Beth S. Simon is a social science research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She conducts quantitative and qualitative research to improve the quality of services and communications for health care beneficiaries. Previously, she was an associate research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR) at Johns Hopkins University, where her research focused on family and community involvement in high schools and the effects of partnerships on high school student success. She also served as dissemination director of the National Network of Partnership Schools and as developer of the Network's Web site. She earned her PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.