Mollie is a senior research scientist with more than 15 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research for federal and state government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.
Mollie works with CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH) to manage all the health equity technical assistance work for CMS OMH. This includes developing tools and resources for organizations—including Quality Innovation Networks and Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and Hospital Quality Improvement Contractors (HQICs)—to reduce disparities and embed health equity. She also leads work on identifying and reducing disparities in specific populations, such as sexual and gender minorities. In addition, Mollie directs the Minnesota 1115 substance use disorder (SUD) waiver evaluation work and directs a large multi-state qualitative research project annually for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). For the MedPAC study, she manages a team that plans and conducts beneficiary and provider focus groups and site visits in six different locations across the United States. Mollie also led the qualitative assessment work for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Nursing Home Coordinating Center project. She managed the qualitative data collection with over 250 respondents, including group interviews and individual in-dept interviews with academic medical centers and nursing homes related to their experience in the program.
Prior to her work at NORC, Mollie worked as a Senior Analyst in the Health care group at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). At GAO, she led large multi-department studies examining topics such as Medicaid beneficiary access to care, programs for individuals with serious mental illness, and oral health access in Medicaid and CHIP.
The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Visit NORC at the CMS Health Equity Conference
Event | June 2, 2023
opens in new tab"Prevalence of Self-Reported Kidney Disease in Older Adults by Sexual Orientation: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Analysis (2014–2019)."
Journal Article | April 1, 2023
Older LGBT+ Adults Have Higher Rates of Kidney Disease than Heterosexual Peers
Press Release | February 13, 2023
Millions of Americans Continue to Donate to Crowdfunding Sites to Help Others Pay Medical Bills Despite Economic Hardships of the Pandemic
Press Release | April 1, 2021
39 Million Americans Donated Money to Help Others Pay COVID-Related Expenses in First Month of Pandemic
Press Release | May 20, 2020
opens in new tab"Lessons in Primary Care Transformation: The Role of Organizational and External Features in Adopting Health Care Innovation across Five CMS Initiatives."
Report | April 30, 2018
opens in new tab"Lessons in Primary Care Transformation: Implementation and Adoption of Health Care Innovation across Five CMS Initiatives."
Report | April 30, 2018
opens in new tab"Mental Health: HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness."
Report | February 9, 2015