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Ms. Sarah Pedersen

Ms. Sarah Pedersen (M.P.P., Health and Social Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy) is a Senior Research Associate at IMPAQ International with more than 9 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research on a range of domestic and international topics. She has served on multidisciplinary research teams for a number of local, state, and federally-funded projects focusing on quality of health care, access to health care and services for vulnerable populations, patient-centered care, and quality measurement. In addition to her work in IMPAQ’s Health Division, Ms. Pedersen also leads research on child labor and workers’ rights initiatives in IMPAQ’s International Division.    

Expertise

Ms. Pedersen’s expertise includes mixed methods evaluations, qualitative research design and analysis, community-based participatory research, performance measurement, evaluation design, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning. In addition to technical and policy research and analysis, Ms. Pedersen is well versed in project management, including risk management, designing and managing work plans, facilitating communication, resource and budget management, and quality assurance.

For IMPAQ’s Medicare Advantage Care Coordination Measure Development contract, Ms. Pedersen serves as project director, leading the development of quantifiable care coordination measures that can be used to compare the extent and quality of care coordination services provided to Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. Ms. Pedersen directs and oversees development and validation of the measures, the convening of a panel of subject matter experts, and recommendations for operationalizing and incorporating the measures into the existing Medicare Advantage Star Ratings program.     

Clients

Ms. Pedersen has worked with a wide range of local, state, and federal clients including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Administration for Community Living, Agency on Aging, Maryland Health Care Commission, Department of Labor International Labor Affairs Bureau, and Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Ms. Pedersen led a community-based participatory needs assessment of the African and Caribbean communities of Maryland’s Montgomery County on behalf of the County’s Office of Community Partnerships. She supported the design and implementation of an evaluation of the Community-Based Alternatives to Detention Pilot Program at the University of Maryland, and at the National Center for Health Research, she assisted with the design and implementation of an initiative to improve patient navigation among women diagnosed with breast cancer. Ms. Pedersen also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi where she worked with women and youth groups to promote healthy decision making, life skills, and business development.

Education

Ms. Pedersen earned her Master of Public Policy, with a specialization in Health and Social Policy, from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Theater Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University. 

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Karikari-Martin, P., Zapata, D., Clark-Shirley, L., Hesgrove, B., Pedersen, S., Bertane, C., Gale, B., Harris, K. & Kauffman, K. (2018, June). Health Economic Interest Group Presentation: The Graduate Nurse Education Project: An Innovative Approach to Increase the Pipeline of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM), Seattle, WA.

Karikari-Martin, P., Zapata, D., Clark-Shirley, L., Hesgrove, B., Pedersen, S., Bertane, C., Gale, B., Harris, K. & Kauffman, K. (2018, June). The Graduate Nurse Education Project: An Innovative Approach to Increase the Pipeline of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Poster presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Contributor: Brandis, M. (2011). Thinking Big, Building Small. Ontario: Pandora Press.

Contributor: Koulish, R. (2012). Spiderman’s Web and the Governmentality of Electronic Immigrant Detention. Journal of Law, Culture and Humanities.