Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH
Kaiser Permanente, OCHIN
Dr. Gold is an epidemiologist and health services researcher. Her work focuses on the use of health information technology in improving care quality in public clinics, and the implementation methods needed to support these uses of technology. Dr. Gold works in partnership with the OCHIN practice-based research network and, since 2005, has worked with OCHIN's community clinic practitioners; she now has a joint appointment at the Center for Health Research and as the Lead Research Scientist at OCHIN, Inc. In that capacity, she oversees research conducted in OCHIN's member safety net clinics. She studies how to improve diabetes care in community health clinics serving socioeconomically vulnerable patient populations, and she is an expert on practice improvement implementation in this setting. As part of this work, Dr. Gold leads a pilot study assessing how to use tools in the electronic health record to help community clinics identify and act on patients’ social determinants of health. Dr. Gold’s work also includes analyzing the impact of state insurance policy changes on pediatric care in safety net clinics. Past efforts include analyses of the relationship between continuous insurance coverage and receipt of diabetes care in community clinic settings. Dr. Gold earned her MPH from Temple University and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington.