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Sebastian Bauhoff, PhD, is an economist at the RAND Corporation, working on topics in health policy. He holds a doctoral degree in health policy (economics) from Harvard University.
Jesse Blue Glass Begenyi, MSW, works as an outreach clinician at Community Services Institute and previously worked as the director of community advocacy at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Begenyi continues to coordinate the Massachusetts Transgender Suicide Prevention Working Group and is producing a feature-length documentary about partner abuse in transgender and LGBTQ communities. Begenyi holds an MSW from the Simmons School of Social Work and a BA in visual and media arts with a specialization in documentary video production from Emerson College.
Matthew Boger leads state relations for the New England Organ Bank, the federally designated organ procurement organization for the New England region.
Rachel M. Burns, MPH, is a project associate at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh. Her work covers a range of topics but currently focuses on drug policy, mental health epidemiology, military health, and patient safety. She has training in epidemiology and experience in quantitative data collection, analysis, and statistical programming.
Sean Cahill, PhD, is director of health policy research at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. He is also director of policy and curriculum at the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, a training and technical assistance center for AIDS service organizations. Cahill serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth and the Massachusetts LGBT Aging Commission. He is the author of 3 books and dozens of articles, chapters, and monographs on LGBTQ and HIV issues. He teaches courses on LGBTQ public policy and global HIV policy at several universities. Cahill’s policy research focuses on strategies to reduce LGBTQ health disparities through data collection, competency training, nondiscrimination protections, and resiliency promotion. He also leads a policy analysis project on prisons and juvenile justice.
Julia Coffey-Esquivel, MPH, is a project manager on the epidemiology team at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. Coffey-Esquivel holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Andrew W. Dick, PhD, is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. He is a health economist and applied econometrician who focuses on comparative effectiveness, outcomes research, and methods for making causal inference.
Emilia E. Dunham is project manager at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health of the life skills project, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women, and of the Project VOICE transgender health and discrimination study. She has coauthored 3 LGBTQ health publications and has led 4 LGBTQ policy reports. Dunham is currently in her last year of a dual MPP and MBA program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dunham is also a consultant, speaker, and trainer on LGBTQ issues, particularly LGBTQ youth and transgender issues.
Aaron Fleishman earned his BA in psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has worked at the Transplant Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston since 2011 where he has coordinated federally funded grants under Dr. James Rodrigue. He has coauthored several peer-reviewed articles on organ transplantation and donation.
Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, is associate professor of medicine, associate professor of clinical and translational science, and advisory dean at the University of Pittsburgh. Gordon is board-certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine with a track record of conducting research on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations (eg, persons with opioid use disorders, persons who are homeless, and persons with hazardous alcohol use and other addiction disorders). He is a prior VA Health Services and Research Development Career Awardee, and his current research foci include investigating the implementation of evidence-based identification of and care for patients with addiction disorders within primary care, primary care medical homes, and other non-specialty clinical environments.
Katherine J. Heflin received her MS in health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health while she was working at the Fenway Institute. Before conducting LGBTQ health research as an intern at the Fenway Institute, Heflin worked with domestic violence survivors and low-income people in need of legal assistance and access to the courts. Heflin currently works at the nonprofit Center for Health Care Strategies where she focuses on Medicaid state innovation models and delivery system reform incentive payment programs for low-income access to health care.
Rudolf Klein, CBE, is a guest op-ed contributor for this issue of The Milbank Quarterly. After graduating from Oxford University, Klein spent the first half of his career as a journalist with the London Evening Standard and The Observer. From 1978 to 1998 he was professor of social policy at Bath University, now emeritus. He is a senior fellow of the British Academy, a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine. Apart from The New Politics of the NHS (Radcliffe Medical Press Ltd, 2013), he has written books about accountability, consumer representation, and performance monitoring, as well as many articles about various aspects of public policy. In 2012, he published jointly with Ted Marmor Politics, Health & Health Care: Selected Essays(Yale University Press).
Keren Ladin, PhD, MSc, is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University Medical School. She is also the director of research on ethics, aging, and community health at Tufts University. Ladin received her PhD in health policy from Harvard University and her MSc in population and international health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and normative approaches to better understand the impact of social networks and social support on health care decision making and resilience in major life transitions, particularly among vulnerable populations. Her research has addressed health disparities in transplantation, mental health treatment, aging, and immigrant health. Ladin has conducted research in a number of national and international health care settings, and is a past a member of the Ethics Committee for the United Network of Organ Sharing.
Douglas L. Leslie, PhD, is a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he serves as chief of the Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research and as director of the Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics. He received his PhD in economics from Yale University in 1998 and currently does research in health economics and health services research.
Todd W. Mandell, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. He has 25 years of experience in the treatment of people with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Suzy Maves McElrath is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on crime, law, gender, and human rights. Her recent work has appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.
Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, PhD, is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, serving as director of RAND’s BING Center for Health Economics and as co-director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center. Pacula is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a professor in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is vice president of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, assistant editor of the international journal Addiction, and on the editorial board of the International Journal for Drug Policy, and has served on several National Institutes of Health scientific review committees, currently serving on the Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section. Pacula received her PhD in economics from Duke University in 1995.
Maria Portela, MD, MPH, is the chief of the Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch at the Bureau of Health Workforce within the Division of Medicine and Dentistry at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Previously, she was a full-time clinician and an academic appointee at Harvard Medical School in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In 2013 Martinez was awarded the Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.
Sari L. Reisner, ScD, is a research scientist at the Fenway Institute at Fenway Health and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is trained as a social epidemiologist, and his research centers on health disparities and inequities in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations, with a focus on local, national, and global transgender and gender-nonconforming health. He uses a participatory population perspective to conduct research, working “with” not “on” communities.
James R. Rodrigue completed his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Memphis. He served on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1989 to 2005 until his recruitment to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) / Harvard Medical School in 2005. He is professor in the Harvard Medical School and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Surgery at BIDMC. He is director of the BIDMC Transplant Institute’s Center for Transplant Outcomes and Quality Improvement. He has been principal investigator or coinvestigator on over 30 research grants and has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles, 4 books, and numerous book chapters in the fields of organ transplantation and donation. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the behavioral health aspects of transplantation, living and deceased donation, and disparities in transplantation and donation. He is associate editor of Clinical Transplantation, on the editorial boards of Transplantation, Progress in Transplantation , and the Journal of Surgery and Transplantation Science, and a member of the Behavioral Medicine Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.
Jason Schnittker, PhD, is professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. His work centers on the social, cultural, and institutional determinants of health and well-being. He is an affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah K.S. Shannon, PhD, MSW, is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Georgia. She holds a PhD in sociology and an MSW, both from the University of Minnesota. Shannon studies crime, law, and deviance, especially the intersections between crime, punishment, and public welfare programs. Her research investigates how social institutions like the criminal justice and public welfare systems affect social inequality.
Benjamin D. Sommers, MD, PhD, is assistant professor of health policy and economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and assistant professor of medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a health economist and primary care physician whose main research interests are health policy for vulnerable populations, the uninsured, and the health care safety net. In 2011-2012, he served as a senior advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the US Department of Health and Human Services. His current research projects focus on barriers to health care access among low-income adults, Medicaid policy, and national health reform.
Mark J. Sorbero is a senior project associate at the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh. He has over 20 years of experience in health care research, informatics, and consulting and is experienced in conducting research using both primary and secondary data. His research focuses on using secondary data sources to answer questions about health care access, quality, and cost, including the evaluation of programs that focus on these issues. He has expertise in analyzing a broad array of large administrative and quality measure datasets, including Medicare (MedPAR, Inpatient, Outpatient, Carrier, SNF), Medicaid MAX, private insurer claims and encounter data, MDS, CART, OSCAR, HEDIS, and CAHPS. He has conducted expert interviews with a variety of clinicians and health care administrators and developed surveys on a wide range of topics. He earned an MS in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.
Bradley D. Stein, MD, PhD, is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Stein is a practicing psychiatrist and health services and policy researcher, and his research focuses on understanding and improving care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. He has served on the editorial boards of Psychiatric Services and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as on several National Institutes of Health scientific review committees, currently serving on the Mental Health Services Research Committee. Stein received his MD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh and his PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Christopher Uggen is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance. His research has appeared in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, and Law & Society Review, and has been featured in major media outlets, including the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR.
Rui Wang will be graduating from Harvard Medical School in 2015. She obtained a BA in economics in 2011 from Harvard College and has been involved in health care research with particular interests in social determinants of health, health outcomes, and quality improvement. She will be pursuing graduate medical training in obstetrics and gynecology.
Jaclyn M. White Hughto, MPH, is a research analyst at the Fenway Institute (TFI) at Fenway Health in Boston. She is currently completing her doctorate in chronic disease epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Prior to attending Yale, White Hughto was the coinvestigator of a statewide needs assessment of transgender adults in Massachusetts and the epidemiology projects manager at TFI. She earned her MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University. White Hughto has coauthored 18 publications and a book chapter on antiretroviral medication adherence issues among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS epidemiology and prevention, substance abuse, LGBT health, and mental health.
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Volume 93, Issue 3 (pages 642–649) DOI: 10.1111/1468-0009.12140 Published in 2015
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