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

PhD, Brown University
MPH, Yale University

Pronouns: she/her/hers
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Dr. Cole is a Peter Paul Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management and co-director of the BU Medicaid Policy Lab. Her work uses health services research and econometric methods to study how Medicaid policy and care delivery models affect quality of care, access to care, and racial equity of care for Medicaid and other low-income, safety-net populations, especially those served by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Recent work in this area has included maternal health, mental health, and chronic disease populations. Most of this work leverages large datasets, including national Medicaid claims data; All Payer Claims Data (APCD); Electronic Health Record data; and national and statewide patient survey data.

Examples of recent and ongoing work include: Examining the impact of Medicaid expansion on coverage, quality of care, access to care, and equity within low-income populations, especially those served by FQHCs; Understanding organizational and policy drivers of quality, access, and equity within FQHCs and other safety-net providers; Evaluating how Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) affect quality of care and address social needs, particularly among pregnant people and patients with mental health 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 marginalized populations; Evaluating the impact of integrating behavioral health into primary care at FQHCs; and Evaluating how rapid adoption of telehealth during COVID-19 may mitigate, or exacerbate, disparities in quality of care among Medicaid-enrollees served by FQHCs.

Dr. Cole completed her PhD in Health Services Research at Brown University School of Public Health and received an MPH in Health Policy from Yale University School of Public Health. She previously worked in research consulting, where she worked with state and federal agencies on Medicaid policy and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Her work has been covered by outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Vox, US News & World Report, The Hill, and Forbes.

Improving Quality of Care for Low-Income Pregnant People through Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations: A Natural Experiment
08/28/2022 - 04/30/2027 (PI)
NIH/National Inst on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Initiative for Excellence in Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Black Communities
08/01/2021 - 07/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Community Care Cooperative Gordon & Betty Moore

Implications of the US 340B Drug Pricing Program for the Availability, Quality of Care, and Equitability of Syndemic (HIV/SUD/MH) health Services (340B AQCESS)
09/01/2022 - 05/31/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Examining a newly developed equity-focused telehealth delivery model providing primary care for Medicaid enrollees with chronic conditions
12/15/2020 - 01/31/2023 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Value and Equity of Telehealth for Low-Income Patients with Chronic Conditions at Federally Qualified Health Centers
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
The Donaghue Foundation

National estimates of the impact of the affordable care act on healthcare utilization, outcomes & quality among hispanics
12/01/2019 - 11/30/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Wake Forest University NIH NIMHD

Rhode Island Health Care Cost Analysis and Cost Growth Target-Setting
09/01/2019 - 04/15/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Brown University Peter G Peterson Fdn

Rhode Island Health Care Cost Analysis and Cost Growth Target-Setting
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Brown University Peter G Peterson Fdn


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  1. Cole MB, Lee EK, Davoust M; Carey K, Kim JH. Comparison of Visit Rates Before vs After Telehealth Expansion Among Patients With Mental Health Diagnoses Treated at Federally Qualified Health Centers. JAMA Netw Open. 2022; 5(11):e2242059. View Publication
  2. Shankar KN, Dugas JN, Flacks J, Cole MB, Morton S, James T, Mitchell P. High touch, high trust: Using community health advocates and lawyers to address ED high utilizers. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2022; 60:171-176. View Publication
  3. Auty SG, Cole MB, Wallace J. Association Between Medicaid Managed Care Coverage of Substance Use Services and Treatment Utilization. JAMA Health Forum. 2022; 8(3):e2228. View Publication
  4. Shankar KN, Dugas JN, Flacks J, Brahim MC, Morton S, James T, Mitchell P. High touch, high trust: Using community health advocates and lawyers to address ED high utilizers. Am J Emerg Med. 2022 Oct; 60:171-176. PMID: 36037733; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2022.07.049;
  5. Skinner A, Flannery K, Nocka K, Bor J, Dean LT, Jay J, Lipson SK, Cole MB, Benfer EA, Scheckman R, Raderman W, Jones DK, Raifman J. A database of US state policies to mitigate COVID-19 and its economic consequences. BMC Public Health. 2022 Jun 04; 22(1):1124.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35659285; PMCID: PMC9166228; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-13487-0;
  6. Ellison J, Cole MB, Thompson TA. Association of Telehealth Reimbursement Parity With Contraceptive Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Apr 01; 5(4):e226732. PMID: 35404462; PMCID: PMC9002337; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.6732;
  7. Lin MY, Kim J, Sheldrick RC, Bair-Merritt MH, Durham MP, Feinberg E, Cole MB. Five-Year Trends in Pediatric Mental Health Emergency Department Visits in Massachusetts: A Population-Based Cohort Study. J Pediatr. 2022 Jul; 246:199-206.e17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35301021; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2022.03.011;
  8. Sheldrick RC, Carter AS, Eisenhower A, Mackie TI, Cole MB, Hoch N, Brunt S, Pedraza FM. Effectiveness of Screening in Early Intervention Settings to Improve Diagnosis of Autism and Reduce Health Disparities. JAMA Pediatr. 2022 Mar 01; 176(3):262-269.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34982099; PMCID: PMC8728657; DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.5380;
  9. Cole MB, Nguyen KH, Byhoff E, Murray GF. Screening for Social Risk at Federally Qualified Health Centers: A National Study. Am J Prev Med. 2022 May; 62(5):670-678.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35459451; PMCID: PMC9035213; DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2021.11.008;
  10. Cole MB, Nguyen KH, Byhoff E, Murray G. Screening for Social Risk Factors at Federally Qualified Health Centers: A National Study. Am J Prev Med. 2022. View Publication
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