Sarina Coates

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Sarina Coates

Research Assistant

Washington, DC

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(202) 785-3669

Sarina brings operational planning, organizational change implementation and performance measurement experience to her client projects.

Prior to joining HMA, Sarina was a health policy researcher for federal government and think tank organizations. She supported innovative drug policy, including the initial draft of the National Pain Strategy, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation under Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A strong organizer, facilitator and coordinator, Sarina supported federally funded contracts through policy development activities like facilitating work groups, expert stakeholder convenings, and consensus building activities to inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policy decisions.

Immediately after her undergraduate studies, Sarina joined The Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy and transitioned with her senior fellows to help Duke University start its own Margolis Center for Health Policy. There, she informed FDA policy interests like first amendment rights of commercial pharmaceutical companies, off-label communications of approved drugs, and international harmonization of expedited drug approval pathways.

Since joining HMA, Sarina has supported state and local governments in health system transformation initiatives including health initiative implementation for community-based organizations in Delaware under a State Innovation Model grant, measurement of capacity to address substance abuse in rural Arizona, and economic modeling for financial supports for home caregivers in Colorado.

Sarina received bachelor’s degrees in both biochemistry and health administration and policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

When she isn’t supporting client work, Sarina indulges in all things Baltimore and enjoys camping and trail-running with her life-partner, Phillip.