Danielle DeCosta is a Senior Associate at AcademyHealth supporting the Paradigm Project, a collaborative effort to apply the tools of human-centered design to increase the relevance, timeliness, and impact of health services research. In this role, her responsibilities include strategy and content support, project management, and research and analysis.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Danielle worked for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. She provided communications, policy advocacy, and other technical assistance to the foundation's grantmaking program to improve the system of care for children with special health care needs. Danielle has also previously worked on a program that aims to expand contraceptive access in metropolitan hubs in Asia and Africa through the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, consulted to produce the final impact report for a USAID crime reduction and community-building project in Jamaica, and completed an internship with the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Danielle received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2018 with a concentration in Health Systems and Policy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University.

Authored by Danielle DeCosta, M.P.H.

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Introspection, Innovation, and Impatience: Paradigm Project Members Speak with the Field at ARM 2021

In a session at the 2021 Annual Research Meeting, Paradigm Project volunteers described innovations to act on diversity, equity, and inclusion, address racial bias in data, and build partnerships with community-based organizations. Panelists shared their lessons learned for building a movement to disrupt the status quo in health services research (HSR) and challenged the field to leverage Paradigm Project practices to spur innovation in order to advance more timely, impactful research.
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Learning from COVID-19—Is HSR Up to the Task?

AcademyHealth staff and leaders reflect on insights about the current state of the health services research field, highlighting what it has to offer and how it can best help in the responses to a global health crisis.