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Sarina Coates brings public health research and biomedical policy development experience to HMA Community Strategies (HMACS). She employs a “nothing about me without me” approach to policy development, combining strategic interdisciplinary expert engagement with research to inform evidence-based and stakeholder-centric policy.
Sarina joined HMACS most recently from Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University where she served as a research assistant. In this role, Sarina served as a subject matter expert and primary point of contact for research through senior staff consultations and strategic project planning, from project proposal to execution.
She conducted systematic literature reviews and convened public and private events in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and experts across the healthcare continuum on a variety of issues, including off-label communication of approved drugs, international harmonization of expedited pathways, the sentinel system for post-market surveillance, and medical device innovation. She engaged and recruited external stakeholders to participate in convening activities around policy development topics of interest under a cooperative agreement with the FDA, and researched and gathered data to help identify major public health issues, including the prevention, scope, and impact of opioid misuse and abuse.
As a research assistant at The Brookings Institution, Center for Health Policy, Sarina conducted research, writing, analysis, and systematic literature reviews on a range of public health policy issues in support of a federally-funded cooperative agreement with the FDA. She monitored emerging policy issues and developed content on various public health topics, including biomedical innovation in academic settings, data transparency, and pharmaceutical manufacturing quality standards.
Additionally, Sarina served as policy research intern at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (O/ASPE). Sarina supported initial drafts of the interagency national pain strategy and conducted research, writing, and analysis for multiple projects supporting HHS Secretary Burwell’s initiatives, including biomedical device innovation in Israel and venture capital investing for biologic and biosimilar research and development.
As a research fellow, Sarina was awarded a fellowship grant to design and execute a low-impact human study examining socio-cultural influences on policy development and applications of individual insurance mandates in the U.S. and Switzerland. She also assisted in the rollout of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s insurance exchange policies for Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
Sarina received her bachelor’s degree in health administration and policy and biochemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
In her spare time, Sarina indulges in all things Baltimore (Crabs, Ravens, and O’s) and finds hidden gems in the city with her fiancé, Phillip.