Lucia Rojas Smith is an expert in public health who evaluates projects and conducts research related to maternal and child health, population health, health care access, and the cost of care. Working with federal and private clients, she supports research that will set the foundation for health care reform that benefits patients throughout the United States.
Currently, Dr. Rojas Smith is directing an evaluation of 24 awardees from the Health Care Innovation Awards. The project, funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, seeks to identify innovative models for health care payment and service delivery. Her previous projects have involved response to pandemics and public health threats, chronic conditions such as asthma and sickle cell disease, among other topics.
Dr. Rojas Smith also has experience in public health administration at the state level. Before joining RTI in 2000, she served as deputy director of the Oklahoma Area Health Education Center, helping improve primary care in rural areas by recruiting and retaining providers and enhancing training and education.