Joachim O. Hero

Joachim O. Hero
Policy Researcher


Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; M.P.H. in health policy, Yale University; B.A. in political science, University of Michigan


Joachim O. Hero is a policy researcher at RAND. He applies frameworks and methods in quantitative survey research, systematic literature review, and policy analysis to study topics in health care and public health. In health care his research has covered issues in health insurance, patient decision making, patient-centered outcomes, quality of care, implementation science, health disparities, and the role of politics in health care. His current projects include those for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute investigating the effectiveness of implementation strategies for evidence based practice and for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid investigating reforms to Medicare's Physician Fee Schedule. On topics in public health, he has led numerous systematic reviews of the evidence on topics ranging from the harms and prevention of family and interpersonal violence, sexual assault in the military, and adverse childhood experiences.

Before joining RAND, Hero was a Research Fellow at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute, where he studied health care decisionmaking on the individual insurance market. He worked as a senior policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, a state-focused policy research organization, where he advocated for policy in service of low-income children and their families. Hero received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and his M.P.H. in health policy from Yale University. He also has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, where he majored in political science.

Selected Publications

Hero JO, Sinaiko AD, Peltz A, Kingsdale J, Galbraith AA., "In New England, partisan Differences in ACA Marketplace Participation and Potential Financial Harm,", 2021

Hero JO, Sinaiko A, Kingsdale J, Gruver R, Galbraith AA (2018)., "Decision-Making Experiences Of Consumers Choosing Individual-Market Health Insurance Plans. ," Health Affairs, 2018

Hero JO, Zaslavsky, AM, Blendon RJ, "The United States Leads Other Nations In Differences By Income In Perceptions Of Health And Health Care. ," Health Affairs, 2017

Joachim O. Hero, Courtney A. Gidengil, Nabeel Qureshi, Terri Tanielian, Carrie M. Farmer, Access to Health Care Among TRICARE-Covered Children, , 2021

Julia Rollison, Joachim O. Hero, Katie Feistel, Armenda Bialas, Owen Hall, Rosemary Li, Sarah Weilant, Jody Larkin, Coreen Farris, and Kristie L. Gore , Psychological Harms and Treatment of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in Adults (forthcoming)