Margaret (Peggy) O'Brien-Strain, Principal Associate

Expertise

  • Child and family services

    • Child care and child care subsidies
    • Family resource centers
    • Child welfare
  • Developmental disabilities

  • Health care delivery

    • Medicare and Medicaid costs and payment policies
    • Access to care, including rural access
    • Ryan White Ryan White HIV/AIDS program 
    • Home and community-based services
  • Interactions between public and community-based services

Experience

President and Senior Research Associate, Mission Analytics Group (2010-present)

Senior Research Associate, Acumen, LLC/ SPHERE Institute (2002-2010)

Economist, John W. Gardner Center for Youth & Their Communities, Stanford University (2003-2008)

Research Associate, Acumen, LLC / SPHERE Institute (1999-2002)

Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California (1997-2002)

Education

Ph.D., (1999) Economics, Stanford University

B.A., (1988) Economics, Swarthmore College

Selected Publications

Arranging and Paying for Child Care (with Laura Moyé, and Freya Lund Sonenstein), Public Policy Institute of California, December 2003.  http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=315.

Child Care Price Dynamics in California (with Grecia Marrufo and Helen Oliver), Public Policy Institute of California, December 2003.  http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=314.

“Evaluation of the Medicare Demonstration to Transition Enrollment of Low Income Subsidy Beneficiaries” (with Grecia Marrufo, Nick Theobald, Teresa Lau, Eric Verhulst and Nashat Moin) Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2009.  http://www.cms.gov/reports/downloads/OBrien-Strain_PartD_Bid_2009.pdf

McLaughlin, M. & O’Brien-Strain, M. (2008) The Youth Data Archive: Integrating Data to Assess Social Settings in a Societal Sector Framework. In M. Shinn & H. Yoshikawa (Eds.), Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs (pp. 313-329). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Medi-Cal Expenditures: Historical Growth and Long Term Forecasts (with Thomas MaCurdy, Raymond Chan, Rodney Chun, and Hans Johnson), Public Policy Institute of California, June 2005.  http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=619.

“Mortality Special Incidents: Semi-Annual Report Submitted to the California Department of Developmental Services: January-June 2009,” March 2010. http://www.dds.ca.gov/Publications/docs/RMSemiAnnualReport_NonMortality2009.pdf

“Non-Mortality Special Incidents: Semi-Annual Report Submitted to the California Department of Developmental Services: January-June 2009,” March 2010. http://www.dds.ca.gov/Publications/docs/RMSemiAnnualReport_NonMortality2009.pdf

“Report on the Sixth Update of the Geographic Practice Cost Index for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule” (with West Addison and Nick Theobald), Report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, June 2010.  https://www.cms.gov/PhysicianFeeSched/downloads/Draft_Geographic_Practice_Cost_Indices_Update_Report.pdf

“Review of Alternative GPCI Payment Locality Structures—Final Report,” (with West Addison and Nick Theobald), Report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, January 2010.  https://www.cms.gov/physicianfeesched/downloads/ReviewOfAltGPCIs.pdf.