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Melissa Romaire

Melissa A. Romaire

Director, Public Health


PhD, Health Services Research, School of Public Health, University of Washington
MPH, Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of Alabama
BS, International Trade & Finance, Louisiana State University

Melissa A. Romaire directs RTI's Health Coverage for Low-Income and Uninsured Populations program and has over 15 years of experience evaluating innovations in behavioral health integration into primary care, rural health care, delivery system redesign, access to care, and preventive service and behavioral health service use for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. 

Dr. Romaire has led or currently leads research projects investigating Medicare payment models for critical access hospitals in frontier regions, innovations in behavioral health service use for Medicaid enrollees with serious mental illness, integration of primary and behavioral health care, primary care practice transformation to the medical home, use of Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Services, and programs to prevent chronic disease for Medicaid enrollees. She has extensive experience using quantitative methods to analyze health plan encounter data, Medicare and Medicaid claims data, and national survey data to examine health care use, costs, and quality. Results of her work have been published in Psychiatric ServicesMillbank QuarterlyMedical CareJournal of General Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Before joining RTI, Dr. Romaire worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where she assisted states in the administration of their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid reproductive health program.

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