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Karen Swietek

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Health Economist
Karen is a health economist with over 10 years of experience in health services research, statistical analysis, and quasi-experimental study design.

Karen’s research includes mixed-methods studies focused on primary care, behavioral health and chronic comorbidities, alternative payment and delivery models, and health equity.

Since joining NORC in 2011, Karen has worked on several multi-site evaluations for state and federal clients, including acting as the quantitative team lead for the Rhode Island 1115 Medicaid Waiver Evaluation and as a quantitative researcher for the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity and Community Health Model (ACO REACH) Model. Karen’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Health Services Research and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She is a member of AcademyHealth and The American Society of Health Economists.

Project Contributions

Evaluation of the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network

Evaluation of multi-racial/ethnic and multi-sectoral network addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on priority populations


DHHS Office of Minority Health

Evaluating Rhode Island’s Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration

Evaluation of programs implemented under Rhode Island’s Medicaid section 1115 demonstration


Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Documentation of Social Need in 2018 Medicaid Data

Analysis of Medicaid T-MSIS data to understand how well recipients’ social needs are documented


NORC at the University of Chicago