Deputy Director, Center for Military and Veterans' Health

Tara Fowler PortraitTara (Trudnak) Fowler is currently the Project Manager and Lead Researcher on a Data Extraction and Presentation project that provides quantitative and qualitative research support for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Health Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office. As Research Lead, Dr. Fowler addresses questions of interest by designing and directing analyses using survey and claims data. She also conducts and leads literature reviews and qualitative analyses and supports the department in other analyses.

She recently supported the Military Health System Review and the annual Evaluation of the TRICARE Program for fiscal year 2014 and is currently participating on several analyses examining beneficiary satisfaction with outpatient and inpatient care, using a combination of survey and claims data.

Before joining Altarum, Dr. Fowler was a Senior Research Manager at AcademyHealth and worked on several quality improvement evaluation projects. These included two Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act demonstration grants, one in Colorado and New Mexico focusing in school-based health centers and the other in Maine and Vermont focusing on the evaluation of the National Improvement Partnership Network and a Beacon Communities Health Information Technology grant in Cincinnati, OH.

She was also a lead researcher for the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network, for which she worked on multistate aggregate projects, including a perinatal health project focused on early elective deliveries using linked vital statistics and Medicaid claims data, a hospital readmissions analysis, and an assessment of antipsychotic use among children and adolescence.

Dr. Fowler holds a master’s of public health in global health and a doctorate of philosophy in public health, with a specialization in maternal and child health, all from the University of South Florida. Her doctoral dissertation research assessed pregnancy outcomes and women’s perspectives of a group prenatal care program for Latina women in a public health clinic.