Nazia Wolters

Nazia Wolters
Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in health policy, Columbia University; B.S. in neuroscience, Boston University


Nazia Wolters is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She manages domestic and international projects and leads data collection and qualitative tasks in areas of health care (e.g., patient experiences of care, expansion of women’s reproductive rights, HIV testing in Latino and African American MSMs in Los Angeles; COVID-19 and vaccination trends in the Middle East); education (e.g., quality assurance in early childhood development services in UAE); community-based research (e.g., increasing representation of African American/Black health care practitioners; decreasing obesity in Latino communities thru local church communities); and disaster and emergency preparedness (e.g., behavioral health surveillance in disasters). Wolters grew up in the Middle East and her research interest includes addressing health disparities in the Arab world.

Prior to RAND, she was a program coordinator for an NIH-funded HIV intervention program at UCLA and worked with African American and Latino population in the Los Angeles County region.

After obtaining her graduate degree from Columbia University, Wolters interned as a policy analyst at UNICEF headquarters in New York, performing qualitative analysis and developing policy briefs distributed in UNICEF offices around the globe. As a graduate student, she served as a health activist by establishing a nutrition and exercise club for underserved students and their families at an elementary school in Bronx.


  • Jordan

    Jordan: Challenges and Successes in COVID-19 Pandemic Response

    Lockdown restrictions that may have contributed to low COVID-19 case numbers in Jordan early in the pandemic resulted in economic stresses and increased psychological distress in the general population. RAND researchers identified challenges faced by Jordanians during the crisis and the country's innovative and equitable response to mitigate them.

    Jun 20, 2022

    The RAND Blog

  • Qatar

    Qatar: Challenges and Successes in COVID-19 Pandemic Response

    Qatar adopted a spectrum of policies and health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and encouraged its innovation ecosystem to play a role in fighting the pandemic. The health sector has gained experience during the pandemic that might inform response to future spikes in demand for health system resources.

    Jun 9, 2022

    The RAND Blog

  • Iran

    Iran: Challenges and Successes in COVID-19 Pandemic Response

    Iran has faced an uphill battle since the first cases of COVID-19 were found in the country. Despite limited resources, Iran has also had its share of successes and innovations in combating the virus.

    Apr 20, 2022

    The RAND Blog