Qualitative research is my passion, as it allows me to work in the field interviewing policymakers and program administrators about their experiences implementing innovative health initiatives for children and families. Conducting focus groups is particularly rewarding because I am permitted to directly interact with parents, consumers, and providers about how programs are working for them and how they can be improved.
Ian Hill is a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He has more than 25 years of experience directing evaluation and technical assistance projects on health insurance programs for disadvantaged children and families. He is a nationally recognized qualitative researcher with extensive experience developing case studies of health program implementation and conducting focus groups with health care consumers, providers, and administrators. Hill directs the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Evaluation, which measures the impact of innovative prenatal care strategies on birth outcomes. He also leads various qualitative assessments of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, focusing on outreach and enrollment strategies and provider access. Hill led the qualitative components of two congressionally mandated evaluations of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and directed Urban’s work on the Insuring America’s Children evaluation and Covering Kids and Families evaluation.
For 10 years, Hill has worked in his hometown of Los Angeles, initially evaluating First 5 LA’s Healthy Kids Program, a universal coverage program targeting Latino immigrant children. He is currently evaluating its Best Start LA initiative to improve the well-being and development of children from birth to age 5.
Before joining Urban, Hill was the associate director of Health Systems Research, Inc., a senior analyst with the National Governors Association, and a presidential management fellow with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Hill did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received MAs in public administration and social work from Syracuse University.