The Methods and Data Council is currently Chaired by Dr. Peter Veazie from the University of Rochester and Vice Chaired by Dr. Rashida Dorsey from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Methods and Data Council is comprised of 25 members representing the multiple disciplinary perspectives in health services and policy research. The Methods and Data Council meets twice per year, in the summer at the Annual Research Meeting, and in the fall  via a web-based meeting.

The Methods and Data Council has seven primary responsibilities:

  1. Assist AcademyHealth in identifying trends, opportunities, challenges and needs related to existing and emerging methods used in HSR as well as in data collection, quality, security, storage, curation, availability and accessibility for research.
  2. Assist AcademyHealth in developing strategies, programs and services, thought leadership, guidance and community and professional development in methods and data in HSR;
  3. Provide guidance to planning committees on emerging and relevant methods and data offerings at the ARM and other relevant AcademyHealth sponsored conferences (e.g. the Health Datapalooza);
  4. Provide input to the AcademyHealth Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy to inform the development of AcademyHealth’s official public comments;
  5. Provide guidance and relevant content for materials developed to educate and train HSR professionals in the most current data and methods;
  6. Promote dissemination and shared learning, including via eGEMs; and
  7. Provide guidance on AcademyHealth projects and activities on an ad hoc basis


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Peter Veazie, Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Health Policy and Outcomes Research, Department of Public Health Sciences - University of Rochester

Dr. Veazie is Chief of the Division of Health Policy and Outcomes Research, and Director of the Health Service... Read Bio

Vice Chair

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Committee Member

Rashida Dorsey, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Branch Chief - Statistical Products Branch of the Federal Housing Finance Agency

Dr. Dorsey is the Branch Chief for the Statistical Products Branch of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Read Bio

Meet the 2020 New Members

Anupa Bir
Committee Member

Anupa Bir, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Director - RTI International

Dr. Anupa Bir is a health economist at RTI International, where she leads a division of 200+ researchers. Read Bio

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Naoru Koizumi, Ph.D.

Director of Research - George Mason University

Dr. Naoru Koizumi is Professor and Director of Research at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George... Read Bio

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Rita Mangione-Smith, M.D., M.P.H..

Vice President, Research and Health Care Innovation - Kaiser Permanente Washington

Dr. Mangione-Smith, is Professor and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine, University o... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Erika Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor - University at Albany

As an applied health policy and public health systems researcher, Dr. Erika Martin uses mixed methods to evalu... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Huiwen Xu, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor - University of Rochester Medical Center

Huiwen Xu, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Cancer Control at University ... Read Bio

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