Jenna is a health services researcher with 20 years of experience designing and leading mixed-methods research and evaluations.
Jenna is a principal research scientist who uses qualitative, implementation science, survey, econometric, and community-based participatory research methods. Her scholarship focuses on Medicaid/Medicare financing and delivery, state health policy, behavioral health access and integration, care delivery transformation in primary care and safety-net systems, and community health and well-being.
Her portfolio for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) includes mixed-methods evaluations of state payment and delivery models, such as the Vermont All-Payer Accountable Care Organization Model, the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model, and Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program. Her work with agencies, foundations, and local organizations examines the effectiveness of evidence-based models for care delivery, access, and coordination across community-based settings. She also has a portfolio of work focused on professional well-being and factors associated with access to care.
She was formerly at Abt Associates, adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and associate director of the Brandeis University Council on Health Care Economics and Policy. She engages with community members, policymakers, and implementation partners throughout the design, research, and dissemination process. She brings international development experience and is co-author of Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Human Basis for Sustainable Development as a Rotary Fellow in Mexico City.
Honors & Awards
Daniel B. McGilis Professional Development and Dissemination Grant | 2016
Public Health Systems Research Student Scholarship Award | 2014
Provost’s Dissertation Award | 2014
Dissertation Award, Heller School Alumni Annual Fund | 2013
Dissertation Fellowship, Elliot M. Stone Memorial Fund | 2011
Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
Conference Scholarship, From Disparities Research to Disparities Interventions | 2011
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute