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

PhD, Brown University
MPH, Yale University
BS, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pronouns: she/her/hers
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Dr. Cole is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at Boston University School of Public Health and co-director of the BU Medicaid Policy Lab. She is a health services researcher who uses econometric methods to study how Medicaid policy and innovative 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). Other research examines access to and use of health insurance. Recent work in these areas has focused on mental health, maternal 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 (EHR) data; and national and statewide patient survey data.

Dr. Cole is the Principal Investigator (PI) of national and statewide research studies that are funded by the NIH. She leads an R01 that examines how Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) models impact quality and equity of care for pregnant and postpartum patients. She is also PI on research examining how Medicaid ACOs address unmet social needs (e.g., food insecurity, housing insecurity) of patients. She leads other work that evaluates how rapid adoption of telehealth during COVID-19 mitigated, or exacerbated, disparities in quality of care among Medicaid-enrollees served by FQHCs, particularly among patients with mental health needs, pregnant patients, and patients with diabetes.

Examples of other recent and ongoing work include examining the impact of Medicaid eligibility expansions on coverage, quality of care, access to care, and equity within low-income populations; evaluating the impact of integrating behavioral health into primary care at FQHCs; evaluating how a telehealth navigator intervention may impact racial disparities in hypertension outcomes for patients served by FQHCs; understanding the impact of COVID-19 on FQHCs and the role of FQHCs in enabling equitable access to care during the pandemic; and assessing the role of under-insurance (e.g., high deductible health plans) in access to care for low-income, racial/ethnic minoritized, and other marginalized populations.

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. She currently serves as co-editor-in-chief for the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management and serves on the editorial board of Health Services Research. 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 - 05/31/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health Care in Urban Pediatrics (TEAM UP for Children)
11/01/2019 - 05/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Richard/Susan Smith

Value and Equity of Telehealth for Low-Income Patients with Chronic Conditions at Federally Qualified Health Centers
01/01/2021 - 04/30/2023 (PI)
The Donaghue Foundation

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

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. From the Editors. J Ambul Care Manage. 2024 Jan-Mar 01; 47(1):1-2. PMID: 37994508; DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000487;
  2. Staloff J, Cole MB, Frogner B, Sabbatini AK. National and State-Level Trends in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services at Federally Qualified Health Centers, 2012-2019. J Community Health. 2023 Nov 21. PMID: 37985556; DOI: 10.1007/s10900-023-01293-7;
  3. Nguyen KH, Cole MB. Editorial: Meeting the Needs of Federally Qualified Health Center Patients Following the Public Health Emergency Unwinding. J Ambul Care Manage. 2024 Jan-Mar 01; 47(1):43-47.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37994513; DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000485;
  4. Gordon SH, Cole MB, Huberfeld N. Georgia Pathways-Partial Medicaid Expansion With Work Requirements and Premiums. JAMA. 2023 Oct 03; 330(13):1225-1226.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37713204; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2023.15811;
  5. From the Editors. J Ambul Care Manage. 2023 Oct-Dec 01; 46(4):263-264. PMID: 37651738; DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000480;
  6. Giron NC, Cole MB, Nguyen KH. Use of and barriers to adopting standardized social risk screening tools in federally qualified health centers during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Serv Res. 2023 Sep 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37715519; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14232;
  7. From the Editors. J Ambul Care Manage. 2023 Jul-Sep 01; 46(3):181-182. PMID: 37223886; DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000471;
  8. Lee EK, Donley G, Ciesielski TH, Freedman DA, Cole MB. Spatial availability of federally qualified health centers and disparities in health services utilization in medically underserved areas. Soc Sci Med. 2023 Jul; 328:116009.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37301106; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116009;
  9. Hanchate AD, Strackman BW, Lin M, Paasche-Orlow MK, Lasser KE, Cole MB. Medicaid expansion associated with no change in emergency department use across racial and ethnic groups. Health Serv Res. 2023 Oct; 58(5):1014-1023.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37202905; PMCID: PMC10480077; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.14171;
  10. Cole MB, Lee EK, Frogner BK, Wright B. Changes in Performance Measures and Service Volume at US Federally Qualified Health Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Apr 07; 4(4):e230351.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37027165; PMCID: PMC10082403; DOI: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.0351;
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