Elizabeth (Ellie) Coombs, Research Associate

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Expertise

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

  • Implementation and impact evaluation research method design, including the development of research surveys and interview/focus group protocols

  • Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) package development for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval

  • Literature reviews and environmental scans

  • Data collection through interviews, focus groups (in English and Spanish), and site visits

  • Data analysis and summary of key results for technical reports and memos to audiences including Congress, governmental agencies, and direct service providers

TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

  • Facilitation of Affinity Groups, care collaboratives, and Electronic Health Record (EHR) user groups

  • Identification and dissemination of promising practices

  • Technical assistance website design and content development, including fact sheets, user manuals, and FAQs

  • Webinar presentations

TOPIC AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • HIV care delivery

  • Medicaid-funded home and community-based services

  • Hepatitis C treatment access and policy

  • Health information data management and reporting

  • Paid family leave policy

  • Rural health care delivery and payment models

Experience

Research Associate, Mission Analytics Group (2010-present)

Research Associate, Acumen, LLC (2007-2010)

Director of Public Reform, Grupo FARO (2004-2006)

Water and Sanitation Volunteer, United States Peace Corps and UNICEF (1999-2002)

Education

M.P.P. (2004), Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

B.A (1998) Anthropology, University California, Los Angeles

Selected Publications

“Building Futures: Supporting youth Living with HIV Technical Assistance Toolkit.” (with Debbie Isenberg, AJ Jones, Emily Rubella, and Echo Wang), Report to the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, September 2018: https://targethiv.org/library/building-futures-supporting-youth-living-hiv-technical-assistance-toolkit

“Colorado’s Certification Survey Process for Providers of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS): Final Report” (with AJ Jones, Smita Patil, Eric Verhulst, and Trixy Manansala), Report to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, June 2017.

“Cost Analysis of the Caribbean Peer Promoter Initiative:  The Impact of Budget Allocation Strategies on Program Participation and Retention,” (with Ed Kako, Marika Johansson, and Peggy O’Brien-Strain).  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), March 2010.

“Costs and Factors Associated with Turnover among Peer and Outreach Workers within the Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men SPNS Initiative,” (with Ed Kako, Marika Johansson, and Peggy O’Brien-Strain).  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), March 2010.

 “Evaluation of Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal Anti-Fraud Activities,” (with Thomas MaCurdy and Margaret O’Brien-Strain), Report to California Legislature, August 2007.

“Exploring the Relationship between the California Paid Family Leave Program and the Well-Being of Low-Income Families.” (with Margaret O’Brien-Strain, H. Strickland, and K. Gunther), Report to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2016.

“Family Leave and Lower-income Families: Linkages between Mothers' Return to Work, Leave, and Child Care.” (with Laura Gomez and Trixy Manansala), Report to the Assistance Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, May 2018.

“Evaluation Report of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration.” (with Margaret O’Brien-Strain, Nick Theobald, Y. Abe and K. Akiya), Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, April 2016.

“Evaluation Report of the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration,” (with Boyd Gilman, Margaret O’Brien-Strain, Margaret Gertais and Gilbert Gimm), Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, October 2011.

“Providing Primary Care and Preventive Medical Services in RWHAP-funded Care Settings” (with Imogen Fua and Andrew Jones), Report to the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, December 2016.

 “State Reflections and Recommendations: Balancing Incentive Program.” (with Claris Chang, Ed Kako, and Smita Patil), Report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), February 2016.

“Statewide Appendix G Review for Developmental Disabilities (DD), Supportive Living Services (SLS), and Children’s Extensive Support (CES) Waivers: Final Report,” (with Margaret O’Brien-Strain, Smita Patil, and Jonathan Wilwerding), Report to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, June 2018.

“Understanding and Monitoring Funding Streams in Ryan White Clinics Survey: Draft Report” (with Liz Oppenheim and Margaret O’Brien-Strain), Report to the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, July 2014.