance primary care delivery. Previously, Sarwar co-led qualitative site visit studies for the implementation evaluations of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative (CPC+) and Primary Care First (PCF).
Sarwar’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Evaluation, American Journal of Managed Care, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has also helped write toolkits published on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website about care transformation and physician engagement.
Sarwar holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.