Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Jeffrey Brenner, Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, M.D., is a family physician that has worked in Camden, NJ for the past fifteen years. Dr. Brenner owned and operated a solo-practice, urban family medicine office that provided full-spectrum family health services to a largely Hispanic, Medicaid population including delivering babies, caring for children and adults, and doing home visits. Recognizing the need for a new way for hospitals, providers, and community residents to collaborate he founded and has served as the Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers since 2003. Through the Camden Coalition, local stakeholders are working to build an integrated, health delivery model to provide better care for Camden City residents. Dr. Brenner’s work was profiled by the writer and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande in an article in The New Yorker entitled “The Hot Spotters” (1/24/11) and in an episode of PBS Frontline (7/27/11). In 2013 he received a MacArthur award. Dr. Brenner is also the Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute, a dedicated business unit built at the Cooper Health System focused on improving care of the underserved. Using modern business techniques they are redesigning long-standing clinical care models to deliver better care at lower cost.
Stephen Crystal, Research Professor
Stephen Crystal (Ph.D., Harvard University) is the Associate Director for Research at the Center for State Health Policy and is also a research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, where he chairs the Division on Aging and its AIDS Research Group. At the CSHP, Dr. Crystal provides scientific leadership for health services research and data development activities. He has worked extensively in both academic and nonacademic settings and has addressed a range of key issues in state and local health policy. His research and publications in the aging area include work on economic well-being of the elderly; long-term care of older people; insurance status and the impact of out-of-pocket health care costs; and Medicare policy. He has served as Visiting Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy and as Chief of the Division of Health Care Sciences at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he held a variety of senior positions in health services delivery in New York City government and created and headed the Center for Human Services Research and Development, a center which conducted state-of-the-art services delivery studies on home care and adult protective services.
Peter Guarnaccia, Professor and Investigator
Peter Guarnaccia (Ph.D., Connecticut) is a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Cook College and Investigator at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. His research interests include cross-cultural patterns of psychiatric disorders, cultural competence in mental health organizations, and processes of cultural and health change among Latino immigrants. He has examined mental health among Latino individuals in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico for two decades, most recently using the National Latino and Asian American (NLAAS) mental health study funded by National Institute of Mental Health. Recent publications from the NLAAS include “Assessing Diversity among Latinos: Results from the NLAAS” published in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences (30:357-378, 2007) and “Ataque de Nervios as a Marker of Social and Psychiatric Vulnerability: Results from the NLASS” published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry(56:289-309,2010). He was actively involved in the Healthier New Brunswick 2010 project and took the lead on the focus group study and was lead author on that report. He also co-authored a report on that project on the health of children. He is co-author with Ava Stanley and Joel Cantor on the paper, “Holes in the Safety Net,” that appeared in the Journal of Urban Health (85:555-572, 2008). He is co-editor, with Keith Wailoo and Julie Livingston, of A Death Retold: Jesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship, published by the University of North Carolina Press (2006). He recently published a paper in a special issue focused on Latino health in Ethnic and Racial Studies (35:104-119, 2011) entitled “ ‘We eat meat everyday’: Ecology and economy of dietary change among Oaxacan migrants from Mexico to New Jersey.” He currently directs one of the International Service Learning Programs on Community Health in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2010, he received a two year grant from NICHD for a study of immigrant students at Rutgers entitled “What Makes Acculturation Successful?”
Dr. Guarnaccia was awarded the Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award in 2001 and the Rutgers Leader in Diversity Award in 2006. He was Associate Editor of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry from 2000-2004 and Co-Editor-in-Chief from 2004-2007. He received his doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 1984.
Charlotte N. Markey, Associate Professor
Charlotte N. Markey, Associate Professor of Psychology (Ph.D. University of California, Riverside), is director of the Healthy Development Lab at Rutgers University – Camden. Her current research focuses on heterosexual and same-sex romantic partners’ contributions to eating behaviors, body image, and obesity risk. This work has been funded by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and Rutgers University. Markey also studies parent and media influences on eating-related behaviors and associations between personality and health. She has published over 50 articles and chapters in journals such as Journal of Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and Body Image: An International Journal of Research. Markey serves on several editorial boards and is an associate editor for the Journal of Personality. Markey received the Rutgers University Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award in 2011 and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009. She particularly enjoys teaching classes on health psychology and the psychology of eating. Markey earned her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Riverside in 2002.
Jane E. Miller, Research Professor
Jane E. Miller (Ph.D., Demography, University of Pennsylvania) is a Research Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and a Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Miller's research interests include relationships between poverty, child health, health insurance, and access to health care. Collaborating with colleagues at the Center for State Health Policy and New Jersey's Department of Human Services, she has collaborated with Dr. Cantor and Dr. Gaboda and other at CSHP on several studies of New Jersey's State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) on issues related to program retention, chronic childhood illness, parental eligibility, and other issues. She heads a working group of researchers from IHHCPAR and other units at Rutgers who use data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. With those data, Miller and colleagues are conducting studies how health system factors such as medical home and insurance are associated with access to care and family burden for U.S children with chronic health conditions. She received a Faculty Scholar's Award from the William T. Grant Foundation for her research on poverty dynamics and child well-being. Dr. Miller is a faculty associate at the Center for Research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University, and the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. A specialist in quantitative communication and statistical literacy, she has written two books: The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, and The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, and a series of related articles in teaching and research journals. Dr. Miller is the Faculty Director of Project L/EARN – a health research training program for undergraduate students from groups that have been under-represented in health research – funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She received the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from Rutgers' Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates in 2007, and a Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award from Rutgers University in 2011.
Alan C. Monheit, Professor
Alan C. Monheit, (Ph.D., City University of New York) is Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems and Policy, Rutgers University and associate director of its Center for Health Economics and Health Policy. He is also a Research Professor in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and its Center for State Health Policy. Dr. Monheit has held research positions at the Health Policy Institute and School of Medicine at Boston University. Most recently Dr. Monheit was Director of the Division of Social and Economic Research in the Center for Cost and Financing Studies, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Monheit's research interests include the relationship between employment and health insurance coverage, health insurance dynamics, the uninsured population, the distribution of health care expenditures and health insurance benefits, and children's access to health care. His published work has appeared in a number of professional journals including Inquiry, Health Affairs, Health Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Public Economics, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Medical Care Research and Review. Dr. Monheit has served as a member of the President's Health Reform Task Force and has been a technical advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Health Insurance Association of America. In 1993, he received the first Administrator's Award for Health Services Research from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. He is a co-editor of the volume, State Insurance Market Reform: Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Health Insurance Markets, and an editor and contributor to the volume, Informing American Health Care Policy: The Dynamics of Medical Expenditure and Insurance Surveys, 1977-1996. Dr. Monheit is also a Fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.