Chloe E. Bird

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Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in sociology, Oberlin College

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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 Positions

Editor-in-Chief, Women's Health Issues

Recent Projects

  • 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

Selected Publications

Yunsheng Ma, James R. Hébert, Raji Balasubramanian, Nicole Wedick, Barbara V. Howard, Milagros C. Rosal, Simin Liu, Chloe E. Bird, Judith K. Ockene, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Lawrence S. Phillips, Michael Lamonte, Kristin L. Schneider, Barbara C. Olendzki,, "All-cause, Cardiovascular, and Cancer Mortality in Postmenopausal White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian Women with Diabetes: The Women's Health Initiative 1993-2009," American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(10):1533-1541, 2013

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

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


  • mother, daughter, granddaughter

    Assessing and Addressing Women's Health and Health Care

    Women make up a majority of the U.S. population. Yet research policies and practices often treat women's health and health care as special topics or minority issues. The resulting knowledge gaps hamstring efforts to improve women's health care and outcomes even for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women.

    Mar 28, 2014 | The RAND Blog

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    Caring for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Why Gender Matters

    High-quality routine care for both cardiovascular disease and diabetes is at least as relevant to women's health and survival as it is to men's. Yet evidence suggests that women continue to face gaps in even low-cost, routine aspects of care.

    Feb 27, 2014 | Girl with Pen, Bedside Manners blog

  • College students pass out free condoms at a health fair

    Can Catholic Colleges Block Free Condom Distribution?

    If this issue were to be decided on the basis of public health benefits, the outcome would be clear: Condoms indisputably prevent both unintended pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections, writes Chloe Bird.

    Apr 23, 2013 | Ms. Magazine

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    Making Heart Disease a Women's Issue

    When it comes to women's health, cancer gets a good deal of the attention; somehow, it hasn’t fully registered that so many of our mothers, sisters, friends and daughters are being affected by another, often silent killer, writes Chloe E. Bird.

    Mar 22, 2013 | Ms. Magazine

  • birth control pills

    California Improves on Affordable Care Act by Letting RNs Dispense Birth Control

    As we look for ways to provide efficient, high-quality and cost-effective healthcare to more Americans, states may study California as a potential model for how to do more to deliver on what the Affordable Care Act has to offer women, while saving money at the same time, writes Chloe Bird.

    Oct 9, 2012 | Ms. Magazine

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    Can Improving the Options Improve Our Choices and Outcomes?

    Much of the talk has focused on how New York City's ban on sugary drinks, intended to curb obesity by improving dietary choices for consumers, will restrict individuals’ options. Of course, even after the ban, consumers can still buy a second soda. But they might want to take a moment to think about the consequences before doing so, writes Chloe Bird.

    Sep 18, 2012 |

  • woman with doctor

    Supporting Comprehensive Health Care for Women Makes Dollars, and Sense

    As we look for ways to provide efficient, high-quality, and cost-effective health care to more Americans, we can't afford to ignore women's health issues, including reproductive health care and the cost savings that contraceptive access provides, writes Chloe Bird.

    Sep 5, 2012 |

  • Bedside Manners: Obesity Is Not All Your Fault

    We will be more successful at stemming the growing tide of obesity and improving our own health if everyone accepts their share of responsibility for the obesity epidemic, write Chloe E. Bird and Tamara Dubowitz.

    Jul 26, 2012 | Girl with Pen

  • Celebrating Birth Control on Mother's Day? Not as Counterintuitive as It Sounds

    Reliable birth control contributed to economic development by reducing women's risk of dropping out of school associated with early childbearing and high fertility rates, contributing in turn to increases in women's labor force participation, the continuity of their careers, and the standard of living of women, children and families, writes Chloe Bird.

    May 11, 2012 | Ms. Magazine