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Sara Hairgrove

Public Health Analyst


BA, Sociology and Child Abuse & Neglect, Ohio State University


Sara Hairgrove is a public health analyst who focuses on improving programs that serve individuals and families impacted by substance use and violence. Ms. Hairgrove is a qualitative researcher with experience leading evaluation activities including interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

At RTI, she works on two National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) initiative projects—the Prevention Coordinating Center and the Harm Reduction Research Network Coordinating Center—for which she helps facilitate dissemination activities and products, including manuscripts, presentations, and research companion pieces, across research projects. As part of her work for the NIH HEAL Prevention Coordinating Center, Ms. Hairgrove served as host of the Women Leading Prevention Science podcast series. She also leads program evaluation activities intended to strengthen services provided to people who use drugs and individuals with substance use disorders, as well as families experiencing adverse circumstances.

Ms. Hairgrove has experience working with federal, state, and local partners to improve services and frequently uses qualitative methods to elevate the voices of patients and service recipients.

She is currently completing a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on health equity at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

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