Nina S. Parikh

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Nina S. Parikh
Nina S. Parikh

Nina S.



Acting Director of Research
Hunter College, City University of New York Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity

Professional Bio

Nina S. Parikh is the deputy director of research at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity of Hunter College, City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University, and a M.P.H. in health policy and management from Emory University. A continuing theme of Dr. Parikh’s research involves the examination of social, cultural and economic factors that influence the health and health care of underserved populations, including ethnic/racial groups, the uninsured, those with inadequate health literacy and the elderly. Her current research focuses on the complex social and cultural factors influencing healthy aging among diverse urban populations, such as the interactions among social norms, social networks and cultural leverage; the effects of the built and social environment on the health and health trajectories of the elderly, particularly immigrant populations; and the health status of community-based older adults in New York City. Her work has received grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the NYC Department for the Aging.

Prior to coming to Hunter, Dr. Parikh was a researcher on several projects, including an investigation of utilization patterns of emergency department patients in the Bronx, N.Y., a multi-phase multi-site evaluation of an HIV prevention intervention aimed at high-risk women and a prevalence study examining low health literacy among public hospital patients.

Project Description

The objective of this study is to assess the social, economic and cultural factors that affect access to and utilization of health care among new legal immigrants to the U.S. Data are from the Round 1 of the New Immigrant Survey (NIS), a nationally representative, longitudinal survey of 8,573 adult immigrants admitted to legal permanent residence. Comprehensive information across several sociobehavioral domains, including migration history, employment, income, language, religion, marital status, family social networks, physical and mental health, health care and health behaviors was collected from respondents. The conceptual framework for the current study builds and expands on recent revisions of the Andersen behavioral framework and the extant literature. The model will examine social, economic and cultural characteristics at the individual and contextual levels, and test hypotheses related to disparities in access to and utilization of services among new immigrants to the U.S. The results will advance our understanding of factors affecting immigrant health trajectories over time, and can inform the targeted development of policy initiatives and culturally competent interventions designed to improve the health outcomes of immigrants.

My New Connections Experience

I applied for career advancement, networking, connection to the RWJF, and exploration of the New Immigrant Survey.

Research Interests

Racial/Ethnic Disparities; Social and Cultural Determinants of Health; Immigration; Healthy Aging; Social Networks; Health Literacy; Access to and Use of Services.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2006
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Coverage
  • Project Name: Access to and Utilization of Health Services among New Immigrants to the U.S.

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