Norma A. Padrón, PhD, MA, MPH, is the Senior Director of Applied Research and Data Analytics at the Center for Health Innovation of the American Hospital Association (AHA). With her team, she focuses on the application of research strategies to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of quality, performance and innovation strategies for health systems across the country. Her team’s focus on the use of large scale clinical and performance data to build data products and tools to support decision, monitoring and prevention of adverse events within clinical care.
Most recently, she was the founder and Associate Director at the Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. A center focused in the applications of research design and data analytics to develop and evaluate population health strategies in a large clinical system in Pennsylvania. Concurrently, she was Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health where she collaborated with the Jeff Design lab in developing curricula for medical students including data science and design thinking for medicine.
Previously, she was a Research Scientist at The New York Academy of Medicine, and Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Population Health Science and Policy Department.
Norma earned her PhD in Health Policy & Management (Economics) from Yale University, a Master's in Economics from Duke University and a Master's in Public Health from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics and Math minor from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.