Our clients depend on us to help determine the effectiveness of their health interventions and clinical diagnostic methods and treatments. We work with our clients to determine whether outcomes for patients and clients are improving and whether clinicians are becoming more competent in their use of cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment methods. We have worked with many different stakeholders including health care providers, physicians, and nurse researchers using multiple methods to conduct research and evaluation studies. Areas of study include:

  • Quality of Life
  • Clinical Cancer Genetics
  • Emergency Department Differential Diagnoses
  • Spiritual Care
  • Home Care & Case Management
  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Medical & Dental Devices and Products
  • Urology Approaches & Urinary Incontinence
  • Evidence Based Practices
  • Psychotherapy
  • Wellness & Health Maintenance
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Palliative Care

Our experts will collaborate with you to better understand and measure how your program or treatments can be improved in order to change patients’ lives, improve clinicians’ skills, influence standards of care, and reduce health care costs. We will work with you to generate sampling plans, power analyses, measuring tools, and, as needed, will apply advanced analytic techniques to test your hypotheses and answer your research questions. From small scale pilot studies to private grant- and federally-funded multi-year, multi-method studies, we will help you change systems and individual lives.

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Research Associate

As Research Associate, Sarah provides support to client projects in numerous areas including public education, public services, and public health. For these projects, she participates in evaluation and research design, implementation, analysis and reporting. Moreover, Sarah manages projects focused on statewide data collection efforts that aim to improve government services directed at individuals with disabilities. Sarah has methodological expertise in both qualitative and quantitative study designs and analyses. Her content expertise spans public health, public policy, food and agriculture systems, environmental sustainability, U.S. immigration, social justice and equity. Prior to joining Vital Research, she provided her research expertise and project management skills to highly diverse organizations including national non-profits, international development agencies, the federal government, foundations, community-based organizations, labor unions, hospitals and universities.

Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Health and Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on policies impacting the U.S. food system. She also holds a Master in Public Health degree focused on Global Environmental Sustainability and Health from Johns Hopkins, as well as a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Sarah has dedicated her career to actionable research that improves the lives of others. She is happy to be furthering her goals through her work at Vital Research.