Laurie T. Martin

Laurie Martin, Martin, Laurie m0759
Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Off Site Office


Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health; M.P.H., Boston University

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations at (310) 451-6913, or email

More Experts


Laurie Martin is a senior policy researcher with the RAND Corporation with over 16 years of experience in the field of epidemiology and public health. She is particularly interested in issues of health literacy and the consumer experience in health care. Her work examines how these issues impact health care services, health disparities, the patient experience, and the effectiveness of health policy and programming. She has led numerous grants and contracts related to these issues and has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods. Martin received her master's degree from Boston University School of Public Health and her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • From Coverage to Care
  • Developing a Culture of Health
  • Mapping Health Literacy
  • Developing Evaluation Framework for National CLAS Standards

Selected Publications

Martin LT, Luoto J, From Coverage to Care: Supporting Consumers as they navigate and connect to the health system, RAND Corporation (PE-158-CMS), 2015

Martin LT, Chen P "Child health and school readiness: the influence of health literacy," in Reynolds A, Rolnick A, Temple J, Health and Education in Early Childhood, Cambridge University Press, 2015

Martin LT, Bharmal N, Blanchard J, Harvey M, Williams M, Barriers to Enrollment in Health Coverage in Colorado, RAND Corporation (RR-782-COHF), 2014

Martin LT, Parker RM, "Insurance expansion and health literacy," Journal of the Amercian Medical Association, 306(8):874-5, 2011

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

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Medal Award, RAND


  • A reporter reads a summary of the performance and usage of the Massachusetts ACA health insurance exchange, Boston, November 17, 2014

    Open Enrollment, Take 2: What Matters for the ACA Marketplace?

    As the Affordable Care Act's second open-enrollment period draws to its February 15 close, relatively few of the millions of Americans eligible to switch plans have revisited their options. What actions can be taken to ensure that people know they have the right to a new choice each year?

    Feb 11, 2015 The Health Care Blog

  • A pregnant woman in an exam room with a gynecologist and nurse

    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

  • Doctor consulting with a patient

    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