Jeanne S. Ringel

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Director, Access and Delivery Program; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park; M.A. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park

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Jeanne S. Ringel is director of the Access and Delivery Program, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Southern California.

Ringel has over 15 years of experience leading contract research teams on a range of public health and health care topics. She is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and has extensive experience engaging diverse stakeholders. Throughout her career she has provided research, evaluation, strategic planning and technical expertise on numerous topics. On the topic of health care financing and delivery, Ringel recently co-led a project assessing whether the VA healthcare system has the resources and capabilities to provide timely and accessible care to veterans. She co-led a series of projects funded by the VA that modeled differences in treatment costs between the VA's regional networks in an effort to improve the VA's budget allocation methods. The VA adopted the team’s recommendations and updated the method used to risk adjust the regional payments. She has been involved in RAND’s COMPARE initiative. She contributed to the development of the microsimulation model to assess the effect of health reform legislation on insurance coverage and costs. She is currently working on a project to improve timely access reportingin California. Ringel has won several research and teaching awards and has published over 50 peer reviewed publications on a wide range of topics. Ringel earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • Improving Timely Access to Care Reporting In California
  • Improving Outcomes for Children in the Child Welfare System
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Interventions to Reduce Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths
  • Developing a National Adult Immunization Plan
  • Supporting the Development of the National Health Security Strategy

Selected Publications

Ringel J., Adelson M., Harris K.M., Khodyakov D., Lurie N., Improving the Impact and Effectiveness of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, RAND (TR-752-NVPO), 2009

Ringel J.S., Wasserman J. "The Public Health System in the Wake of 9/11: Progress Made and Challenges Remaining," in Brian Michael Jenkins and John Paul Godges, The Long Shadow of 9/11 America’s Response to Terrorism, RAND Corporation (MG-1107), 2011

Ringel J., Chandra A., Williams M.V., et al., Enhancing Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Populations: A Toolkit for State and Local Planning and Response, RAND (TR-681-DHHS), 2009

Ecola L., Batorsky B., Ringel JS., Using Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Prioritize Spending on Traffic Safety, RAND (RR-1224), 2015

Kilburn R., Ringel J.S., Nolind R., Coombe A., Smith A., "Emergency Planning Guide for Child-Serving Organizations," Promising Practices Network (, 2011

DeRose K., Gresenz C., Ringel J.S., "Understanding Disparities In Health Care Access—And Reducing Them—Through A Focus On Public Health," Health Affairs, 30(10), 2011

Ringel J.S., Eibner C., Girosi F., Cordova A., McGlynn E., "Modeling Health Care Policy Alternatives," Health Services Research, 45(5), 2010

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Cleveland Plain Dealer; Health & Medicine Week


  • Emergency responders helping at a traffic accident

    A New Tool to Assess the Costs and Effectiveness of Traffic Crash Interventions

    Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S. An online tool can help policymakers understand the available evidence-based interventions that can help prevent crash injuries and deaths, what they will cost, and how effective they will be in their state.

    Apr 4, 2016 ITE Journal

  • Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California

    The Disneyland Measles Outbreak: 'Anti-Vaxxers' Aren't the Only Issue

    The recent measles outbreak that began in Disneyland is the latest reminder that Americans have ceded ground in the fight against the potentially deadly disease. So-called 'anti-vaxxer' parents have received a lot of attention following the outbreak, but they may comprise less of the population than you think.

    Mar 17, 2015 The Press-Enterprise

  • Two girls blowing their noses

    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

    Aug 25, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Medical staff put on protective gear before taking a sample from a suspected Ebola patient in Kenema, Sierra Leone, July 10, 2014

    Six Takeaways from the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    No amount of research can save those who've already perished from Ebola in West Africa, but our capacity to learn from such tragedies is a silver lining that has historically enhanced global resilience to disease. With that in mind, here are six key lessons from the outbreak.

    Aug 8, 2014 The RAND Blog