Petra W. Rasmussen, M.P.H.
Research Associate, Affordable Health Insurance
The Commonwealth Fund
Petra W. Rasmussen is the research associate for the Fund’s Program on Affordable Health Insurance. In this role, Ms. Rasmussen is responsible for contributing to survey questionnaire development, analyzing survey results through statistical analysis, and writing survey issue briefs and articles. In addition, she is involved in program and health reform cluster activities in tracking and researching emerging policy issues regarding health reform and the comprehensiveness and affordability of health insurance coverage and access to care in the United States. Ms. Rasmussen helps develop and manage small and board-level grants and makes presentations at public forums and professional meetings. Ms. Rasmussen joined the Fund in October 2011, initially as the program associate for fellowships and research in the International Program on Health Policy and Innovation. Previously she interned for the Wake County Human Services Tuberculosis Clinic and served as a policy analyst for the NYC Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access, analyzing the impact of local, state, and federal legislation and regulations on New York City and its residents. Ms. Rasmussen has also worked as the project coordinator for the Coronary Health Disease Policy Model at Columbia University Medical Center. Ms. Rasmussen holds a B.A. in Global Health Practices and Policies from Duke University and an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.