As Research Associate, Maria supported projects to improve the impact of health services research for decision-makers and the public. Her responsibilities included analytic and programmatic support; project management; and report writing for health research and policy programs.

Prior to joining AcademyHealth, Maria worked at Fundación IDEA / C230 Consultores, a think tank / consulting firm in Mexico City devoted to economic and social public policy. There, she worked with the federal government and international organizations, such as USAID and the British Embassy, in projects on innovation, small business development, gender-based violence, community policing, and social prevention of violence.

She received her Master of Public Administration in Development Practice from the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Authored by María González Millán, M.P.A.


Human-centered Design Process Reveals 17 Innovative Ideas to Transform Health Services Research

How is the Paradigm Project using design thinking to help the field of health services research expand and assure its relevance? At the 2020 Annual Research Meeting, AcademyHealth staff presented posters detailing progress to date by each of the ‘Design Teams’ tackling projects from increasing the timeliness of research to better meet the needs of end users to leveraging the availability of big data. These posters give a moment in time glance at what we’ve learned, and where we’re going next.

Paradigm Project

The Paradigm Project is a concerted, collaborative effort to increase the relevance, timeliness, quality, and impact of health services research (HSR).