Penn State University
Ph.D., Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
MS, Statistics, Cornell University
BS, Biology, University of New Mexico
8/2005 – present Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University
7/2002-8/2005 Research, Evaluation and Epidemiology, metropolitan Nashville Department of Public Health
The aims of the project were to:
1. Assess racial/ethnic differences in patient (ages 18 and up) perceptions of hospital quality by:
a) Patient demographics, health status, perceptions of hospital encounter.
b) Hospital level variables-geographic region, bed size, and type of facility c) Healthcare infrastructure and contextual variable
This aim will be addressed by utilizing the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, Hospital Data, 2005 data (H-CAHPS) data and the Area Resource File (ARF).
2. Characterize ambulatory care facility characteristics and quality of care received in racial/ethnic minority children and adults under age 65.
My New Connections Experience
The call for proposals was really inspiring. After reading the call for proposals, I felt that RWJF was encouraging and supportive of the type of work/research that I do.
The New Connections program has been an invaluable experience. Through this program, I have been connected to an extensive network of colleagues with whom I have research synergies and still continue to work with. The funding has allowed me to pursue a productive area of research on the role of health care setting context and chronic disease outcomes. Furthermore, the RWJ program officers have been very encouraging and affirming of the ideas and work of junior investigators.
The role and interrelations among individual behavior, family, community in chronic disease management among minority families. Research methods including: systems science methods and group based statistical methods.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2006
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations
- Project Name: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Location and Quality of Care.
Dr. Rhonda BeLue’s New Connections project assesses racial/ethnic differences in adult patient perceptions of hospital quality by: patient demographics, health status and perceptions of hospital encounter; hospital geographic region, bed size and type of facility; and healthcare infrastructure and contextual variable. The project will draw upon data from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, Hospital Data, 2005; H-CAHPS; and the Area Resource File. The project also characterizes ambulatory care facility characteristics and quality of care received by racial/ethnic minority children and adults under age 65.