Yara is a health economist, a policy analyst, and a dentist. She joined the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement (Partnership) as a Biostatistician in 2019. As a member of the Analytics and Evaluation Group, she is working with the Partnership to improve the oral health care system using data and analytics to inform the decision-making process.
She earned her Ph.D. in health policy from Brandeis University where she evaluated a Medicaid dental managed care program. She was a Senior Research Associate at Brandeis University before joining Harvard University as a Research Fellow. Dr. Halasa-Rappel has over 14 years of experience conducting research in the United States and internationally. Her research focuses on health financing, costing of health care services, cost of illness, modeling, economic evaluation of health and health-related projects, and cost-effectiveness. She is the author of over 45 articles, policy briefs, and book chapters including a policy brief exploring the role of ACOs in integrating oral and medical health, a cover story comparing caries risk assessment tools, and an article on the impact of poor oral health on employment. She co-authored key publications on topics related to the global human and economic burden of diseases, the cost-effectiveness of new health technologies, and the cost of expanding healthcare coverage to vulnerable populations.