Chloe E. Bird
Chloe E. Bird is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation, where she studies women's health, gender differences in health, and social determinants of physical and mental health, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is also editor-in-chief of the journal Women's Health Issues. Bird is principal investigator of a study funded by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to assess and map gender differences in quality of care for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes in VHA patients in California and Texas. Her recent projects include a pilot study mapping gender differences in lipid screening among patients in one California health plan who had CVD or diabetes, and two studies funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on the impact of neighborhoods and behaviors on allostatic load, morbidity, and mortality based on data from the Women's Health Initiative and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. In Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choice and Social Policies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Bird and coauthor Patricia P. Rieker highlight promising approaches to integrating biological and social research and provide examples of innovative developments that transcend the long-standing, discipline-focused division of labor in the research community. Bird received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Concurrent Non-RAND PositionsEditor-in-Chief, Women's Health Issues
- Mapping Gender Disparities in Cardiovascular Care in California. The study examines and maps gender differences in cardiovascular disease and diabetes care.
- Women, Neighborhoods, and Coronary Heart Disease: A Perspective Study. The objective of the project is to examine the impact of neighborhood factors on women's development of CHD.
- Neighborhoods, Behaviors, Allostatic Load, and Health. The study explores how neighborhood context affects and interacts with individual behavior and biology to determine health and disease.
- Assessing and Mapping VA Quality of Care by Gender Project
Beth Ann Griffin, Christine Eibner, Chloe E. Bird, Adria Jewell, Karen Margolis, Regina Shih, Mary Ellen Slaughter, Eric A. Whitsel, Matthew Allison. José J. Escarce., "The Relationship between Urban Sprawl and Coronary Heart Disease in Women," Health & Place, 20:51-61, 2013
Yunsheng Ma, James R. Hébert, JoAnn E. Manson, Raji Balasubramanian, Simin Liu, Michael Lamonte, Chloe E. Bird, Judith K. Ockene, Yongxia Qiao, Barbara Olendzki, Kristin L. Schneider, Milagros C. Rosal, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Marcia Stefanick, Lawrence S., "Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Incidence of Diabetes in Postmenopausal Women in the United States: The Women's Health Initiative 1993-2009.," Diabetes Care, 35(11):2226-2234, 2012
Craig E. Pollack, Mary Ellen Slaughter, Beth Ann Griffin, Tamara Dubowitz and Chloe E. Bird., "Neighborhood socioeconomic status and coronary heart disease risk prediction in a nationally representative sample.," Public Health, 126(10):827-35, 2012
Tamara Dubowitz, Madhumita Ghosh-Dastidar, Christine Eibner, Mary E. Slaughter, Meenakshi Fernandes, Eric A. Whitsel, Chloe E. Bird, Adria Jewell, Karen L. Margolis, Wenjun Li, Yvonne L. Michael, Regina A. Shih, JoAnn E. Manson and José J. Escarce, "The Women's Health Initiative: The Food Environment, Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, BMI, and Blood Pressure," Obesity, 20(4):862-71, 2012
RA Shih, B Ghosh-Dastidar, KL Margolis, ME Slaughter, A Jewell, CE Bird, C Eibner, NL Denburg, J Ockene, CR Messina, MA Espeland, "Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Cognitive Function in Women," American Journal of Public Health, 101(9):1721-8, 2011
Regina A. Shih, Beth Ann Griffin; Nicholas Salkowski, Adria Jewell, Christine Eibner, Chloe E. Bird, Duanping Liao, Mary Cushman, Helene G. Margolis, Charles B. Eaton, Eric A. Whitsel, "Ambient Particulate Matter Air Pollution and Venous Thromboembolism in the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Therapy Trials," Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(3):326, 2010
Brian Karl Finch, D. Phuong Do, Melonie Heron, Chloe E. Bird, Teresa Seeman, Nicole Lurie, "Neighborhood Effects on Health: Concentrated Advantage And Disadvantage," Health and Place, 16(5):1058-60, 2010
Chloe E. Bird, Teresa Seeman, José J. Escarce, Ricardo Basurto-Davila, Brian Finch, Tamara Dubowitz, Melonie Heron, Lauren Hale, Sharon Stein Merkin, Margaret Weden, Nicole Lurie, "Neighbourhood Socioeconomic Status and Biological 'Wear & Tear' in a Nationally Representative Sample of US Adults," Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(860-5):In Press, 2010
Honors & Awards
- 2006 & 2009 Outstanding Abstract, AcademyHealth
- 2006 Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellowship at the Bellagio Center in Italy, Rockefeller Foundation
- 1995 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: U.S. News & World Report; Ms. Magazine
Commentary: Girl with Pen; Ms. Magazine