Peter Mendel

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Senior Sociologist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in sociology, Stanford University

Overview

Peter Mendel is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. He specializes in organizational dynamics, reform, and global and comparative institutions, particularly related to healthcare systems.

Mendel has led or co-led evaluations ranging from federal programs such as the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections and national partnerships to promote patient safety, to local community-based networks to improve the delivery and coordination of health and related services. Other specific areas of research include stakeholder engagement and participatory research methods, inter-organizational networks for health care delivery and policy, and innovations in healthcare delivery such as collaborative care models and patient-centered medical homes.

He has also co-authored books on the sustainability of quality improvement in leading medical centers in the U.S. and Europe and on broad-scale institutional changes in health care and their effects on medical delivery organizations in the San Francisco Bay area over a half century. Mendel received his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University.

Recent Projects

  • Health Services and Primary Care Research Study (PI)
  • Co-Design of Services for Health and Reentry (CO-SHARE): First Pilot of Experience-Based Co-Design in the U.S. (Co-PI)
  • MACRA Quality Payment Program: Small and Rural Physician Practices (Co-PI)
  • Evaluation of the HHS Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) National Action Plan, Phase II (RAND PI)
  • Evaluation of the Federally Qualified Health Center Advance Primary Care Practice Demonstration (Qualitative Task Lead)

Selected Publications

Mendel P, Buttorff C, Chen PG, Sieck K, Orr P, Qureshi NS, Hussey PS, Perspectives of Physicians in Small Rural Practices on the Medicare Quality Payment Program, RAND Corporation (RR-2882-ASPE), 2019

Mendel P, Chen EK, Green HD, Armstrong C, Timbie JW, Kress AM, Friedberg MW, Kahn KL, "Pathways to Medical Home Recognition: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of the PCMH Transformation Process," Health Services Research, 53(4, Part I), 2018

Peter Mendel, Sari Siegel, Kristin Leuschner, Elizabeth M. Gall, Daniel Weinberg, and Katherine Kahn, "The National Response for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): Infrastructure Development," Medical Care, 52(2 Suppl 1), 2014

Peter Mendel and W. Richard Scott "Institutional Change and the Organization of Healthcare: The Dynamics of ‘Muddling Through’," in Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans (eds), Handbook of Medical Sociology, Sixth Edition, Vanderbilt University Press, 2010

Peter Mendel, Cheryl Damberg, Melony E. Sorbero, Danielle M. Varda, and Donna O. Farley, "The Growth of Partnerships to Support Safe Practice Adoption," Health Services Research, 44(2 Part II), 2009

Paul Bate, Peter Mendel, and Glenn Robert, Organizing for Quality: The Improvement Journeys of Leading Hospitals in Europe and the United States, Radcliffe Publishing, 2008

Peter Mendel, Lisa S. Meredith, Michael Schoenbaum, Cathy D. Sherbourne, and Kenneth B. Wells, "Interventions in Organizational and Community Context: A Framework for Building Evidence on Dissemination and Implementation in Health Services Research," Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (APMH & MHSR), 35(1-2), 2008

W. Richard Scott, Martin Ruef, Peter Mendel, and Carol A. Caronna, Institutional Change and Healthcare Organizations: From Professional Dominance to Managed Care, University of Chicago Press, 2000

Honors & Awards

  • CPIC study team awards: ACT Team Science Award; Tom Bruce Award-Community Based Public Health Caucus; Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Award, UCLA Landmark Award, 2014-2015
  • Eliot Freidson Award, Most Outstanding Book Contribution to Medical Sociology, American Sociological Association 2002
  • Max Weber Award, Best Scholarly Book Publication in Organizational Sociology, American Sociological Association 2001

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