HPA Research

The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Division consistently contributes to the public health dialogue; serving as advisors to, or principal investigators on projects that serve population health locally, nationally, and globally. The relevant and high quality research conducted by our faculty reflects its diverse background. Major research areas include: the AIDS epidemic in developing countries; health disparities among underserved and minority populations in Chicago; the impact of health insurance provision; and policies to address the obesity epidemic.

Featured Faculty Research

Lindsey Leininger, PhD, HPA Associate Professor, MA, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health & Society Scholars program alumna and recipient of the RWJF SHARE grant, is concentrating her work on the healthcare safety net for low-income children and their families. She began studying Wisconsin’s health care system as a Health & Society Scholar from 2008 to 2010. Under the SHARE program, she will help Wisconsin officials establish a new risk assessment tool designed to facilitate effective targeting and use self-reported health measures from Wisconsin Medicaid applicants to predict future health care utilization and costs, allowing the state to better target and design its program.

By 2014, nearly one million Illinoisans will become eligible for new health care coverage. In-Person Counselors will be critical to the success of both the education/outreach and enrollment efforts as Illinois works to deliver on the ACA’s promise to ensure secure, stable, and affordable health coverage for all Americans. Beth Calhoun, PhD HPA Professor and Co-Director, UIC Cancer Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities, (PI) and Jon Dopkeen, HPA Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Employee Health Studies (Co-Investigator) are developing curriculum to train navigators and in-person counselors to assist Illinois residents in enrolling in new coverage options and affordability programs made available through the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Dr. Dopkeen has been Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a principal in several national actuarial human resource and health policy consulting firms, and a Government Practice Leader in Chicago. His innovative, data-driven consulting on governmental and corporate programs has impacted operational and financial decisions on health services, retiree medical policy, program management, and other human resource issues.

Clinical Research Methods program director, Elizabeth Calhoun, Principal Investigator of two NIH funded disparity grants, continues her work to implement and assess the effects of a patient navigation program to improve access to timely and appropriate preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services for breast cancer care among medically underserved women in Chicago and assess the role of government-supported community health centers on breast cancer diagnosis in Chicago. To read the abstract and link to more information about this grant go here.


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