Bradford Booth, PhD, has joined Altarum as head of its Center for Military and Veterans Health, which provides data-driven solutions for agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that improve access and quality of care while achieving operational efficiencies.
Dr. Booth has 20 years of experience designing and conducting survey research and program evaluations for federal agencies, including the VA and DoD. He is a published military sociologist, and has led more than a dozen large-scale, multimodal surveys of military and Veteran populations. Before joining Altarum, he held senior positions at Westat and ICF International.
“In addition to being a recognized expert in evaluating military and Veteran health and well-being, Brad Booth has demonstrated exceptional leadership guiding multidisciplinary research teams, making him especially suited to direct Altarum’s work driving better health outcomes for Veterans and Service members and their families,” said Dan Armijo, Altarum senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Altarum’s history in military health dates back more than 40 years, beginning with developing a system to help the DoD forecast beneficiary demand for health care services. More recent work includes a qualitative analysis of comments from the TRICARE Inpatient Satisfaction Survey that helped Defense Health Agency (DHA) leadership improve care delivery for obstetrics patients, a survey of 14,000 Veterans for the VA to obtain insights about how stress impacts their health, and a comprehensive analytics training and education program for Navy Medicine. Altarum’s in-depth DHA dataset expertise, combined with a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of military health, also sets it apart from its peers.
Following Dr. Booth’s appointment, Tara Fowler, PhD, former deputy director of the Center for Military and Veterans Health, was appointed director of Altarum’s Center for Healthy Women and Children, which focuses on beneficiaries of Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, and WIC. Laura Pinnock, MSPH, a quantitative analyst and epidemiologist with subject matter expertise in survey data and data collection with military and Veteran populations, has assumed Dr. Fowler's former role of deputy director of the Center for Military and Veterans Health.