Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Myung H. Jin is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining the Wilder School at VCU in the fall of 2011, he worked as a health program consultant at the Division of Health Access and Tobacco at Florida Department of Health, information technology coordinator at the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health at Florida Department of Children and Families, and program consultant/data analyst at the Division of Workers’ Compensation at Florida Department of Financial Services. He received a PhD at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in 2009. His broad teaching and research interests include health policy, physician workforce development, environmental sustainability, human and social capital, and human resource development.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act under the current administration, an increased need for alternative health practitioners known as AHCPs (e.g., PAs, NPs, other non-physicians) for the provision of public health is eminent. Despite the qualifications of AHCPs and reportedly high levels of patient satisfaction, the public remains largely unwilling to be seen by them compared to MDs. The current proposal will present a clearer conceptualization of the relationship between the quality of health services provided by AHCPs and the probability that service utilization by the same health service providers will increase. The moderating role of the following factors will be tested: socioeconomic standing, health status and behavior, health care coverage, trust in physicians, and health access conditions. In addition, this research will test whether the perceived quality of service as well as direct experiences with AHCPs varies among racial and ethnic groups.
My New Connections Experience
The role of human capital in public health workforce with the newly implemented Affordable Care Act is even more important than ever and is one of the main research areas that are equally emphasized and valued by the New Connections program. Opportunities that allow social science researchers to connect the dot between the socioeconomic, behavioral and institutional factors in patient-physician relationships are very rare and RWJF’s New Connections offered that rare opportunity. The New Connections grant will undoubtedly help me reach the goal of identifying the individual and systemic features that can both promote and hinder the development of human resources in the physician workforce.
My research focuses on understanding the full potential and utility of human and social capital in public health workforce that can help increase access to care without compromising the quality of health care. My current research primarily focuses on maximizing the potential of existing physician workforce to deal effectively with the shortage health practitioners by identifying the behavioral, social, and institutional factors that can help bridge the divide in patient-physician relationship. This research aims to analyze the relationship by (1) developing a model to address the role of health status and behavior as well as the perceptions of health in shaping patients’ satisfaction; and (2) examining the degree of service utilization among different types of health care practitioners, mainly, physicians versus non-physicians.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2013
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Human Capital
- Project Name: Increasing the willingness of patients to be seen by alternative health care practitioners.