Megan Cole Brahim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, Brown University
MPH, Yale University

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Megan Cole’s research focuses primarily on Medicaid and other low-income, safety-net populations. She is particularly interested in how state- and federal-level health policy affects insurance coverage, quality of care, and racial equity of care for these populations. She works with large observational data sets, applying methods in econometrics and causal inference.

Recent and ongoing work includes examining the impact of Medicaid expansion on coverage, quality, and access for community health center patients; assessing variations in quality and equity of care for community health center patients; examining the role of insurance coverage in access to and disparities in access to specialty care and prescription drugs for safety-net patients; evaluating how Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) affect quality of care and address social needs; understanding the role of under-insurance (e.g. high deductible health plans) in access to care for low-income, racial/ethnic minority, and other vulnerable populations; assessing quality of care in Medicaid-enrolled persons living with HIV; and evaluating the impact of integrating behavioral health into primary care for Medicaid-enrolled children at community health centers.

Dr. Cole completed her PhD in Health Services Research at Brown University’s School of Public Health and received an MPH in Health Policy from Yale University's School of Public Health. She also worked as a consultant at The Lewin Group for 6 years, where she worked with state and federal agencies on issues relating to Medicaid policy and health reform.

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  1. Cole MB, Nguyen KH. Unmet social needs among low-income adults in the United States: Associations with health care access and quality. Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct; 55 Suppl 2:873-882. PMID: 32880945; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13555;
  2. Cole MB. The Five-Year Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Community Health Centers: Coverage, Quality of Care, and Service Volume. Health Serv Res. 2020; 55(S1):38-39. View Publication
  3. Kim JH, Desai E, Cole MB. How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic. Health Affairs Blog. 2020. View Publication
  4. Cole MB, Ellison JE, Trivedi AN. Association Between High-Deductible Health Plans and Disparities in Access to Care Among Cancer Survivors. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jun 01; 3(6):e208965. PMID: 32579191; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.8965;
  5. Cole MB, Qin Q, Sheldrick RC, Morley DS, Bair-Merritt MH. The effects of integrating behavioral health into primary care for low-income children. Health Serv Res. 2019 12; 54(6):1203-1213.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31742687; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.13230;
  6. Meyers DJ, Cole MB, Rahman M, Lee Y, Rogers W, Gutman R, Wilson IB. The association of provider and practice factors with HIV antiretroviral therapy adherence. AIDS. 2019 11 01; 33(13):2081-2089. PMID: 31577572; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002316;
  7. Cole MB, Galárraga O, Wilson IB. The Impact of Rhode Island's Multipayer Patient-centered Medical Home Program on Utilization and Cost of Care. Med Care. 2019 10; 57(10):801-808. PMID: 31464841; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001194;
  8. Meyers DJ, Cole MB, Rahman M, Lee Y, Rogers W, Gutman R, Wilson IB. The association of provider and practice factors with HIV ART adherence. AIDS. 2019 Jul 22. PMID: 31335809; DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002316;
  9. Cole MB, Galárraga O, Rahman M, Wilson IB. Trends in Comorbid Conditions Among Medicaid Enrollees With HIV. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Apr; 6(4):ofz124. PMID: 30976608; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofz124;
  10. Cole MB, Trivedi AN, Wright B, Carey K. Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Community Health Center Patients: Evidence Following the Affordable Care Act. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 09; 33(9):1444-1446.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29845464
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