As the end of Women’s History Month draws near, Econometrica wants to take this opportunity to spotlight one of our exceptional leaders, Dr. Kristie McNealy, who leads the Health Group at Econometrica, managing people, projects, and business development.
Dr. McNealy has been with Econometrica since 2013, using her skills and knowledge as a medical doctor (MD), Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) to lead multiple projects measuring and improving the quality of care for patients.
While she has extensive technical knowledge in clinical quality measurement, alternative payment models, qualitative research, and more, she is also a skilled leader of people and projects. She gets the best work from her team because she is able to take strong, decisive action while also making everyone on the team feel heard and appreciated.
We asked Dr. McNealy a few questions to get to know her better.
Why do you like working at Econometrica?
I love the culture of learning at Econometrica, especially within the Health Group. One of my favorite parts of the week is our weekly learning sessions where everyone has the opportunity to share new things they are learning or topics expertise they bring from previous roles.
What is your favorite project that you have worked on at Econometrica and why?
My favorite project is the measure development work we did for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Stakeholder engagement and collaboration was a key piece of this work, and we had the opportunity to visit over 30 PACE Organizations across the country where we talked to participants and their family members to learn about why they chose to enroll in the program. We also got to work with an amazing group of experts, including family members, who participated in our technical expert panel and helped us select measures that would be both feasible for providers and meaningful to people trying to select the best option for their medical care.
How does your previous experience influence your work at Econometrica?
I think my experiences in medical school and time spent on the board of a rural health system give me interesting perspective on how different stakeholders in the healthcare industry work and communicate. It helps me understand technical assistance requests and the impacts of recommendations we make through our work on Medicare programs in a different way.
What do you do outside of work?
I have four kids who we have homeschooled since before COVID, so they are the focus of most of my time outside work. We love to ski, and it has been so fun to watch my kids go from the bunny hill to double black diamonds while we have lived in Utah. I can barely keep up with them anymore!