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Cori Kautz
Sheedy, Ph.D.

Principal Associate, U.S. Health

Cori Kautz Sheedy, PhD, is a healthcare evaluation, communications, technical assistance and implementation expert. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the areas of health services, behavioral health policy, health care integration and care transformation. Her work helps to increase knowledge, influence change, implement innovations and capture outcomes to increase impact and relevance to behavioral health.

Sheedy has worked on dozens of projects for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), other federal and state government agencies and private organizations. She has served as the project director for cross-site, national and local evaluations, technical assistance, learning and diffusion and communications projects. She is a subject matter expert on behavioral health policy and program topics, child and youth development, qualitative and mixed-methods research and quality improvement activities.

Since 2018, she has served as:

  • Project director and qualitative lead for the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) Evaluation for the CMS. MCCM is a care delivery reform in which Medicare beneficiaries with targeted diagnoses can access hospice-like support services while continuing to receive curative treatment. Sheedy directs and manages the $16 million evaluation, overseeing 20 project staff and five subcontractors and infuses CMS’ Innovation Center expertise through all project activities.
  • Chapter lead for analyzing patient safety practices on opioids and patient identification errors for the Making Health Care Safer III report for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  • A stakeholder interviewer for SAMHSA’s Program Evaluation for Prevention Contract (PEPC).
  • Project quality advisor for the Communications Management Services to Support the National Bullying Prevention Initiative. She emphasizes adoption of best practices, including increasing protective factors against bullying and reducing risk factors of bullying.
  • Deputy project director for a nationwide learning and diffusion project that involved strategic planning, quality assurance, rapid cycle assessment, evaluation, development and implementation of improvements for a primary care project that involved more than 3,000 primary care practices in 18 states and communities.

Sheedy previously served as project manager for two state-level evaluations – one focused on evaluating the impact of a Medicaid program and another for rebalancing the state system providing long-term services and supports. She served as project director for a project that involved evaluation, technical assistance, capacity-building and knowledge-dissemination activities for a substance use initiative. As project director, she worked with several federal agencies to develop and release the first U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health. And she served as project manager for an evaluation of 87 grantees participating in the Minority AIDS Initiative and Targeted Capacity Expansion Program.

Expertise

  • Behavioral health policy
  • Child and youth development
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods research
  • Quality improvement activities
  • Project management
  • Technical assistance

Key Projects

  • Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) Evaluation
  • Making Health Care Safer III
  • Program Evaluation for Prevention Contract
  • Communications Management Services to Support the National Bullying Prevention Initiative
  • Regional Learning Network for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative
  • Medicaid Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 Evaluation
  • Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Strategic Initiative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Project
  • Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health
  • Evaluation of Minority AIDS Initiative and Targeted Capacity Expansion Program
  • Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy
  • Behavioral Health Information Technologies and Standards
  • National Recovery Month

Presentations

  • CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Faculty Day, January 2018, Baltimore Maryland.
  • SAMHSA SBIRT Grant Program Presentation, March 23, 2016, Washington, DC.
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Youth Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Strategic Initiative Annual Convening, November 11-12, 2015, Washington, DC.
  • INEBRIA Conference Presentation, Preventing, Screening, and Intervening in Youth Substance Use: Examining Implementation of SBIRT in Diverse Settings, September 24, 2015, Atlanta, GA.
  • SAMHSA SBIRT ATTC Webinar, Seeding and Implementing Systems Change Efforts to Improve the Lives of Youth: Hilton Foundation’s Youth Strategic Initiative, September 16, 2015.
  • Strategic Planning for the Greater Nashua Public Health Area, 2014-2015.
  • Greater Nashua Public Health Mental Health and Substance Use Data Indicators Expert Panel, 2014.

Publications

  • Kautz, C.M., Gittell, J.H., Lusenhop, W., Weinberg, D.B., Wright. J. (2007). Patient Benefits from Participating in an Integrated Delivery System? Impact on Coordination of Care. Health Care Management Review, 32(3).
  • Weinberg, D.B., Gittell, J.H., Kautz, C.M., Lusenhop. W. (2007). Beyond Our Walls: Impact of Patient-Perceived Coordination Across the Continuum on Patient Outcomes. Health Services Research, 42(1), 7-24.
  • Weinberg, D.B., Lusenhop, W., Gittell, J.H. and Kautz, C.M. (2007). Coordination Between Formal Providers and Informal Caregivers. Health Care Management Review, 32(2), 1-10.
  • Sheedy, C. and Hunt, D. (2015). Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Youth Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Strategic Initiative: Impacting Youth Substance Use, Health, and Wellbeing. Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Project Year 1 Report.
  • Sheedy, C., McDonald, D, Flygare, C., and Holleman, A. (2014). Monitoring the Implementation of the SAMHSA TI-12-007 and TI-13-011 Grant Programs Final Report. Rockville, MD: SAMHSA.
  • Whitter, M., Sheedy, C., and Powers, P. (2014). Leadership Development Toolkit: Strengthening the Potential of Young People in Recovery. Submitted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy Project.
  • Durocher, K. and Sheedy, C. (2014). Online Collaborative Communities: Potential, Power, and Possibility. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Cori Kautz Sheedy, Ph.D.