Kristie Porter

Research Public Health Analyst

Kristie Porter


  • MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, Sociology, North Carolina State University

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Kristie Porter, an expert in qualitative public health research, specializes in studies of long-term care in the United States. With experience in site visits, in-person and telephone interviews, and focus groups, she contributes to efforts to understand and improve the experience of older adults and their caregivers.

Ms. Porter recently served as the acting project director a project to create a sample frame of residential care communities for the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers, funded by the National Center for Health Statistics. The project will enable comparisons across different types of long-term care providers. Ms. Porter also currently serves as a site visit lead for the Evaluation of the Initiative to Reduce Hospitalizations Among Nursing Facility Residents: Phase 2. For this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) project, she annually leads site visits to nursing facilities in New York State. The information collected on these site visits is used to inform quantitative findings for the project. Ms. Porter also currently leads an environmental scan task assessing how integrated care systems are involving the caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Under, contract to Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) this scan will inform ASPE’s understanding of how these caregivers are incorporated into care planning and inform future site visits with integrated care systems.

Ms. Porter has also worked on studies that explore unlicensed care homes and wages and benefits for long-term care workers.

After beginning her career at RTI as an education analyst, Ms. Porter made a transition to public health research and rejoined RTI in 2013. Her background also includes time at the Duke University School of Nursing and MPR Associates. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America.