My research uses methods from empirical economics and statistics to evaluate and personalize the targeting of health services and policies. I have a PhD from Columbia University, where I studied health and development economics, and a BS in mathematics from the University of Chicago. I have a primary appointment in the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at Mount Sinai and a secondary appointment in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences. I am also affiliated with the Veterans Health Administration (New York Harbor) and Stanford University School of Medicine.
I have a long-term interest in improving access to quality health care services for vulnerable populations. I was part of the team that started City Health Works in Harlem NY, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded organization that employs community workers to deliver home health coaching and care coordination services to Medicaid beneficiaries. I was also previously a technologist in residence at Cornell Tech, where I helped design a digital nutrition application to scale-up access to registered dietician services under Prof. Deborah Estrin, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2018. In partnership with the largest microfinance institution in Haiti, I was part of the team that developed a community health entrepreneur program that has now been scaled up to reach millions of rural, low-income women and children.
Baum A, Elize W, & Jean-Louis F. (2017). Microfinance Institutions’ Successful Delivery of Micronutrient Powders: A Randomized Trial In Rural Haiti. Health Affairs.
Baum A, Scarpa J, Bruzelius E, Tamler R, Basu S, & Faghmous J. (2017). Targeting weight loss interventions to reduce cardiovascular complications of type 2 diabetes: a machine learning-based post-hoc analysis of heterogeneous treatment effects in the Look AHEAD trial. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Baum A, Song Z, Landon, B, Phillips, R, Bitton, A Basu, S (2019). Health Care Spending Slowed After Rhode Island Applied Affordability Standards To Commercial Insurers. Health Affairs.
Scarpa J, Bruzelius E, Doupe P, Le M, Faghmous J, Baum A (2019). Assessment of Risk of Harm Associated With Intensive Blood Pressure Management Among Patients With Hypertension Who Smoke: A Secondary Analysis of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial. JAMA Network Open.
Bruzelius E, Baum A. (2019). The Mental Health of Hispanic/Latino Americans Following National Immigration Policy Changes: United States, 2014–2018. American Journal of Public Health.
Baum A, Barnett ML, Wisnivesky J, & Schwartz MD (2019). Association Between a Temporary Reduction in Access to Health Care and Long-term Changes in Hypertension Control Among Veterans After a Natural Disaster. JAMA Network Open.
Baum A, Schwartz MD (2020). Admissions to Veterans Affairs Hospitals for Emergency Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA.
Reuters and NBC News, Immigration raids tied to worse mental health among Hispanic Americans
Editorial Commentary in JAMA Network Open, Using Machine Learning to Identify Heterogeneous Effects in Randomized Clinical Trials—Moving Beyond the Forest Plot and Into the Forest
Med Page Today, SPRINT Re-Analysis Has News for Smokers With Hypertension
Harvard Medical School News, Rhode Island's Affordability Standards Slow Health Care Spending
Stanford University News, Rhode Island adopts regulations to slow health-care costs — and they appear to work
Editorial Commentary in Lancet D&E, Looking again at the Look AHEAD Study
Med Page Today, Behavioral Changes Effective for Most T2D Patients
Interview in Health Affairs’ Narrative Matters, Making The Most Of Microfinance Networks
Op-ed in Devex, It's time to rethink how we view microfinance institutions
Cornell Research, Small Data and Big Health Benefits
The Economist Films, Health without Wealth