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Carrie Fry, MEd

Carrie E. Fry is a doctoral student in Health Policy with a concentration in evaluation and statistics at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. She graduated from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a BS in Child Development, where she was recognized as a Top 40 Outstanding Senior for her contributions to the University. In 2013, Carrie obtained an MEd in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University.

After obtaining her master’s degree, Carrie worked for the Tennessee Primary Care Association as a Navigator during the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period. Most recently, Carrie worked as a policy and data analyst in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine focusing on evaluating opioid control policies, providing technical assistance to state policymakers regarding Medicaid expansion, and identifying programs and policies to improve the health of Nashvillians.

Carrie’s research interests include access to health care and coverage for vulnerable and underserved populations, behavioral health policy, and social and public health policy evaluation. She has been published in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, and NEJM Catalyst and presented her work at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting and the Association for Public Policy and Management’s (APPAM) annual conference.  Carrie is currently working on issues related to mental health and substance use disorder, with a focus on health care coverage and access. Her studies are supported by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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