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December 2002 (Volume 80)
Avital Bar-Shalom is a science and engineering fellow sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in Washington, D.C., where she is involved with science policy. Her interests include biodefense and genomics.
Robert Cook-Deegan is director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. A Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Investigator, he is a physician and scientist who went to Washington, D.C., to pursue a congressional fellowship and remained involved with science policy. His interests include how the innovation process works, how fairly its benefits are shared, and how policymakers cope with technological change.
Brian Elbel is a candidate for a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health policy at Yale University. He recently completed a summer fellowship on the Senate Finance Committee and plans to pursue a Ph.D. program focused on health policy. His academic focus has been on consumerism and regulation of managed care and the effects of state-level policy choices on children’s enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Sherry Glied is professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Her principal areas of interest are the financing of health care services in the United States and mental health policy. Her recent work on health care financing has focused on the evaluation of alternative options for expanding coverage to the uninsured, including the determinants of program participation and efficiency. She is also working on a project (with Richard Frank) assessing changes in the well-being of people with mental illness over the past five decades.
Joshua Graff Zivin is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health and the International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research at Columbia University in New York. He is an environmental and health economist whose work includes environmental quality management through both voluntary and legal actions as well as through environmental regulation and public health programs; innovation and adoption of medical technologies; measuring the economic value of health interventions; and contracting between physicians, patients, and insurers.
Barbara A. Israel is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her research interests include the social determinants of health; the relationship between stress, social support, and control and physical and mental health; community-based participatory research; and community-driven interventions. With initial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1995, she has worked together with community partners to develop the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, which now involves 12 funded research and intervention projects aimed at increasing knowledge and addressing factors associated with health disparities and quality of life in Detroit, Michigan.
Lora Bex Lempert is an associate professor of sociology and former director of women’s studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is also an assistant research scientist at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the past17 months, she has been a Fulbright Scholar posted to the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Her research focuses on intimate, interpersonal violence against women.
Howard Markel is the George Edward Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The author of several books, he has just completed a history of immigration and public health in the 20th century entitled When Germs Travel (Pantheon, forthcoming).
Shannon Mitchell is an associate research scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine and a research associate at the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research interests include hospital and health plan ownership, quality of care, consumer trust in health care, and organization behavior. Current research projects include a National Consumer Trust Survey of 5,000 respondents on issues pertaining to expectations and experiences with health insurance, hospital care, and physician visits.
Dahlia K. Remler is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. She is an economist whose work has focused on many areas, including how managed care techniques affect physicians; the sources and benefits of medical care cost growth, particularly technological change; whether the less healthy respond to cost-sharing differently; methods for modeling the impact of policies to expand insurance; payment methods for adopting and incentives to adopt information technology in medical care services; and the relationship between internal incentives in academia and the market for professional education services.
Mark Schlesinger is associate professor of public health at Yale University and visiting assistant research professor at Rutgers University. He is the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. His ongoing research includes studies of the impact of for-profit ownership on the quality and accessibility of medical care, the ability of American citizens to make sense of complex health policy issues, the capabilities of consumers to make informed choices about their medical care and to respond constructively to problematic events related to their care, and the role of state regulation in protecting consumers and physicians from problematic managed care practices.
Amy J. Schulz is assistant research scientist in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her current research interests focus on understanding social determinants of women’s health in urban communities, the contributions of social and environmental factors to racial and socioeconomic disparities in health, and social aspects of community and their relationship to health. In addition, she has been involved in projects concerned with the effects of colonization on the health of Native Americans, community-based approaches to research and community change, the evaluation of community partnerships for health promotion, and the role of grass-roots environmental groups in addressing issues of environmental degradation and economic development.
Alexandra Minna Stern is associate director of the Center for the History of Medicine and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include immigration and public health, with a focus on the U.S.-Mexico border; the history and implications of eugenics and human genetics; and race and medicine in the United States and Latin America. Her article “Buildings, Boundaries, and Blood: Medicalization and Nation-Building on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1910–1930,” which appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review (79:41–81), won the 2000 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Article Prize.
David R. Williams is the Harold W. Cruse Collegiate Professor of Sociology and senior research scientist at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is interested in the trends and determinants of socioeconomic and racial and ethnic variations in health. His current work focuses on the multiple ways in which racism can affect health and in the association between religious beliefs/behaviors and health.
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Volume 80, Issue 4 (pages 789–792)
Published in 2002
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The Foreignness of Germs: The Persistent Association of Immigrants and Disease in American Society
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