Sydney Cortner

Policy Analyst


Master of Public Health in community health sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago; Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, University of Michigan- Dearborn


Sydney Cortner is a policy analyst at RAND. She has a decade of experience conducting qualitative, mixed-methods, multidisciplinary, and stakeholder engaged research across diverse public health, healthcare, and community settings. She has also held roles with the Health Resources and Services Administration Region V Public Health Training Center, as community health worker, and has supported accountable care organizations. She has diverse research interests across systems and sectors supporting communities from infancy to end of life, with a core tenant of equity, wellness, and safety.

Cortner received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Selected Publications

Abir, Mahshid, Stephen R. Dowker, Wilson Nham, Nasma Berri, Sydney Fouche, Christopher Nelson, Jane Forman, Michael D. Fetters, Peter Mendel, Timothy Guetterman, Bill Forbush, Robert Neumar, and Brahmajee Nallamothu, Strategies for Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest (EPOC), RAND Corporation (RR-A2035-1), 2022

Schmitzberger, Florian F., Kirstin W. Scott, Wilson Nham, Kusum Mathews, Lucy B. Schulson, Sydney Fouche, Nasma Berri, Alex Shehab, Ashwin Gupta, Rama A. Salhi, Neil Kamdar, Jennifer Bouey, and Mahshid Abir, Identifying Strategies to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the United States, RAND Corporation (RR-A1446-1), 2021