Research public health analyst
- PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology (Health Systems Institute)
- MS, Georgia Institute of Technology
- BS, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mahima Ashok studies the implementation and evaluation of public health and health systems interventions, especially as they relate to cancer and other chronic diseases. She has over a decade of experience in mixed methods research, program evaluation and implementation science. With an academic background in health systems and systems engineering, she brings a unique systems perspective to mixed methods research for various projects with federal and state health agencies and other clients.
Dr. Ashok is currently leading the evaluation of American Cancer Society’s HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) VACs (Vaccinate Adolescents against Cancers) program, an innovative project focused on systems level changes to prioritize HPV vaccination. Previously she led evaluation planning for Multiple Sclerosis Partners Advancing Technology and Healthcare Solutions, or MS-PATHS, a learning health system demonstration to enhance MS care and outcomes. She has also helped develop a framework for research on complex system interventions, including patient centered medical homes and process redesigns. This framework was used for the evaluation of projects under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMI) Healthcare Innovation Awards. Some of her other recent work includes leading evaluation planning for Office of the Secretary Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, and conducting qualitative research for the CMMI’s Oncology Care Model (OCM).
Dr. Ashok joined RTI in 2010. Previously, she was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she examined cervical cancer screening patterns in the United States.