Chloe E. Bird

Chloe E. Bird
Adjunct Sociologist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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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 (she/her), an adjunct sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School studies women's health and determinants of sex/gender differences in health and health care. Bird has served as senior advisor in the National Institutes of Health's Office for Research on Women's Health and editor-in-chief of Women's Health Issues, where she is now associate editor.

Her current work includes a PCORI engagement award to bring together stakeholders to develop a research agenda to improve maternal health outcomes in Medi-Cal and a WHAM-commissioned study to evaluate the societal and economic impacts of increasing funding for research on women's health and health care. She is working to build a donor-funded Women's Health Research and Policy Center at RAND. 

Recent research examined the impact of over-the-counter access to emergency contraception on births. In Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choice and Social Policies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Bird and her coauthor explore how policymakers and other stakeholders shape individuals' opportunities to pursue a healthy life. They emphasize the need for research that informs stakeholders' decisions to improve women's health and reduce disparities.

Bird received the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology for her work on women's health and health care. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Health Behavior. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Editor, Women’s Health Issues

Recent Projects

  • Birth-Centered Outcomes Research Engagement (B-CORE) in Medi-Cal
  • WHAM Report!: An Economic and Social Impact Analysis of Accelerating Health Research on Women
  • Impact of Over-the-Counter Availability of Emergency Contraception on Uptake, Pregnancy and Births
  • Developing a Women's Health Research and Policy Center at RAND and a Collaboration between Magee-Women's Research Institute and the RAND Corporation
  • Gender Gap Analyses and Mapping of Four Geographic Areas

Selected Publications

CE Bird, MN Elliott, JL Adams, DJ Klein, JW Dembosky, S Gaillot, AM Fremont, AM Haviland, "How Do Gender Differences in Quality of Care Vary across Medicare Advantage Plans?" Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33(10), 2018

Chloe E Bird, Michael Manocchia, Brooke Tomblin, Peggy Payne, Mahesh Kulakodlu, Emily Iacolo, and Allen M Fremont, "Mapping the Gaps: Gender Differences in Preventive Cardiovascular Care among Managed Care Members in Four Metropolitan Areas," Women's Health Issues, 28(5), 2018

Alyson M Cavanaugh, Mitchell J Rauh, Caroline A Thompson, John Alcaraz, William M Mihalko, Chloe E Bird, Charles B Eaton, Milagros C Rosal, Wenjun Li, Aladdin H. Shadyab, Todd Gilmer, and Andrea Z. LaCroix. , "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Utilization of Total Knee Arthroplasty among Older Women," Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 27(12), 2019

Hailey R Banack, Andrew Stokes, Matthew P Fox, Kathleen M Hovey, Elizabeth M Cespedes-Feliciano, Erin LeBlanc, Chloe E Bird, Bette J Caan, Candyce H Kroenke, Matthew A Allison, Scott B Going, Linda Snetslaar, Ting-Yuan David Cheng, Rowan T Chlebowski, Mar, "Stratified Probabilistic Bias Analysis for Body Mass Index-related Exposure Misclassification in Postmenopausal Women," Epidemiology, 29(5), 2018

Priya Batra, Sally Rafie, Zhiwei Zhang, Amay V Singh, Chloe E Bird, Aparna Sridhar, Greer Sullivan, "An Evaluation of the Implementation of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraceptives in California," Obstetrics & Gynecology, 131, 2018

Michael LaMonte, Cora Lewis, David Buchner, Kelly Evenson, Eileen Rillamas-Sun Chongzhi Di, I-Min Lee, John Bellettiere, Marcia Stefanick, Charles Eaton, Barbara V Howard, Chloe Bird, Andrea LaCroix, "Both Light Intensity and Moderate-t0-Vigorous Physical Activity Measured by Accelerometry are Favorably Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Older Women: OPACH (The Objective Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health) Study," Journal of the American Heart Association, 6(10), 2017

Gloria C Chi, Anjum Hajat, Chloe E Bird, Mark R Cullen, Beth A Griffin, Kristein A Miller, Regina Shih, Marcia L Stefanie, Sverre Vedal, Eric A Whitsel, Joel D Kaufman, "Individual and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and the Association between Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease," Environmental Health Perspectives, 124, 2016

Nancy Fugate Woods, Eileen Rillamas-Sun, Barbara B Cochrane, Andrea Z LaCroix, Teresa E Seeman, Hilary A TIndle, Oleg Zaslavsky, Chloe E Bird, Karen C Johnson, JoAnne E Manson, Judith Ockene, Rebecca A Seguin, Robert B Wallace, "Aging Well: Observations from the Women's Health Initiative Study," Journal of Gerontology A: Biological Sciences Medical Sciences, 71(Supple 1), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Career Award in the Practice of Sociology, American Sociological Association
  • Elected Member, Women of Impact for Healthcare.
  • 2015 Leadership Award, California Department of Managed Health Care “for improving women’s cardiovascular outcomes and reducing gender disparities”, California Department of Managed Health Care

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: The Atlantic; Ms. Magazine; MPR News; Oberlin News-Tribune; U.S. News & World Report

Commentary: Girl with Pen; Ms. Magazine; Sister to Sister; Women's Health Issues