Research Specialist




MHA, Health Administration, West Virginia University
BS, Public Health, West Virginia University

Rachel serves as a Research Specialist with Health Affairs Institute. Her current projects include the Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) project, which supports WVU Hospitals in identifying health needs through surveys and focus groups, as well as implementing public health programming to improve the health of communities. She also provides research support through the development of deliverables by synthesizing data, performing literature reviews and environmental scans, and report writing for the Direct Care Worker Strategic Plan (DCW) project. DCW is a home and community-based services project whose goal is to recommend strategies to improve the Direct Care Workforce in West Virginia.  

Rachel has expertise in Survey Research, Project Management, Program Development and Implementation, as well as Training and Technical Assistance. Her focus is in population health and public health surveillance, and workforce development. Rachel’s work as a public health professional has generated an interest in qualitative research methods, which allows her to better understand firsthand the experiences of the individuals and communities that Health Affairs serves. Rachel aims to improve health outcomes and create robust communities for all West Virginians, as well as the surrounding Appalachian region.