Rumin Sarwar is a health researcher with expertise in delivery system reform and mixed-methods implementation evaluations. Her recent work focuses on primary care transformation, particularly related to care management, addressing social needs, learning systems, physician engagement, and sustainability. She specializes in qualitative research methods, including designing sampling strategies, developing interview protocols, conducting interviews, training large research teams in standardizing data analysis methods, and translating research findings to inform and improve public policies and program performance.
Currently, Sarwar is a deputy task lead on the implementation evaluation of the Primary Care First Model, funded by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Her work focuses on the model’s seriously ill population. In addition, on the implementation evaluation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program, Sarwar leads the team that evaluates how primary care practices implement care management, and she works on the evaluations of the program’s learning system and overall sustainability.
Sarwar’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Managed Care and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has also written a toolkit published on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services website about how accountable care organizations can better engage physicians in quality improvement initiatives.
Before joining Mathematica in 2013, Sarwar helped develop a health program and program evaluation framework for a nonprofit based in Durham, North Carolina, called Student U. She holds a master’s of science degree in public health from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.