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Rachel Carnahan

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Rachel is an experienced project manager and survey research with expertise in multi-mode and longitudinal survey design and implementation.

Rachel is a skilled project manager with extensive experience managing large-scale, multi-faceted healthcare-related projects and surveys. Rachel’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of a project; developing and managing schedules and budgets; facilitation of OMB and IRB approvals; identifying potential challenges and developing proposed solutions; weekly and monthly reporting; directing project teams; authoring memos and reports for delivery to clients; development and management of study protocols.

In over nine years at NORC, Rachel has experience on wide-ranging healthcare projects. On the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Rachel manages the Central Distributor operations including management of data use agreements (DUAs) for all data users, review and updating of application materials, and ensuring the smooth and timely delivery of data to purchasers. On the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Rachel has held a number of roles related to questionnaire development and data collection, mostly recently managing the addition of the Patient Reported Indicator Surveys (PaRIS) as a supplement to the MCBS survey. 

For the Assessing Social and Community Environments with National Data (ASCEND) for Veteran Suicide Prevention, Rachel has led the implementation a large, nationally representative, multimode survey consisting of paper, web, and phone modes. Rachel has is also the project manager for NORC’s role in the Medicaid Drug Price Transparency Learning Collaborative and managed data collection for the California Health Coverage Survey and Evaluation of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.

Project Contributions

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Evaluation of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model

Assessing an innovative model to reduce Medicare costs


Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

California Health Coverage Survey FAQ

An annual survey to inform improvements in California’s health insurance marketplace


Covered California

ASCEND for Veteran Suicide Prevention

A recurring national surveillance study to inform efforts to combat Veteran suicides


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Rocky Mountain Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center for Veteran Suicide Prevention