Alison B. Comfort

Health Economist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

Alison B. Comfort, PhD, is a health economist who received her doctorate in Health Policy (Economics concentration) from Harvard University and her BA in Economics and Spanish from Amherst College. Her research has focused on evaluating interventions to improve reproductive, maternal and child health, both in the United States and in developing countries. She has worked on several randomized controlled trials, including an impact evaluation to assess the effect of providing community health workers with free pregnancy tests for distribution to improve both provision of hormonal contraceptives and antenatal care counseling in Madagascar. She has also evaluated the long-term effects of in-utero conditions on maternal survival later in a woman’s life using secondary data from several African countries and conducted several studies related to malaria, including an impact evaluation assessing the effect of price on demand for anti-malarial bednets. In the United States, she is conducting implementation science research on provider training and patient education in clinic settings to increase contraceptive provision, including through school based health centers. She previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.

Experience

  • –present
    Health Economist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco