Lois Ritter EdD, MS, MA, MS-HCA, PMP, CHDA

senior research analyst

Lois has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, education, and research. She specializes in systems development, quality improvement, research and evaluation, project management, and stakeholder engagement on projects in areas such as health and wellbeing, youth development, trauma, senior wellness, community needs assessments, school readiness, and parenting skills. Two specific examples include her work in conducting a needs assessment for the Healthy San Francisco project and developing senior wellness curriculums and courses and teaching classes such as fall prevention and medication management. Lois earned her doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco and three master’s degrees in health science, healthcare administration, and social and cultural anthropology. Additional certifications include project management, health data analysis, applied statistics, distance education, and biomedical informatics. As a faculty member at a San Francisco Bay Area university for nine years, Lois taught community and multicultural health and healthcare administration. Her publications include books and journal articles primarily in the areas of multicultural health, community mental health, survey research, and rural health and has presented her work at international, national, and regional conferences.

Lois has designed and implemented research and evaluations for national, statewide, and regional studies for the federal and state government agencies, foundations, healthcare providers and payers, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. These studies have included qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, community-level evaluation and facilitation, primary and secondary data collection and analysis for complex data sets, literature reviews, needs assessments, and engaging with a range of audiences and stakeholders. She focuses on identifying methods for improving services and outcomes for communities, families, and individuals by using data to drive change. Recent projects with ASR include Solano County First 5 where she is assisting with identifying evidence-based practices for making families economically self-sufficient and conducting a child mental health needs assessment.