Alison Laffan is a principal research scientist in the Health Sciences Department. Laffan is an epidemiologist with more than a decade of experience managing federal research, evaluation, and coordination projects for AHRQ, CDC, PCORI, CMS and private foundations. Her work focuses on the health and well-being of aging and reducing health disparities. She projects have included research on hospital acquired conditions, dementia, diabetes, and disabilities.
Laffan lead evaluations projects employing quantitative and qualitative methods, studying health care delivery innovations and public health programs designed to improve health, increase health care quality, and reduce costs. She manages work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services supporting the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to improve health care quality for populations facing health disparities. In addition, she leads work supporting federal and local efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations including nursing home residents and racial and ethnic minorities.
Prior to joining NORC, she served.as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Fellow, in the HHS office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response where she coordinated policy for public health emergency preparedness and response across federal stakeholder agencies and international partners. Earlier in her career Laffan managed a federally funded clinical research program at Johns Hopkins University focused on sleep and sleep disorders.