Baicker relishes the different facets of her job as professor and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health and translating that work into meaningful action as a policy advisor.
The stars aligned around 2008, when real-time policy implications in Oregon created a perfect scenario to test Medicaid expansion’s cost-benefit. Baickers goal was to provide policy-makers rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of the program. Simply put, the study ended up dispelling both extremes—it increased costs but also helped patients be more proactive in seeking care.
Her upcoming studies focus on the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs and whether they improve cost-savings and outcomes. A second research project looks at the effects of non-healthcare intervention during pregnancy and early childhood.
As a professor, Baicker sees tremendous drive in young professionals and urges them to build a toolkit of skills to face the problems of tomorrow. “Look broadly—locally or nationally—for potential interests as problems can be brewing anywhere, and you will be able to make an impact you seek to achieve.”
Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
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