Petra W. Rasmussen, M.P.H., is senior research associate for The Commonwealth Fund’s Program on Health Care Coverage and Access. In this role, Ms. Rasmussen is responsible for contributing to survey questionnaire development, analyzing survey results, and writing survey issue briefs and articles. In addition, she is involved 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. She also 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 as the program associate for fellowships and research in the International Program on Health Policy and Practice Innovations. Previously she interned for the Wake County Human Services Tuberculosis Clinic and served as a policy analyst for the New York City Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access, analyzing the impact of local, state, and federal legislation and regulations on New York City and its residents. She also has 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.