Sara Elizabeth Heins

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Associate Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health; B.A. in biology, Cornell University


Sara E. Heins is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research is in health policy with a focus on substance abuse, injury, occupational health, and health information technology. Current projects include evaluating state-level opioid policies, examining methods accounting for heterogenous and concurrent opioid policy implementation, and identifying differences in injuries presenting in emergency rooms and urgent care centers. Other recent work includes incorporation of electronic medical record data to improve existing claims-based risk adjustment systems, evaluation of clinical practice guidelines among workers’ compensation patients, and development of prediction models to determine factors associated with missing data in clinical trials. Heins received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Health Services Research. 

Selected Publications

Heins SE, Sorbero MJ, Jones CM, Dick AW, Stein BD, "High-risk Prescribing to Medicaid-Enrollees Receiving Opioid Analgesics: Individual and County Level Factors," Substance Use and Misuse, 53(10), 2018