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Lauren Isaacs

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Scientist

Lauren has expertise in qualitative study design, data collection, analysis, reporting, evaluability assessment, and project management.

Lauren is a senior research scientist who supports projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Her research focuses on subjects including health equity and health disparities; telehealth; chronic disease; and payment and delivery system reform.

For the CMS Office of Minority Health, Lauren supports efforts to advance equity across CMS programs and policies and improve health equity for racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and rural populations. For the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, she has worked on projects related to reducing disparities among populations disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease.

For MedPAC, she manages annual focus groups with Medicare beneficiaries and clinicians about topics including coverage choices, access to care, care coordination, and changes to health care delivery, as well as interviews with providers, health systems, health plans, and other respondents. Lauren has worked on projects related to mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency for the CDC Foundation, the CDC Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Nursing Home COVID-19 Coordinating Center.

Prior to joining NORC, Lauren worked with older adults in settings including a continuing care retirement community and a nursing and rehabilitation center.



Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Columbia School of Social Work


Northwestern University

Project Contributions

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Providing research, monitoring, and evaluation services to support CDC’s legacy Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Focus Groups and Site Visits

Annual interviews and focus groups of Medicaid-Medicare beneficiaries and providers on payment and access


Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac)