Cara Sammartino

Associate Professor + Department Chair,  College of Health & Wellness

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Associate Professor Cara Sammartino
I am a health services investigator with 9+ years of experience in developing/analyzing program evaluation data, building analytical models, analyzing state legislation and researching effective policy solutions.”


Cara Sammartino, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., is a health services investigator with more than 9 years of professional experience in developing/analyzing program evaluation data, building analytical models, analyzing state legislation and research effective policy solutions.

Sammartino’s research interests include public finance, econometrics, comparative state policy and health care service utilization variation. She has formal training from Brown University in health services research, where her doctoral thesis examines linkage, retention in care and clinical outcomes for transitional populations with HIV.

Past projects include conducting multiple national surveys as a way to evaluate various state public health funding formula determinations and evaluating the current status of Medicaid directors and their views on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Sammartino also has significant experience in the local Rhode Island community, collaborating with stakeholders from the perspective of the state and also from the perspective of private insurers. She has worked with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), Xerox Healthcare, the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC), and the Rhode Island Senate Policy Office of the General Assembly, and understands many of the healthcare challenges Rhode Island faces.

In addition to working with public stakeholders and prior to entering doctoral work at Brown University, Sammartino worked for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island in their Health and Wellness institute for five years, evaluating program evaluation data and developing return on investment strategies for wellness programming. She enhanced her past work expertise during her doctoral training by conducting statistical analyses using ArcGIS, STATA, SAS, and R., and interpreting results using econometric analysis, multivariable regressions, multi-level modeling and organizational analysis, to name a few.

Sample Courses

  • HSC 1010: Intro to Health Professions
  • HSC 1110: Determinants of Health I
  • HSC 1120: Determinants of Health II
  • HSC 1230: Introduction to Public Health
  • PAS 5344: Professional and Health Policy Issues I

Recent Presentations

  • “Linkage and Retention in Care for Prisoner with HIV,” 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Authors: Cara Sammartino
  • “Linkage to Community HIV Care,” 2012 Annual Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain NIDA Grantees Meetings. Authors: Cara Sammartino + Josiah Rich
  • “The Effects of the RI Global Waiver on Physician Participation in the Rhode Island Medicaid Program,” 2012 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Authors: Cara Sammartino