Alycia Infante Bayne is a principal research scientist in the Public Health Research Department. Bayne has 15 years of experience in program evaluation and qualitative research methods. She has expertise in primary data collection and analysis. She has collected data in communities across the country, using site visits, interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Her evaluation findings have informed state and federal health programs and policies. Her research areas include public health, aging and health, transportation as a social determinant of health, rural health, and health equity.
Bayne leads research on aging and health at NORC. She is the project director for a study for the CDC Foundation, with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to identify the needs and concerns of older adults and their caregivers during public health emergencies such as COVID-19. Bayne also leads evaluations of community-based healthy aging programs for the YMCA of the USA. She also conducts the evaluation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s work to advance health equity in Medicare.
Bayne also directs a portfolio of work exploring the intersection of transportation and health. She led a three-year study for the CDC Center for Injury Prevention and Control to identify the barriers and facilitators of older adults’ use of ride share services. For the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Bayne conducts a project to identify countermeasures to address drowsy driving, and she completed a study to identify evidence-based practices for traffic safety campaigns. She also led a study on access to transportation in rural communities for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and currently directs a pilot impact assessment of the CDC’s Injury Control Research Centers.
Bayne has served in a leadership role on numerous cross-site evaluations of community-based initiatives, including an assessment of community health coalitions after federal funding has ended for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, an evaluation of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an evaluation of the Advancing System Improvements to Support Targets for Healthy People 2010 Program for the Office on Women’s Health, and an evaluation of the 330A Outreach Authority programs for the Health Resources and Services Administration Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Bayne served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board Committee on the Safe Mobility of Older Persons. She is also a member of the Health New Jersey 2030 Advisory Council, which advises the selection of topic areas, objectives, and target-setting methodology to monitor health promotion and disease prevention interventions in the state.
Bayne has presented evaluation findings to federal agencies as well as task forces such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Weight Task Force and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She has also presented widely at conferences including those sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and AcademyHealth. Bayne is a silver award recipient of the Mather Institute’s Innovative Research on Aging Awards for CDC research on transportation and aging.