Savannah Bergquist
Health Policy PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Savannah Bergquist is a doctoral student in health policy at Harvard University concentrating in evaluative science and statistics, and is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. She was also awarded a Harvard Graduate Society Research Fellowship for her dissertation work in 2017.

Current Interests

Savannah is currently working on machine learning projects related to assessing risk adjustment methods applied in the ACA Marketplaces and Medicare Advantage with Sherri Rose. She is interested in how sample selection affects prediction, particularly for subgroups such as users of mental health services. Savannah is also interested in reproducible research.


Savannah graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with an AB in Political Economy. Following graduation, Savannah pursued an MSc in Health, Population, and Society from the London School of Economics. Her graduate thesis evaluated the Partnership for Long-Term Care Insurance Program. She received the Brian Abel Smith Prize for best dissertation in her degree program. After her MSc, Savannah joined The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice as a Health Policy Fellow, where her work focused on accountable care organizations.


Shrestha A, Bergquist S, Montz E, Rose S. Mental health risk adjustment with clinical categories and machine learning, revised and resubmitted.

Bergquist S, Brooks G, Keating N, Landrum MB, Rose S. Classifying lung cancer severity with ensemble machine learning in health care claims data. Proceedings of Machine Learning Research, accepted (MLHC). [Preprint] []

Rose S, Bergquist S, Layton T. Computational health economics for identification of unprofitable health care enrollees. Biostatistics, 2017. [Link] [Code]

Colla C, Lewis V, Bergquist S, and Shortell S. Accountability across the continuum: The participation of postacute care providers in accountable care organizations. Health Services Research, 2016. [Link]

Bergquist S, Costa-Font J, and Swartz K. Partnership program for long-term care insurance: the right model for addressing uncertainties with the future? Ageing & Society, 2016. [Link]

Bergquist S and Bartolizzi AR. First (expiration) dates. Harvard Medical Student Review, 2015.

Schoenherr K, Van Citters A, Carluzzo K, Bergquist S, Fisher E, and Lewis V. Establishing a coalition to pursue accountable care in the safety net: a case study of the FQHC Urban Health Network. The Commonwealth Fund. October 2013.

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