About Our Founders

Dr. Allen Fremont

Dr. Allen Fremont is a Physician and Sociologist at RAND with appointments at UCLA, and the West LA VAMC. He has extensive experience working with health care delivery systems and conducting translational research projects to address gaps in care and outcomes. He co-led RAND’s involvement (2003-2008) in the National Health Plan Collaborative (NHPC), a novel public-private partnership of health plans with over 100 million+ members. As part of his role, he co-led development of indirect methods for estimating race/ethnicity. He also founded and is Director of RAND’s Q-DART project (2008-present) which focuses on development and dissemination of GIS mapping and data decision tools to help health plans and providers more efficiently and effectively target QI efforts in diverse populations. He led RAND’s consortium of 30 health care organizations participating in AHRQ’s Accelerating Change and Translation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) program (2005-2010). He served as Co-PI/ Co-Director of the California Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Improvement Center (2009-2012). He now is supporting regional and community level pilots to help foster shared action among diverse stakeholders (e.g., health plans, provider groups, public health agencies, state regulators, and non-profit organizations), including the California Right Care Initiative (RCI) and the San Diego Be There initiative. He Continues to Direct the RAND Q-DART Project.

Dr. Fremont attended U.C. Berkeley (BA, Social Psychophysiology), Medical Scholars Program – University of Illinois, Urbana (Ph.D., Sociology) and Dartmouth Medical School (M.D.). He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, and a GIM Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital Boston & the Dept. of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School. He is Co-Editor of the Handbook of Medical Sociology, 5th and 6th Edition, an NIH Disparities Scholar, cancer survivor, husband, and father of 2 boys.

Specialties: quality of care, quality improvement, racial and ethnic disparities in care, medical sociology, health services research, program evaluation, community health, social determinants of health, geographic information system (GIS) mapping and decision tools, health information technology (HIT), patient-centered care, HIPAA and privacy, patient safety, health policy.

From the early years of Dr. Fremont’s career, he had a talent for building and leading collaborative teams. A recent article describes the work of a collaborative that arose from the California Department of Managed Health Care and the Right Care Initiative of the University of California (UC). The Right Care Initiative is overseen by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in collaboration with Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, the RAND Corporation, and other experts. Under the leadership of Dr. Fremont, the collaborative accomplished a rapid impact of one in five fewer heart attacks in San Diego County (Fremont, et al, 2018). Building on his own experiences and expertise, he has also been an active participant in collaborative forums discussing integrative health care and medicine, a clear direction for policy and community wellness.