Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Manisha Agrawal, Research Analyst
Manisha Agrawal (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Research Analyst at the Center, where she provides research and project management support for the Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education National Program Office, evaluation of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health community grants, and ShapingNJ obesity projects. She has been providing assistance at the Center on a number of research projects including, Comparative Effectiveness of Prehospital and Hospital Emergency Care, Expecting Success in Cardiac Care, New Jersey Hospital Quality Initiative, Economics of Nursing Conference and Use of Technology in CHF. She provided research support for Business Case for Transforming Care at the Bedside project and also worked as a clinical research associate for the UMDNJ Heart Failure Program. She received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree from India and an M.P.H. in Health Systems and Policy from the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
Susan Brownlee, Senior Research Manager
Susan Brownlee (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is a Senior Research Manager at the Center for State Health Policy. Dr. Brownlee coordinates survey design and data collection efforts at the Center and conducts statistical analyses of this data. She is the current PI for an evaluation of NJ’s implementation of health information technology and provides research support such as survey design, project management, statistical analysis, and publication and dissemination for a number of current and recent CSHP projects centering around Access and Coverage, Health Workforce, and Population Health, including the New Jersey Family Health Survey, the National Survey of Nursing Faculty, the SPUH/RWJUH Community Health Needs Assessment, the Impact of Environmental Changes on Children’s BMI and Behaviors: A Panel Study, the New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study, the New Jersey Health Care Reform Opinion Poll (PI), the New Jersey Safe Kids Evaluation (PI), the Evaluation of the Availability of Physician Services in New Jersey (PI), and an evaluation of the Medicaid managed care enrollment experiences of developmentally disabled NJ residents (Co-PI). She has also mentored numerous interns in Project L/EARN, an undergraduate research training program for students under-represented in health research. Previously, Dr. Brownlee was an Assistant Research Professor in health psychology and project manager of a 10-year longitudinal study of emotional factors in the health of older adults at the Rutgers Center for Research on Health and Behavior (Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, & Aging Research).
Sujoy Chakravarty, Assistant Research Professor
Sujoy Chakravarty (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) is an Assistant Research Professor and Health Economist at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy with primary emphasis on health economics and policy. His research examines the impact of state and federal policies relating to healthcare delivery and financing on patient access, efficiency and quality of care. He also studies hospital markets, focusing on the impact of changes in market structure, competition policy and ownership mix on provider behavior and patient care. His recent research includes identifying hospital utilization patterns that indicate gaps in patient care and how such findings may inform the implementation of the New Jersey Medicaid ACO Demonstration program; examining the effect of Medicare Part D prescription drug policy on coverage and access with focus on racial disparities in access; and assessing and evaluating care management initiatives for patients with complex conditions who have high hospital utilization. He is also leading the evaluation of the ongoing New Jersey Comprehensive Waiver Demonstration that introduces significant changes in delivery of behavioral health services, long-term services and supports, and hospital payment structure aimed at improving patient care and population health.
Jolene Chou, Senior Research Analyst
Jolene Chou (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center. Currently, she is part of the Center’s team leading a 3-year initiative to facilitate the adaptation of an innovative high-utilizer care management model in four cities across the U.S. This initiative is supported by the Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Jolene focuses on providing data-related technical assistance to clinical partners. Jolene also supports the data analysis and dissemination of the results from the National Survey of Nurse Faculty, which explores nurse faculty’s job characteristics, workload, and attitudes toward work-life. Additionally, she is a member of the Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education National Program Office, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support evaluations of interventions to address nurse faculty shortage and expand teaching capacity. Previously, Jolene has contributed to the Center’s health reform research portfolio, and assisted in the RWJF-funded Childhood Obesity Study. Prior to joining the Center, Jolene was the senior research associate at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City, where she provided technical assistance to program and clinical staff on designing evaluation projects and analyzing data, and participated in community-based research projects in collaboration with academic researchers.
Derek DeLia, Research Professor & Senior Health Economist
Derek DeLia (Ph.D., Cornell University) is a Research Professor & Senior Health Economist at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He also teaches Health Economics and Econometrics in the Rutgers Economics Department. His research focuses on the economics of hospitals and health centers; emergency medical care; shared savings arrangements; performance measurement in accountable care organizations (ACO’s); health insurance coverage; and healthcare access. Dr. DeLia’s research is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, Annals of Emergency Medicine, and Health Services Research. He currently serves on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Systems & Value Research (HSVR) Study Section and has served on other scientific review committees for AHRQ, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. DeLia has presented research and provided policy analysis for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and the National ACO Summit as well as the NJ Department of Health (DOH) and the Medicaid Office in the NJ Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS). In 2009, Dr. DeLia led the organization of a national research conference on the integration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with broader health services research and health policy. He also served on the NJ Healthcare Access Study Commission and a Subcommittee of the Governor's Commission on Rationalizing Health Care Resources. In 2007, he served on a project for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the Nation’s Report Card) to create standardized tests for high school economics. Dr. DeLia has provided expert commentary on healthcare issues for NJN Public Television, National Public Radio, and several other media outlets including Modern Healthcare, NJ101.5 and the Newark Star Ledger. Previously, Dr. DeLia held a research position at the United Hospital Fund of New York and taught Health Economics and Statistics at Columbia University, New York University, and the City University of New York.
