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Health Policy

Marissa Reitsma

I am a third year Ph.D. student in Health Policy. My research focuses on applied policy and intervention modeling to reduce disease burden and promote more equitable health outcomes, both domestically and globally. Recently I’ve been working on quantifying disparities in COVID-19 outcomes and identifying pro-equity interventions, developing and applying a new methodological framework to estimate and forecast smoking attributable burden across countries, and modeling the impact of proposed policies to control prescription drug price increases.    

Before Stanford, I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Brown University and then worked for five years at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. At IHME, I modeled the health impacts of several risk factors, including smoking, obesity, and alcohol use, as part of the Global Burden of Disease project.