Lara Cartwright-Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. In addition to teaching health policy courses and directing the MPH program in health policy, Professor Cartwright-Smith maintains a research portfolio focusing on translation of technical policy and legal issues into more meaningful tools for diverse audiences. Her recent work has focused on breaking down real and perceived barriers to sharing health information to support care coordination, patient engagement, equity, and community health.
Prof. Cartwright-Smith co-directed the Health Information & the Law project, an online resource for all federal and state laws related to the use and exchange of health information which aimed to inform and empower providers, consumers, payers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to understand and navigate laws and regulations that may be perceived or real barriers to health system transformation. Other recent health information policy projects include creation of a legal and ethical framework for patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research, analysis of models for sharing of health information between healthcare providers and legal services providers, and support for the Privacy and Security Working Group of the HIT Policy Committee at HHS.
Other areas of her health policy practice have included legal research for a database of state laws to support health economics research, tracking and explaining implementation of the Affordable Care Act, analyzing policies that threaten access to reproductive health care, creating a chartbook on racial and ethnic disparities in health care, and supporting multi-stakeholder regional collaboratives in efforts to improve healthcare quality, such as consumer access to public reports of performance measures for providers in their area.
Prof. Cartwright-Smith received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her MPH from George Washington University.