Lorraine Otero, M.S., is a Research Analyst at Dobson | DaVanzo. Ms. Otero brings vast experience in quantitative analysis and data visualization to the company.
Before joining Dobson | DaVanzo, she worked as a Financial Research Assistant for two years at Marquette University. During this time, Ms. Otero analyzed proprietary data and assembled initiative program proposals for university decision-makers, using Tableau to prepare dynamic maps and visualization of analysis regarding finance and operations.
Prior to her work at Marquette University, Ms. Otero conducted client activity reporting and developed financial databases at Northwestern Mutual. She also worked as a student tutor for low-income and first-generation students in the Educational Opportunity Program, focusing on mathematical courses.
Ms. Otero worked as a volunteer for Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for several departments, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Hospital Administration. Her experience as a volunteer served as a motivation for her research on the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate from 2012, focusing on how accessible birth control impacts birthweight and infant mortality rates. This also considered the health effects from increased access to contraceptive services on the birthweight outcomes of single mothers, using micro-level data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s natality database.
During her graduate coursework, Ms. Otero conducted research using the National Survey of Drug Use and Health to determine the probability of women reporting drug use in relation to their age, marital status and educational attainment level. Additional research examined the correlation from the degree of female participation in STEM-related occupations with the perceived gender wage gap by constructing a decomposition to determine the discrimination among wage differences.
At Dobson | DaVanzo, Ms. Otero provides project management, supporting research, and analytical assistance on planned and ad hoc analyses for CMS’s Medicare Part D Claims Analysis project. She is also working on summarizing findings in reports and presentations, as well as conducting comprehensive literature reviews and assisting with quantitative data collection and analysis. Ms. Otero is helping clients by providing analytical support for CMS’s Medicare Part C and Part D Data Validation and Monitoring project, CMS’s Medicare Part D Formulary project, and CMS’s Medicare Intravenous Immune Globulin Access Demonstration. Additionally, she has provided research assistance to assess the impact of charitable assistance on pharmaceutical pricing, investigated into the effects of the recent Immune Globulin shortage, and evaluated different statistical techniques for quantitative research, and developed summary reports on opioid misuse trends.
Ms. Otero holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, minors in Business Administration and Chemistry, and a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Marquette University, where she was a recipient of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Scholarship, as well as the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award.