Tricia Higgins

Tricia Collins Higgins

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Health care systems research
  • Program and policy evaluation
  • Primary care redesign and transformation
  • Behavioral health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Care Delivery Systems
  • Population Health
  • Quality Measurement
About Tricia

Tricia Collins Higgins’s research focuses on primary care transformation, health services, safety net systems, quality of care, behavioral health, and maternal and child health.

Currently, Higgins leads the qualitative research for Mathematica’s evaluation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s Health Care Innovation Behavioral Health Awards program, intended to deliver better health, improved care, and lower costs to people with serious mental illness or other behavioral health needs enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. She also contributes to the implementation evaluation of the Health Care Innovation Primary Care Redesign Awards, which fund organizations that are implementing compelling new ideas in primary care delivery.

Higgins is the qualitative lead for two projects with The Colorado Health Foundation. One assesses the changing landscape of coverage and care for low-income children due to Affordable Care Act implementation and other influences in the state, and the other examines the extent to which a funding opportunity supporting team-based care in 20 Colorado clinics helps those clinics optimize existing care teams to deliver coordinated, high quality care. Higgins was a task leader for a recently-completed patient-centered medical home project for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; her roles on the project focused on primary care transformation and health information technology’s potential to support quality improvement in primary care.

Higgins, who joined Mathematica in 2008, holds a Ph.D. in health policy and management from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and an M.P.H. with a focus in maternal and child health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Key Projects