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Sarah Thornburgh

Sarah Thornburgh

Research Assistant

I am very interested in the ways research and evidence can shape policy and how those policies can produce change, whether that change be behavioral, economic, or social.


Sarah Thornburgh is a research assistant in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she evaluates assistance projects of health insurance programs. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in biology and a BA in global health. Her senior project "Mass Media Messaging in Infectious Disease Outbreaks” studied the ways local and global media can influence behaviors and public opinions, and set guidelines outlining how previous outbreaks can inform the ways media respond in the future. In addition, Thornburgh has conducted research with the Duke Global Health Institute, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Organization for Tropical Studies in South Africa.

Research Areas

Health and Health Policy

Centers & Initiatives

Health Policy Center