Laurie T. Martin

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Senior Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health; M.P.H., Boston University

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Laurie Martin is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation with over 20 years of experience in the field of epidemiology, public health and health policy. She is also a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her primary research interests include issues of health literacy and the consumer experience in health care and social services. Her work examines how these issues impact equity, health care services, health disparities, the patient experience, and the effectiveness of health policy and programming.

Throughout her career, Martin has also worked with government and nongovernmental partners to build evaluation capacity and consider cross-sector solutions for improving health and well-being across the lifespan at both the individual and community level. She has led numerous grants and contracts related to these issues and has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods. Martin received her M.P.H. in epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and her Sc.D. in maternal and child health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • Developing a Culture of Health
  • Healtheist Cities and Counties Evaluation
  • Developing an Evaluation Framework for National CLAS Standards
  • Mapping Health Literacy

Selected Publications

Martin LT, Plough A, Carman K, Leviton L, Bogden O, and Miller C, "Strengthening integration of health services and systems," Health Affairs, 35(11), 2016

Martin LT, Parker RM, "Insurance expansion and health literacy," Journal of the Amercian Medical Association, 306(8), 2011

Martin LT, Ruder T, Escarce J, Ghosh-Dastidar B, Sherman D, Elliott M, Bird C, Fremont A, Gasper C, Culbert A, Lurie N., "Developing predictive models of health literacy," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 24(11), 2009

Martin LT, Luoto J, From Coverage to Care: Strengthening and Facilitating Consumer Connections to the Health System, RAND Corporation (PE-158-CMS), 2015

Martin LT, Chen P "Child health and school readiness: the influence of health literacy," in Reynolds A, Rolnick A, Temple J, Health and Education in Early Childhood, Cambridge University Press, 2015

Martin L, Sontag-Padilla L, CannonJ, Auger A, Diamond F, Joyce C, Spurlock K and Chandra A, Off to a Good Start: Social and Emotional Development of Memphis' Children, RAND Corporation (TL-161), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Medal Award, RAND


  • Shoppers carry purchases at the King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, December 8, 2018, photo by Mark Makela/Reuters

    American Views on COVID-19 Health Risks, School and Economy Reopening

    Much of the discussion about opening schools and the economy has focused on the educational and economic effects that closures may have on the most vulnerable groups. But some of these groups still remain wary of the increased health risks of opening.

    May 4, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Wood block stacking with icon healthcare medical, Insurance for your health concept, photo by marchmeena29/Getty Images

    Don't Waste This Crisis: How America Can Begin Building a System of Health

    COVID-19 is shining a harsh spotlight on long-recognized but under-addressed gaps in the U.S. health system. There may never have been a more pressing time to think differently, broadening from health care services to a health-producing System of Health.

    May 4, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • A nurse taking a patient's blood pressure

    Why ACA Enrollees Need Support After They Sign Up

    Providing support for Affordable Care Act enrollees to connect with care they are happy with can help minimize the risk that they will stop seeking routine health care.

    Oct 11, 2017 The Hill

  • A reporter reads a summary of the performance and usage of the Massachusetts ACA health insurance exchange, Boston, November 17, 2014

    Open Enrollment, Take 2: What Matters for the ACA Marketplace?

    As the Affordable Care Act's second open-enrollment period draws to its February 15 close, relatively few of the millions of Americans eligible to switch plans have revisited their options. What actions can be taken to ensure that people know they have the right to a new choice each year?

    Feb 11, 2015 The Health Care Blog

  • A pregnant woman in an exam room with a gynecologist and nurse

    RAND Helps to Develop From Coverage to Care, a New CMS Initiative

    Health coverage is a means to an end: the aim is to help more Americans use their coverage to access routine primary care and preventive services. For many of the newly insured, however, the leap between obtaining insurance and establishing a regular source of care is substantial.

    Jul 29, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Doctor consulting with a patient

    Quick Takes: Health Literacy and ACA Enrollment

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to millions of Americans. But the newly eligible may face challenges enrolling if they lack understanding of how the health care system itself works. Laurie Martin explains the role of health literacy in determining how successful the ACA will be in providing coverage for America's uninsured.

    Nov 7, 2013 The RAND Blog

  • Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment binder and stethoscope, photo by YinYang/Getty Images

    Next Big Obstacle for Obama's Affordable Care Act? It's Not Just the Supreme Court

    The success of the Affordable Care Act to enroll those newly eligible in an appropriate insurance plan depends on clear communication to individuals who have limited health literacy, write Laurie T. Martin and Ruth M. Parker.

    Oct 3, 2011 Christian Science Monitor

  • Doctor talking with a senior patient with a walking stick, photo by RealPeopleGroup/Getty Images

    Insurance Expansion and Health Literacy

    The ongoing evolution of the health care system is leading US households toward greater responsibility for their own well-being. With this responsibility, however, comes an increasing need to be able to find, trust, use, and act on relevant information to make informed choices, write Laurie T. Martin and Ruth M. Parker.

    Aug 9, 2011 The Journal of the American Medical Association