University of South Florida
I am an assistant professor in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. I attained a doctoral degree in Health Services Administration and a master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology), both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I also completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, one of which focused on women’s health and aging (NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award) and another on clinical and translational research (NIH Clinical and Translational Science Research Award).
Health care reform may increase older adults risk for medical debt problems. However, medical debt is understudied, especially among older adults of lower socioeconomic circumstances. Using the 2007 Health Tracking Health Survey, this project seeks to 1) identify factors that influence medical debt among older adults by race/ethnicity, (2 assess the extent to which income, insurance, out-of-pocket costs and co-morbidities influence the relationship between race/ethnicity and medical debt, and 3) examine medical debt consequences and assess differences by race/ethnicity.
My New Connections Experience
As an early career investigator New Connections funding will provide the necessary time and assistance to solidify a program of research on health services issues confronting racial/ethnic minority populations. I also needed the pilot funding to leverage future grant submissions. Additionally, New Connections is well-known for the mentoring, feedback on research, and support that they provide their grantees. The opportunity to discuss my research interest and consult with experts who are conducting research in similar areas is another reason why I applied for the New Connections program.
As an early career investigator having individuals who provide research guidance and support is invaluable to the advancement of my professional career. New Connections has provided the opportunity to acquire the skills and mentoring necessary to become a successful independent researcher.
My research coalesces around factors that influence health outcomes among women and racial/ethnic minorities, in particular, access to and use of medical care, trust in physicians, patient self-advocacy, and medical debt.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2011
RWJF Team/Portfolio: Coverage
- Project Name: Mechanisms and Consequences of Medical Debt among Older Adults.