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.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

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, Laura J., Jeanne S. Ringel, Malcolm V. Williams, Ashley M. Kranz, Lilian Perez, Lucy B. Schulson, Allyson D. Gittens, Brian Phillips, Lawrence Baker, Priya Gandhi, Khadesia Howell, Rebecca L. Wolfe, and Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle, The U.S. Equity-First Vaccination Initiative: Early Insights, RAND Corporation (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, Raffaele, Aaron Strong, Jennifer Bouey, Jonathan W. Welburn, Pedro Nascimento de Lima, Lawrence Baker, Keren Zhu, Michelle Priest, Lynn Hu, and Jeanne S. Ringel, The Health and Economic Impacts of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Address COVID-19: A Decision Support Tool for State and Local Policymakers, RAND Corporation (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