Sara S. Bachman

Photography for BU School of Public Health.Interim Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health
Associate Professor, Social Research
Phone: 617-353-1415

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BA (Biology), Bucknell University
MS (Epidemiology), University of Massachusetts, School of Public Health
PhD (Health Policy), Brandeis University, Heller School, Social Welfare Policy

Courses Taught

MC 770 Children with Special Health Care Needs, BUSPH,
SR 743 Research I: Introduction to Research Methods
SR 744 Research II: Introduction to Statistical Testing
MP 785 Program Evaluation

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Social Work and Public Health; Health Policy; Health Financing; Health Care Organization and Delivery

Bachman, S.S., Comeau, M., & Long, T. (Forthcoming). Statement of the problem: Health reform, value based purchasing, and children and youth with special health care needs. Pediatrics.

Ellis, R.P., Bachman, S.S., & Tan, H.R.* (Forthcoming). Refining our understanding of value based insurance design and high cost-sharing on children. Pediatrics.

Bachman, S.S., Comeau. M. Dworetzky, B., Hamershock, R*. & Hirschi, M.* (2015). The Louisiana Family Opportunity Act Medicaid Buy In Program. Maternal and Child Health, 19, 2568-2577.

Ghandour, R.M., Comeau, M., Tobias, C., Dworetzky, B., Hamershock, R.*, Honberg, L., & Bachman, S.S. (2015). Assuring adequate health insurance for children with special health care needs: Progress from 2001 to 2009-2010. Academic Pediatrics, 15, 451-460.

Wilson, K.*, & Bachman, S.S. (2015). House Calls: The impact of home-based care for older adults with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Social Work in Health Care, 54, 547-558.

Ruth, B.J., Marshall, J.W., Velasquez, E.E.M. & Bachman, S.S. (2015). Educating public health social work professionals: Results from an MSW/MPH program outcomes study. Journal of Social Work Education, 51(1), 186-194.

Wilson, K.*, Hirschi, M.*, Comeau, M., Bronheim, S., & Bachman, S. S. (2014). Disparities in insurance coverage among children with special health care needs: How social workers can promote social and economic justice. Health and Social Work, 39(2), 121-127.

Bachman, S.S., Comeau, M., Tobias, C., Allen, D., Epstein, S., Jantz, K*. & Honberg, L. (2012). State health care financing strategies for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 50(3), 181-189.

Bachman, S.S., Abel, S. & Reznik, D.A. (2012). New Approaches to oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Public Health Reports, 127(Suppl2), 3-4.

Bachman, S.S. (2016). Current health policy developments. Leadership Academy of Deans and Directors. National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. Invited speaker at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Bachman, S.S. & Comeau, M. (2016). Financing and insurance strategies for children with special health care needs: The Catalyst Center. Briefing to Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs, MCHB, HRSA, Rockville, MD.

Bachman, S.S. (2016). National Expert. Title V Block Grant National Performance Measure Learning Lab. National Webinar.

Bachman, S.S. (2014). Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Pediatric Network Adequacy National Roundtable. Discussant, Washington, D.C.

Bachman, S.S. (2014). Medicaid Managed Care: The importance of risk adjustment. AMCHP National Action Learning Collaborative: States Transitioning Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs into Medicaid Managed Care Arrangements, Washington, DC.

Bachman, S.S. (2013). Evaluation: Using results to promote sustainability in the new health care landscape. National HRSA Rural Health Network Development Program Grantee Meeting, Rockville, MD.

Principal Investigator. (2016-Present). Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care. HRSA, DHHS. Total award to Boston University: $6,000,000; direct costs: $4,841,507.

Co-Investigator. (2015-Present). Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum: Dissemination and Evaluation Center. (PI: Fox, BUSPH) SPNS, HAB. HRSA, DHHS. Total award to Boston University: $2,510,269.

Local Evaluator. (2014-Present). Partners in Health and Housing, Project REACH. (PI: Cox, BUSPH). Boston Public Health Commission. Total Evaluation Budget: $200,000.

Principal Investigator. (2014-2015). Options for Financing Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. (Co-PI: Comeau, BUSPH). Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Total Award to Boston University: $70,000.

Principal Investigator. (2013-Present). The Catalyst Center: The National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (CYSHCN). MCHB, HRSA, DHHS. Total award to Boston University: $2,365,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. (2013-Present). Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center, Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV Positive Homeless Populations Initiative. (PI: Rajabiun, BUSPH) SPNS, HAB. HRSA, DHHS. Total award to Boston University: $2,500,000.

2015 – Present: Interim Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, School of Social Work
2013 – Present: Director, Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (formerly Health & Disability Working Group), School of Public Health
2010 – Present: Research Associate Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management, School of Public Health
2011 – Present: Charles River Campus, Institutional Review Board, Chairperson
2016, Expected: Guest Editor, Pediatrics Supplement on Innovative Financing Strategies for Health Care Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
2016, Expected: Guest Editor, American Journal of Public Health Supplement on Social Work and Public Health
2016: Report Reviewer, Institute of Medicine (IOM). Informing Social Security’s Process for Financial Capability Determination.  Report for the Committee to Evaluate the Social Security Administration’s Capability Determination Process for Adult Beneficiaries.  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
2016: Faculty Lead, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, Health Reform Learning Community, Boston, MA
2015 – Present: Board of Directors, Secretary, Bicycles Against Poverty. NY, NY; Uganda.
2014-2016: Co-Chair, Value Based Purchasing National Learning Community.  American Academy of Pediatrics. Elk Grove Village, IL
2010-2012: Guest Editor, Public Health Reports Supplement on Oral Health for People Living with HIV/AIDS
2008- 2011: Editorial Board, Health and Social Work
2009: Grant Reviewer, Ireland Health Research Board Grants
2008: Textbook Reviewer, Oxford University Press
2006 – Present: Board of Directors, Chair of Grant Committee, Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation, Marlborough, MA
1996 – Present: President, Chair of Advisory Committee, Women’s Lunch Place (shelter for poor and homeless women), Boston, MA.

2002, 2004, 2005, 2006: Nominee, Boston University School of Social Work Teaching Excellence Award