Brigette Courtot is a senior research associate in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she has more than a decade of experience conducting health policy research and analysis, with a focus on maternal and child health and access to care for underserved populations. She is leading the qualitative case study component of the national evaluation of Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns, an enhanced prenatal care initiative targeting Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. As part of the research team monitoring the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 11 states, Courtot is studying Health Insurance Marketplace eligibility and enrollment system performance and implementation of ACA-related changes to Medicaid and CHIP. She recently completed a 20-state analysis of Medicaid and CHIP-managed care programs and is involved in cross-center projects including a study of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program retention 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.
Courtot 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.