Margarita Hurtado is principal research scientist at the American Institutes for Research in Silver Spring, Md. Her research focuses on quality of care measurement and improvement, survey and evaluation research, and health communication research. She has a special interest in Latino health and health care for underserved communities. Dr. Hurtado received her Ph.D. in health services research from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, as well as an M.H.S. in international health and an M.A. in international relations.