Health Disparities

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Population-specific differences in access to quality health care, whether caused by gender, race, geography, environment, or other factors, can affect individual and community health. RAND research aims to understand the causes of—and thereby reduce disparities in—health outcomes, access, and care at the individual, community, and international levels.

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    Jacob W. Dembosky

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education B.A. in political science, Penn State University; M.P.M. in public policy and public management, University of Maryland; Ph.D. in administration and leadership studies (nonprofit and public sectors), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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    Kathryn Pitkin Derose

    Adjunct Policy Researcher; Professor of Health Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in health services, University of California, Los Angeles; M.P.H. in population and family health, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in comparative area studies-latin america, Duke University

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    Tamara Dubowitz

    Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Sc.D. in public health nutrition/social epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; S.M. in maternal and child health, Harvard School of Public Health; M.Sc. in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

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    Erin Lindsey Duffy

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.H. in biostatistics and epidemiology, Boston University; B.A., Wellesley College

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    Marc N. Elliott

    Distinguished Chair in Statistics; Senior Principal Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in statistics, Rice University; M.A. in statistics, Rice University; B.A. in statistics, Rice University; B.A. in psychology, Rice University

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    Allyson D. Gittens

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.H.S. in social factors in health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in sociology, Dartmouth College

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    Heather Gomez-Bendaña

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health promotion and disease prevention, Florida International University; B.S. in biological sciences, Florida State University

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    Cynthia Gonzalez

    Director, Community-Partnered Policy and Action; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies; M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics, USC Keck School of Medicine; B.A. in Chicana/o studies and public health, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Jennifer Hawes-Dawson

    Senior Survey Director, RAND Survey Research Group
    Education B.A. in sociology, Goucher College

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    Joachim O. Hero

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; M.P.H. in health policy, Yale University; B.A. in political science, University of Michigan

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    Stephanie Brooks Holliday

    Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Drexel University; M.S. in psychology, Drexel University; B.S. in psychology, Duke University

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    Marcela Horvitz-Lennon

    Senior Physician Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.D. in medicine with intern, Pontifical Catholic University; M.P.H. in public health, Johns Hopkins University

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    Khadesia Howell

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy and management, Florida A&M University; B.A. in Hispanic studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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    David J. Klein

    Statistical Analyst
    Education M.S. in biometry, University of Southern California; B.S. in statistical science, University of California, Santa Barbara

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    Marielena Lara

    Senior Physician Policy Researcher
    Education M.D. in pediatrics, Harvard Medical School/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; M.P.H. in health services management and policy, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Rebecca Ann Lawrence

    Research Assistant
    Education BA in brain & cognitive sciences, public health, University of Rochester

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    Nipher Malika

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education PhD in social policy & social research, Loma Linda University; MPH in research epidemiology, Loma Linda University; BS in biology, Northwest Nazarene University

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    Zuzanna Marciniak-Nuqui

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in social anthropology, University of Cambridge; M.A. in social sciences, The University of Chicago; B.Soc.Sc. in social anthropology, The University of Manchester

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    Laurie T. Martin

    Senior Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Sc.D. in maternal and child health, Harvard School of Public Health; M.P.H. in epidemiology, Boston University

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    Steven C. Martino

    Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, Boston College