Skip to Content

Meet the Team

Courtney Kuza, MPH
Project Manager, ConnECCT
Courtney has fifteen years of experience in applying and teaching qualitative research methods and twelve years of experience managing, co-investigating, and evaluating community mental health services in a number of mixed-methods, academic-community partnered research studies. Currently, Courtney manages a HRSA-funded study of regionalizing pediatric emergency care and an NIH-funded study of LTAC best practices. Courtney earned her MPH from and is a current PhD student in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.


Kim Rak, PhD, MPH
Medical Anthropologist
Kim completed her doctorate in Medical Anthropology and MPH in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She has conducted qualitative and mixed-methods research for over fourteen years in the US and internationally. Prior research experience includes investigating health care delivery in Mongolia and Cuba; and adolescent conceptualizations of relationships and sexual risk-taking (US), bullying, and neighborhood safety. She just completed a six month ethnographic study in an ICU to better understand interprofessional care and patient/family involvement. In addition to the DELTA study, Kim will be working on a NIH-funded ICU telemedicine study.


LauraEllen Ashcraft, MSW
Project Manager, DELTA
LauraEllen received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh with concentrations in community organizing and social administration. She has spent the past five years analyzing systems in the fields of mental health, housing, homelessness, and child welfare. Previous qualitative research projects include race in Cuba, in-depth analysis of child fatality and near-fatality cases, and the response of the child welfare system to child abuse. Prior to joining CRISMA, Ms. Ashcraft developed an intake system for a nonprofit. Current projects include the use of telemedicine in pediatric subspecialty referrals and an NIH-funded ICU telemedicine study.


Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS
Principal Investigator
Dr. Kahn is Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Health Policy at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Program on Critical Care Health Policy and Management in the Department of Critical Care Medicine’s CRISMA research group. He is an internationally known health services researcher with expertise in regional acute care delivery. Dr. Kahn’s research program focuses on the organization, management, and financing of critical care services. He directs several grants from the National Institutes of Health examining the effect of ICU organization on the outcome of care for patients critical illness.


DELTA is led by the Health Policy and Management Program, CRISMA Center (Clinical Research, Investigation and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness), Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

For more information about the DELTA Study, please visit