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So O'Neil

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Public health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health disparities and health equity
  • Chronic disease prevention and health promotion
  • Community-based public health program evaluation
  • Measurement and evaluation technical assistance
  • Health
  • Population Health
  • State Health Policy
  • Data Analytics
  • Quality Measurement
About So

So O’Neil has expertise in chronic disease, maternal and child health, health disparities, and community-based public health program evaluation for purposes of program improvement and assessment. She has worked extensively with community-based organizations, state agencies, and community health centers and brings a participatory approach to complex mixed-methods evaluations.

O’Neil also has extensive experience developing and assessing performance and quality indicators and measures, as well as providing measurement and evaluation technical assistance and training to federal and state agencies and their grantees. She is currently providing evaluation support and technical assistance for a women’s cardiovascular and health screening program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She completed the design for an evaluation of the federal Healthy Start program, which aims to reduce disparities in perinatal outcomes. She also directs an evaluation of a pilot mobile health program using Text4baby, a mobile application to provide health education to pregnant women and new mothers. In addition, she leads an evaluation of a state-level women’s community-based care program in Massachusetts and has provided technical assistance support on the evaluation of grantees focused on reducing health disparities and promoting tobacco cessation.

O'Neil has published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and has presented at its conference and the National Healthy Start Association conference. She holds an M.S. in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Key Projects
  • Evaluation Design for a Transformed Healthy Start Program

    Mathematica developed an evaluation design and plan for the transformed Healthy Start Program, an initiative that aims to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality. The data collection tools we developed included program surveys, a site visit protocol, and a focus group protocol.