Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Tara Adams Ragone, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall Law School
Tara Adams Ragone is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy at Seton Hall University School of Law, where her research and writing currently focus on implementation of health care reform and integration of behavioral and physical health care. Professor Ragone developed and teaches a health law skills course, is the Faculty Supervisor of the Health Law Semester in Washington, D.C. Program, and advises students competing in national health law competitions. Prior to Seton Hall Law, Professor Ragone served as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. She received her B.A. in Government and Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the College of William and Mary, and her law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law. Professor Ragone served as a law clerk to the Honorable Allyne R. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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.
Mucio Kit Delgado, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
M. Kit Delgado, M.D., M.S., is an emergency physician investigator committed to discovering innovative approaches to improve the outcomes of acutely ill and injured patients and also reduce the occurrence of injuries and the shortsighted behaviors that cause them in the first place. He has two complementary lines of research. First, he analyses large existing datasets and uses decision analytic modeling to guide policy aimed at improving trauma and emergency care. Currently funded work includes: 1) state dataset analyses to better understand the benefit of trauma center triage for seriously injured older adults and children; 2) insurance claims analyses examining the impact of reducing excessive variation in opioid prescribing for acute injuries; and 3) and collaborative work to develop regional geographic units for measuring and benchmarking variation in population-level outcomes for emergency care sensitive conditions. Second, he is developing a novel research program leveraging smartphones, connected devices, and insights from behavioral economics for injury prevention. He is currently leading pilot randomized trials testing interventions to reduce cellphone use and drinking and driving. Prior to joining the faculty, he completed an NHLBI K12 Career Development Award at Penn with a focus on clinical epidemiology and an AHRQ T32 post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at Stanford.
Peter Guarnaccia, Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Peter Guarnaccia (Ph.D., Connecticut) is a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences 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 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. 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 published a paper on his research in Mexico 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 three year grant from NICHD for a study of immigrant students at Rutgers entitled “What Makes Acculturation Successful?” He published a theoretical paper on acculturation with former post-doctoral fellow Carolina Hausmann-Stabile entitled “Acculturation and its discontents: A case for bringing anthropology back into the conversation” (Sociology and Anthropology, 4:114-124, 2016). 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.
John V. Jacobi, Dorothea Dix Professor of Health Law and Policy, Seton Hall Law School
John Jacobi is the Dorothea Dix Professor of Health Law and Policy at Seton Hall Law School. He teaches, researches, publishes, and works in the areas of health care access, finance and delivery reform, as well as disability rights and mental health discrimination. He is the Faculty Director of the Seton Hall Law School Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy. He serves as Board Chair of the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, a community-provider collaborative dedicated to integrating care for Medicaid recipients in Newark, New Jersey, and as Board Chair of the North Jersey Community Research Initiative, an HIV service and research organization. He participates in legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of low and moderate income residents. He has served as Principal Investigator for research projects in health reform, health access, and behavioral health areas. He has served as Senior Associate Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, as Assistant to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Advocate, and as Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University College of New York at Buffalo (Mathematics and Philosophy) and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.
Alan C. Monheit, Professor of Health Economics and Chair, Department of Health Systems & Policy, Rutgers University School of Public Health
Alan C. Monheit (Ph.D., City University of New York) is Professor of Health Economics and Chair, Department of Health Systems & Policy in the School of Public Health, Rutgers University. He is also the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and director of the school’s Center for Health Economics and Health Policy. Professor Monheit is also a research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and its Center for State Health Policy. He has held research positions in the Health Policy Institute and School of Medicine at Boston University, and was the director of the Division of Social and Economic Research in the Center for Cost and Financing Studies, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). His research interests include the relationship between employment and health insurance coverage, family health care responses to economic shocks, health reform and the regulation of health insurance markets, children's access to health care, and the relationship between socioeconomic status and health. 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, Medical Care, Health Services Research, and Medical Care Research and Review. While at AHRQ, Professor Monheit served as a member of President Clinton's Health Reform Task Force, received the Administrator's Award for Health Services Research, and was appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services Senior Biomedical Research Service. Professor Monheit has served as editor of Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing and is a member of its editorial board, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is a co-editor of, 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. Professor Monheit also received the New Jersey Health Foundation’s Excellence in Research Award for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Professor, Arizona State University
Punam Ohri-Vachaspati is a professor of nutrition at the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion (SNHP) at Arizona State University, where she teaches graduate-level courses focused on survey research and obesity prevention. As a public health nutrition expert, Ohri-Vachaspati mentors students interested in exploring public health approaches for improving healthy food access, eating behaviors, and health outcomes. At SNHP, she created a new multidisciplinary master’s degree in obesity prevention and management and led an online course on health and wellness that attracted over 16,000 students from 185 countries. Ohri-Vachaspati’s research examines the impact of policy and environmental change approaches on food access and physical activity opportunities in low-income, minority communities. For the past 10 years, her work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others. Currently, she is a dual Principal Investigator on an NIH/RWJF-funded 5-year longitudinal study in 4 low-income, high-minority cites in New Jersey. This study is tracking a cohort of more than 1,000 children over time to examine if changes in their environment result in changes in weight status and associated behaviors. In addition, Ohri-Vachaspati’s work examines policies and programs in schools and community settings. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing community-based nutrition interventions. Ohri-Vachaspati has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition. She is also a registered dietitian and received her Ph.D. and master’s degrees from Tufts University School of Nutrition in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition. She completed her undergraduate education at University of Delhi, India.
Jennifer Tsui, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Department of Population Studies
Jennifer Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Department of Population Studies. Her research focuses on health care system factors and geospatial influences related to disparities in cancer care and cancer outcomes for minority, low-income, and underserved populations. Through her multidisciplinary research, she regularly collaborates with investigators at the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, School of Public Health, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. Her recent work uses Medicare, Medicaid, and other claims data to examine disparities in access to cancer treatment and quality of cancer care for minority populations. Much of her prior work examined HPV vaccine introduction and barriers to uptake in low-income minority communities as well as disparities in cancer screening racial/ethnic minority populations. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Columbia University NCI-funded Cancer Training Program in July 2014. She received a Ph.D. in Health Services from UCLA, an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Columbia University and has experience working in cancer prevention and control at the local, national, and international levels.