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Econometrica Celebrates Women’s History Month

Econometrica Celebrates Women’s History Month

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!

Econometrica Announces New Health Director

Econometrica Announces New Health Director

BETHESDA, MD – Econometrica is pleased to announce the promotion of Kristie McNealy to Health Director. Dr. McNealy joined Econometrica in 2013 and has exceled as a qualitative research and evaluation expert, project manager, and business development lead. She has 20 years of experience in research, clinical medicine, quality measure development, program evaluation and monitoring, and project management in a variety of healthcare fields.

As a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Dr. McNealy has worked on multiple programs related to improving and measuring the quality of care, including directing the development and testing of quality measures for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and has worked on contracts related to several Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) models, including Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced, BPCI Model I, the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), Million Hearts, and Partnership for Patients (PfP), in roles including program evaluation, monitoring, and quality measurement strategy. She also has expertise in a variety of qualitative research techniques, including conducting structured telephone interviews and site visits and coding and content analysis.

Dr. McNealy takes over for Monique Sheppard, who has guided the Health Group for the last 10 years. Dr. Sheppard is moving into a company-wide business development role, where she will oversee several cross-group development projects, including promoting our joint venture, TAG Research LLC, and meeting with our clients and partners to market our ever-growing technical capabilities.

Dr. Sheppard is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with more than 28 years of experience in quantitative evaluation, data collection and analysis, national survey and evaluation projects, measure development, policy analysis, learning solutions, technical assistance and training, and rapid-cycle evaluation. She provides subject matter expertise and leadership guidance on projects for a variety of Federal and non-Federal clients. Her research has appeared in numerous publications, including the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, American Journal of Health Education, and the Journal of Safety Research.

About Econometrica

Founded in 1998, Econometrica is a research and management organization in Bethesda, MD, established to provide public- and private-sector clients with customized program support services. Econometrica works with multiple agencies to provide high-quality, cost-effective analyses, modeling, and economic evaluations. The company consistently receives exceptional scores from its clients and believes in three principles: technical capabilities, happy customers, and business development.

As a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Dr. McNealy has worked on multiple programs related to improving and measuring the quality of care. She also has expertise in a variety of qualitative research techniques, including conducting structured telephone interviews and site visits and coding and content analysis.

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