Health-related social needs such as stable housing, food security, protection from interpersonal violence, and transportation are key drivers of health care utilization and cost, yet it is often difficult for health care providers and systems to identify such needs and connect patients with appropriate...
- Health care quality, transparency, and value-driven health care
- Health care consumer issues, consumer engagement, patient activation, and audience segmentation
- Population Health
Nyna Williams’s research focuses on health care quality, transparency, and value-driven health care, and on health care consumer issues, especially engagement of patients and other stakeholders in health-related decisions. She provides thought leadership regarding patient engagement in health decisions.
Before joining Mathematica in 2008, Williams spent six years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), first as a social science research analyst and then as director of the division that conducted formative consumer research and assessment research in support of CMS communication activities. Prior to joining CMS, she had 14 years of experience conducting health behavior research while holding academic and research positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the State University of New York College at Buffalo, the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Conn., the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and the University of Hartford.
She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University.
Accountable Health Communities: Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Facilitating Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making
Mathematica Policy Research will examine health care payment and purchasing policies that facilitate the goals of campaigns to promote evidence-based health care, such as the Choosing Wisely initiative.
Special Journal Edition Features Mathematica's Findings on ARRA $1.1 Billion Investment in CER
A special issue of the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research presents findings from Mathematica's midstream evaluation of the $1.1 billion investment by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Acts of 2009 in comparative effectiveness research.