Melissa A. Romaire

Senior research public health analyst

Melissa Romaire


  • 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

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Melissa Romaire is a senior research public health analyst and program manager in RTI International’s Health Coverage for Low-Income and Uninsured Populations program. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative research methods, Dr. Romaire’s research focuses on evaluating innovations in primary care, delivery system redesign, access to care, and preventive service use, with a particular focus on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients.

Currently, Dr. Romaire is evaluating states’ plans for achieving higher quality care, lower costs, and improved health in Rounds 1 and 2 of the State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She is also leading the Medicaid claims data analysis of a CMS-funded evaluation of the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Demonstration.

She has extensive experience using quantitative methods to analyze national survey data and federal and state Medicaid claims data.

Previously, Dr. Romaire held various research positions at the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente – Washington (formerly Group Health Cooperative). She also worked for CMS for 4 years, assisting states in the administration of their CHIP and Medicaid reproductive health programs.