Gerry Fairbrother, PhD

Academic Affiliation

Adjunct Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-0189

Fax 513-636-0171


Children’s coverage access; quality of care for vulnerable population; immunization delivery; health information technology (HIT)

Gerry Fairbrother, PhD, is a senior fellow at Academy Health and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fairbrother ‘s research areas include measuring quality of care, impact of churning in Medicaid and CHIP on measurement of quality. She is currently an evaluator for one of the CHIPRA demonstration projects (in Colorado and New Mexico) and as such is examining the impact of an improvement intervention on four core quality measures. She is also currently the evaluator on a Beacon Communities project, examining the impact of the health information technology on performance on selected asthma measures. She is currently on the technical assistance faculty for the National Association of State Health Policy. Dr. Fairbrother has led investigations on gaps and patterns of enrollment in child health insurance, barriers and cost to enroll in these programs, impact of Medicaid managed care on preventive screening for children, and impact of financial incentives on physician behavior.

PhD: The Johns Hopkins University, 1971.

BS: University of Maryland, 1965.

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Fairbrother G, Simpson LA. Measuring and reporting quality of health care for children: CHIPRA and beyond. Acad Pediatr. 2011 May-Jun;11(3 Suppl):S77-84.

Fairbrother GL, Carle AC, Cassedy A, Newacheck PW. The impact of parental job loss on children's health insurance coverage. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Jul;29(7):1343-9.

Fairbrother G, Cassedy A, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Szilagyi PG, Edwards KM, Molinari NA, Donauer S, Henderson D, Ambrose S, Kent D, Poehling K, Weinberg GA, Griffin MR, Hall CB, Finelli L, Bridges C, Staat MA; New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN). High costs of influenza: Direct medical costs of influenza disease in young children. Vaccine. 2010 Jul 12;28(31):4913-9.

Simpson L, Fairbrother G, Touschner J, Guyer J. How federal implementation choices can maximize the impact of CHIPRA on health care of children with developmental and behavioral needs. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Apr;31(3):238-43.

Payne DC, Szilagyi PG, Staat MA, Edwards KM, Gentsch JR, Weinberg GA, Hall CB, Curns AT, Clayton H, Griffin MR, Fairbrother G, Parashar UD. Secular variation in United States rotavirus disease rates and serotypes: implications for assessing the rotavirus vaccination program. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2009 Nov;28(11):948-53. Erratum in: Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Mar;29(3):287-8.

Simpson LA, Fairbrother G. How health policy influences quality of care in pediatrics. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Aug;56(4):1009-21.

Fairbrother G, Simpson LA. It is time! Accelerating the use of child health information systems to improve child health. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123 Suppl 2:S61-3.

Cassedy A, Fairbrother G, Newacheck PW. The impact of insurance instability on children's access, utilization, and satisfaction with health care. Ambul Pediatr. 2008 Sep-Oct;8(5):321-8.

Szilagyi PG, Fairbrother G, Griffin MR, Hornung RW, Donauer S, Morrow A, Altaye M, Zhu Y, Ambrose S, Edwards KM, Poehling KA, Lofthus G, Holloway M, Finelli L, Iwane M, Staat MA; New Vaccine Surveillance Network. Influenza vaccine effectiveness among children 6 to 59 months of age during 2 influenza seasons: a case-cohort study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008 Oct;162(10):943-51.

Fairbrother G, Broder K, Staat MA, Schwartz B, Heubi C, Hiratzka S, Walker FJ, Morrow AL. Pediatricians' adherence to pneumococcal conjugate vaccine shortage recommendations in 2 national shortages. Pediatrics. 2007 Aug;120(2):e401-9.