Brigette Courtot is a principal research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she focuses on maternal and child health, women’s health, and access to care for underserved populations. Her current and recent projects include national evaluations of the Maternal Opioid Misuse model, the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns program, and the State Innovation Models program.
Courtot also directed a mixed-methods project on reproductive health care access and an evaluation design for a multi-state contraceptive access program. Courtot is an expert on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program policies related to eligibility, enrollment, and managed care and has studied Affordable Care Act implementation extensively. Her interests extend across public policy areas, and she has been involved in Urban Institute cross-center projects such as a study of how communities have responded to the public charge rule, retention in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the evaluation of Work Support Strategies, an initiative to streamline the delivery of key economic supports for low-income working families.
Before joining Urban, Courtot was senior policy analyst for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center, where she examined women’s access to care, insurance coverage for reproductive health services, implementation of the federal health reform law, and how various public policies affect women’s health outcomes. She holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she concentrated on population and family health, and completed a final capstone project on organizational models of maternity care.