Laurie T. Martin

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Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health; M.P.H., Boston University

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Laurie Martin is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has research and program evaluation expertise in the areas of health disparities, health literacy, and mental health. She recently developed a prototype interactive mapping tool that helps stakeholders identify community-level "hot spots" of suboptimal health or health care that may be due to low health literacy so they may target interventions more efficiently and cost-effectively. Martin is also evaluating an intervention to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in hypertension and is examining the individual, combined, and interactive effects of literacy skills on coronary heart disease.

Since joining RAND in 2007, Martin has spent much of her time examining the mental health impact of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan on soldiers, spouses, and children, as well as the military and civilian support systems to help soldiers and their families address issues related to psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury. Martin received her Sc.D. from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • A Comprehensive Assessment of Health Literacy and CVD-Related Outcomes
  • Patient Incentives to Motivate Doctor Visits and Reduce Hypertension Disparities
  • Combining Patient and Geospatial Data to Target Low Health Literacy in Missouri

Selected Publications

Martin LT, Fremont A, Felton A, Ruder T, Bird C, Miyashiro L, Hanson M, Lurie N., "A Prototype Interactive Mapping Tool to Target Low Health Literacy in Missouri," RAND publication, 2010

Martin LT, Schonlau M, Haas A, Derose KP, Rudd R, Loucks E, Rosenfeld L, Buka S., "Literacy Skills and Calculated 10-Year Risk of Coronary Heart Disease.," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2010

Martin LT, Burns R, Schonlau M, "Mental disorders among gifted and nongifted youth: A selected review of the epidemiologic Literature.," Gifted Child Quarterly, 54(1):31-41, 2010

Martin LT, Ruder T, Escarce J, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Sherman D, Elliott M, Bird C, Fremont A, Gasper C, Culbert A, Lurie N., "Developing predictive models of health literacy," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 24(11):1211-1216, 2009


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    RAND Helps to Develop From Coverage to Care, a New CMS Initiative

    Health coverage is a means to an end: the aim is to help more Americans use their coverage to access routine primary care and preventive services. For many of the newly insured, however, the leap between obtaining insurance and establishing a regular source of care is substantial.

    Jul 29, 2014 | The RAND Blog

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    Quick Takes: Health Literacy and ACA Enrollment

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to millions of Americans. But the newly eligible may face challenges enrolling if they lack understanding of how the health care system itself works. Laurie Martin explains the role of health literacy in determining how successful the ACA will be in providing coverage for America's uninsured.

    Nov 7, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • Next Big Obstacle for Obama's Affordable Care Act? It's Not Just the Supreme Court

    The success of the Affordable Care Act to enroll those newly eligible in an appropriate insurance plan depends on clear communication to individuals who have limited health literacy, write Laurie T. Martin and Ruth M. Parker.

    Oct 3, 2011 | Christian Science Monitor

  • Insurance Expansion and Health Literacy

    The ongoing evolution of the health care system is leading US households toward greater responsibility for their own well-being. With this responsibility, however, comes an increasing need to be able to find, trust, use, and act on relevant information to make informed choices, write Laurie T. Martin and Ruth M. Parker.

    Aug 9, 2011 | The Journal of the American Medical Association