Malcolm V. Williams

Policy Researcher; Associate Research Department Director, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; M.P.P., Georgetown University

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Malcolm V. Williams is a policy researcher and associate director for the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation. His background is in health services research. His research interests include racial and ethnic disparities in quality and access to care, trust in health care providers, and vulnerability to public health disasters. His work often incorporates community-based research efforts, including those conducted with faith-based organizations.

Williams' current research includes a number of community-based studies on a range of topics including building community resilience to disaster, urban religious congregations' capacity for HIV prevention and care, and assessing the health care experiences of ex-prisoners. He is a co-developer of "Mapping Populations Vulnerable to Public Health Disasters" a GIS-based mapping tool that organizations interested in public health emergency preparedness can use to identify locations of high concentrations of vulnerable populations in their communities. Williams received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University, and his M.P.P. from Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.


  • Ensuring the ACA Helps Reduce Disparities Not Exacerbate Them

    Evidence from past efforts in the U.S. and abroad suggests that the full potential of health reform will not be realized without specific efforts to reduce disparities, write Robin M. Weinick, Malcom V. Williams, and Romana Hasnain-Wynia.

    Oct 14, 2011 Advancing Health Equity