Robin M. Weinick

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Associate Director, RAND Health; Senior Social Scientist
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Ph.D. in population dynamics, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in health and society, University of Rochester

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Robin M. Weinick is an associate director of RAND Health, one of the largest private health research groups in the world and one of RAND Corporation's largest operating divisions. Her specific areas of responsibility include RAND Health's contract business line, managing policy and processes related to bid decisions, procurement, and administration of government and nonprofit contracts, with an emphasis on contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also plays a key role in research staff recruitment and development. As RAND Health's senior leader on the East Coast, she frequently represents the unit in discussions with key contacts in government agencies, nonprofits, and nongovernmental entities based in the National Capital Region.

Weinick is also a senior social scientist at RAND. Her research focuses on improving the quality of medical care in the United States, developing and evaluating practical tools for use in the health care system, and the development and use of measures for monitoring the status of health care. She is particularly concerned with rigorous measurement of patient experiences and other aspects of health care quality.

Weinick has extensive experience managing large, complex projects with diverse partnerships. She brings more than 20 years of research leadership on projects individually valued at more than $12 million and is a recognized expert in program evaluation, particularly those related to quality and disparities in health care. Weinick received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Previous Positions

Senior Scientist, Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Weinick also has a 10-year history of federal service in various positions at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Recent Projects

  • Measuring patient experiences with care
  • Evaluating public health and mental health programs
  • Quality measurement and improvement
  • Reducing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care
  • Emergency departments, urgent care centers, and retail clinics

Selected Publications

Weinick, Robin M., Amelia M. Haviland, Katrin Hambarsoomian, and Marc N. Elliott., "Does the Racial/Ethnic Composition of Medicare Advantage Plans Reflect their Areas of Operation?" Health Services Research, 49(2):526-545, 2014

Weinick, Robin M., Kirsten Becker, Layla Parast, Brian D. Stucky, Marc N. Elliott, Megan Mathews, Chris Chan, and Virginia I. Kotzias, Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care Survey: Development and Field Test, RAND (RR-761), 2014

Weinick, Robin M., Denise D. Quigley, Lauren A. Mayer, and Clarissa D. Sellers, "Use of CAHPS Patient Experience Surveys to Assess the Impact of Health Care Innovations," The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety, 40(9):418-427, 2014

Kellermann, Arthur L. and Robin M. Weinick, "Emergency Departments, Medicaid Costs, and Access to Primary Care - Understanding the Link," New England Journal of Medicine, 366:2141-2143, 2012

Weinick, Robin M., Ellen Burke Beckjord, Carrie M. Farmer, Laurie T. Martin, Emily M. Gillen, Joie D. Acosta, Michael P. Fisher, Jeffrey Garnett, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Todd C. Helmus, Lisa H. Jaycox, Kerry A. Reynolds, Nicolas Salcedo, and Deborah M. Sch, Programs Addressing Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Among U.S. Military Servicemembers and Their Families, RAND (TR-950-OSD), 2011

Weinick, Robin M., Marc N. Elliott, Angelo E. Volandes, Lenny Lopez, Q Burkhart, and Mark Schlesinger, "Using Standardized Encounters to Understand Reported Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Patient Experiences with Care," Health Services Research, 46(2):491-509, 2011

Weinick, Robin M., Rachel M. Burns, and Ateev Mehrotra, "Many Emergency Department Visits Could be Managed at Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics," Health Affairs, 29(9):1630-1636, 2010

Weinick, Robin M., Steffanie J. Bristol, and Catherine M. DesRoches, "Urgent Care Centers in the U.S.: Findings from a National Survey," BMC Health Services Research, 9:79, 2009