Martha Kovac

Martha Kovac

Associate Director
Areas of Expertise
  • Designing and collecting health care surveys of providers and practice managers, health care facilities, and low-income vulnerable families
  • Surveying staff and conducting observations in child care settings and surveying families in home visiting programs
Topics
  • Health
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
About Martha

Martha Kovac designs health care surveys of providers and practice managers, health care facilities, and low-income vulnerable families. She has expertise in surveying staff and conducting observations in child care settings and surveying families in home visiting programs.

Kovac has designed surveys covering topics such as health quality and quality improvement, electronic health records and meaningful use, access and coordination of care, and unmet needs and is experienced with usability testing and cognitive interviewing. She is the survey director for  the national evaluation of early childhood home visiting programs, overseeing the longitudinal family survey and multiple rounds of videotaped observations. Kovac also directs a project to assess the effect of health plan bonus payments on Medicare Advantage plan quality. The evaluation is looking at patterns and trends in plan quality and plan enrollment using in-depth case studies and a survey.

Kovac presents her work at professional conferences sponsored by the American Public Health Association, American Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. She holds an M.P.H. in health policy and management from the School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles.