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, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Ringel has 20 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 health topics. Ringel recently worked on a project to develop a predictive model that can be used to identify patients at risk for hospitalization and match them with an appropriate intervention. She also 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 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 used the results to update the method used to risk adjust the regional payments. She contributed to the development of the COMPARE microsimulation model to assess the effect of health reform legislation on insurance coverage and costs. She supported DHHS in strategic planning efforts around national health security and vaccination. Ringel has won several research and teaching awards and has published over 50 peer reviewed publications on a wide range of topics. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Recent Projects

  • Catalyzing COVID-19 equitable vaccination
  • Supporting the Development of the 2020 National Vaccine Plan
  • Improving Timely Access to Care Reporting In California
  • Improving Outcomes for Children in the Child Welfare System
  • Supporting the Development of the National Health Security Strategy

Selected Publications

Faherty LJ, Ringel JS, Williams MV, et al. , The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative: Early Insights, RAND (RR-A1627-1), 2022

Nascimento de Lima P, Lempert RJ, Vardavas R, Baker L, Ringel JS, Rutter CM, Ozik J, Collier N. , "Reopening California: Seeking Robust, Non-Dominated, COVID-19 Exit Strategies," PLoS ONE, 16(10), 2021

Vardavas R, Strong A, Bouey J, Welburn JW, Nascimento de Lima P, Baker L, Zhu K, Priest M, Hu L, Ringel JS, The Health and Economic Impacts of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Address COVID-19: A Decision Support Tool for State and Local Policymakers, RAND (TL-A173-1), 2020

Gellin B, Shen AK, Fish R, Zettle M, Uscher-Pines L, Ringel JS. , "The National Adult Immunization Plan: Strengthening Adult Immunization through Coordinated Action. ," The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(6), 2016

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

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

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


  • A healthcare worker holds syringes with COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center, in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Will the United States Declare Freedom from COVID-19 Too Soon?

    RAND analyzed what could happen with COVID-19 deaths in the United States if restrictions all go away on July 4. Fully reopening the economy before Biden's vaccination target was met doubled the average number of COVID-19 deaths between Independence Day and the end of the year.

    May 21, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • People have lunch at a restaurant that reopened with plastic barriers and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand, May 8, 2020, photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

    Modeling the Future of COVID-19: Q&A with RAND Experts

    The phrase “flatten the curve” familiarized Americans with epidemiological models used to estimate virus transmission, cases, and potential deaths from COVID-19. But new models are needed as the country enters a different stage of the crisis.

    May 26, 2020

  • Crowds gather at Buffalo Bayou Park as social distancing guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 are relaxed in Houston, Texas, May 4, 2020, photo by Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters

    Relaxing COVID-19 Restrictions Presents Stark Health and Economic Choices

    RAND's new COVID-19 interventions impact tool uses epidemiological and economic models and continually refreshed data to estimate what could happen as restrictions are eased. The tool won't make the choices confronting state leaders less painful. But it can provide clear, evidence-based estimates of the health and economic trade-offs.

    May 18, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • 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