Kristin R. Van Busum

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Project Associate; Behavioral & Policy Sciences Manager, RAND Health Advisory Services
Boston Office


M.P.A. in health policy analysis, New York University; B.A., Butler University


Kristin Van Busum is a project associate at the RAND Corporation and the manager of RAND Health Advisory Services. She has experience conducting qualitative research related to primary care delivery and payment models, workplace wellness interventions, insurance reporting requirements, and patient decisionmaking. Van Busum has experience managing large-scale health projects including the Workplace Wellness Programs Study, commissioned by the Department of Labor, to evaluate the outcomes of workplace wellness programs. Prior to joining RAND, Van Busum was a research associate at the New York University School of Medicine, where she worked on research evaluating consumer decisionmaking and patient use of quality data. Her independent thesis examined the association between welfare policies on prenatal care utilization and birth outcomes. Van Busum received an MPA from NYU, where she concentrated in health policy analysis.


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    Wellness Now, Value Later

    Wellness programs do in fact reduce health risks, like smoking and obesity, write Soeren Mattke and Kristin Van Busum. But resulting cost savings could not be detected, especially when compared to the costs of the programs.

    Jul 2, 2013 | Modern Healthcare

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    The Super Bowl Halftime Show Should Not Be Promoting a Public Health Threat

    People who consume just one or two sugar-sweetened drinks a day have a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely drink these beverages, write Kristin Van Busum and Lauren Hunter.

    Feb 1, 2013 | The Huffington Post

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    Soda 'Ban' May Actually Increase Freedom of Choice

    Rather than obstructing freedom of choice, New York City's ban on big soda containers ban actually enhances it, write Lauren Hunter and Kristin Van Busum.

    Sep 24, 2012 | The Huffington Post