Joachim O. Hero

Joachim O. Hero
Associate Policy Researcher
Boston Office


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 an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. 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, provider payment, patient-centered outcomes, health disparities, and the role of politics in health care. He has studied these issues in both domestic and international contexts. His recent projects include evaluating the data and methods of the Medicare PFS, designing a framework for measuring health insurance literacy, and leading an evaluation of TRICARE coverage for children with special health care needs. He has also led research on the patient-provider relationship in the areas of physician trust and opioid disposal behavior. On topics in public health, he has led numerous systematic reviews of the evidence on the harms and prevention of family and interpersonal violence.

Before joining RAND, he was a Research Fellow at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute, where he studied health care decision-making 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)