Jennifer Farnham, Senior Research Analyst
Jennifer Farnham (M.S., University of Wisconsin) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University. She is currently analyzing health care delivery systems reforms and investigating the prevalence and treatment of chronic conditions in population health data. Her past work has involved assisting government and nonprofit clients with strategic planning and program evaluation to address population health needs. She worked with several states to help them design and implement community-based long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities, including the evaluation of a pilot program where nurses taught home care aides to perform health maintenance tasks. She utilizes qualitative methods such as interviewing, observation and the design and analysis of open-ended survey questions as well as quantitative methods such as the design and/or analysis of large-scale surveys. Prior to her experience at the Center, Ms. Farnham conducted interviews and provided analysis for a research project investigating lawyers’ collaborations with social workers, doctors and community advocates to improve services provided to low and moderate income people. She also designed and analyzed focus groups and surveys for a project investigating economic strategies of households in nonmetropolitan areas.
David Goldin, Research Analyst
David Goldin (M.A., Economics - Northeastern University) is a Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy. His current focus is on the quantitative analysis of State of New Jersey Medicaid claims data for various CSHP research projects. In the past, he has been involved in research support for a variety of projects including behavioral health carve outs and their effects on mental health and substance abuse treatment, risk transfer, accountability and performance standards in managed care organizations, children’s welfare (focusing on the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being), drug and alcohol abuse treatment, and several Medicare-related projects.
Michelle Kennedy, Research Analyst
Michelle Kennedy (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Research Analyst working on a five-year childhood obesity project, the Impact of Environmental Changes on Children’s BMI and Behavior: A Panel Study. The prospective study will follow a panel of 1100 children in five cities with predominantly low-income populations in NJ. Her primary role will involve developing and implementing a protocol for documenting changes in the food and physical activity environments of these children. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for the UMDNJ-School of Public Health as Fieldwork Coordinator and oversaw the required practicum portion of the Master of Public Health degree. Other experience includes community health education, Institutional Review Board (IRB) administration and research support for Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She received her B.A. in Geography and Economics from Towson University, Towson, MD and M.P.H. in Health Education/Behavioral Science from the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
Kristen Lloyd, Senior Research Analyst
Kristen Lloyd (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy where she provides data management, statistical analysis, and quantitative support for various projects. Her current focus is on monitoring and evaluating health system performance improvements in NJ’s Medicaid program through the Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver and Medicaid ACO Demonstration projects. Her research interests include the investigation of factors that impact access to medical and dental care, particularly disparities in access by immigration status, race/ethnicity, and insurance coverage. She also investigates environmental determinants of childhood obesity among urban youth. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for the UMDNJ School of Public Health as a Project Coordinator for a retrospective cohort study investigating racial disparities in breast cancer treatment. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) and a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Georgian Court University.
Oliver Lontok, Research Analyst
Oliver Lontok, M.D., M.P.H., is a Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy. His current focus is in providing project management and research support to the CSHP’s portfolios: Access and Coverage and Health Systems Performance Improvement. Prior to joining the CSHP, he worked with the Cancer Institute of NJ and the Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine studying the role of alternative medicine among cancer patients. Additionally, Oliver was a National Research Service Award Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where, among other responsibilities, he worked with provider groups participating in the SCOPE project, studying colorectal cancer screening rates in New Jersey. In December 2012, Oliver was elected to the executive board of the New Jersey Public Health Association.
He is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
Jose Nova, Senior Database Manager
Jose Nova (M.S., Biomedical Informatics; B.S., Economics - Rutgers University) is a Senior Database Manager at the Center for State Health Policy. His interest include health care quality, health systems performance and improvement. He currently provides data management, statistical analysis, documentation and support for a number of ongoing projects including creating a data infrastructure for Medicaid claims and encounter data which is utilized for a number of related projects. Jose was key in building a database for comparative effectiveness research that bridges prehospital and hospital care using electronic patient care records for prehospital EMS transports in New Jersey. His other contributions include data aggregation and analysis of a number of health assessment surveys, hospital uniform billing data, NJ State Physician Census, NJ HMO Report Cards, as well as general and technical support. Jose joined CSHP in 2004 as a Project Research Assistant, preparing datasets and conducting descriptive statistical analysis. Prior to joining CSHP, Jose was an Assistant Lab Supervisor for Rutgers University Computing Services. He is a graduate of Project L/EARN, a competitive research training program of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University.
John Palatucci, Health Policy Fellow
John Palatucci (M.P.A., Rutgers University- Newark SPAA) is a Health Policy Fellow at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. In August of 2016, he completed his M.P.A. from Rutgers University- Newark with a capstone project that explored the connection between state government mental health expenditures and juvenile violent crime rates. While at Rutgers, he served as a Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics where he studied military and veteran affairs. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from American University, and his academic interests include health economics and organizational management.
Bram Poquette, Editorial/Media Specialist
Bram Poquette (M.L.I.S., Rutgers University) is an Editorial/Media Specialist at the Center for State Health Policy, where he oversees the Center's information resources, publications, and Web presence, as well as aiding in grant management. Prior to joining CSHP, Mr. Poquette worked at Brown University's Center for Gerontology & Health Care Research in a similar capacity, providing support in areas such as hospice and nursing home care. His additional interests include the process of research (mainly information seeking and utilization); the correlation between cognitive development and the construction of electronic resource search statements; and the evolution of, and relationship between, print and electronic media.