Minority Aging Health Economics Research CenterJanuary 15, 2013
The National Institutes of Health recently awarded USC’s Schaeffer Center with $2.7 million over 5 years to establish a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). The USC RCMAR is named the “Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center ” and with this prestigious, highly competitive award, we join a distinguished group of universities with an established RCMAR.
The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center is led by Dana Goldman and Julie Zissimopoulos from the Schaeffer Center. The mission is to provide infrastructure and resources to increase the number, diversity, and academic success of researchers focusing on the health and economic well-being of minority elderly populations.
The Center is housed at USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and brings together the resources of USC’s Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation, Roybal Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and RAND’s Roybal Center for Financial Decision Making.
The RCMAR will examine the differences across racial and ethnic groups of elderly in:
- health care decision making, including medical care utilization and Medicare Part D plan choice;
- health behaviors and outcomes; and
- financial behavior including savings and work, and economic well-being.
The aims are to support research careers in the health and economic challenges of minority elderly; to solicit pilot studies; to mentor junior faculty (RCMAR scholars) in multidisciplinary training; to begin new lines of research; and to track and evaluate success of pilot investigators, RCMAR scholars.
Current RCMAR Scholars:
Cleopatra Abdou, Ph.D., Dr. Abdou conducts experimental and survey research to investigate how society, culture, stress and positive resources interact to affect health, well-being and aging more broadly over the individual lifespan and across multiple generations. Dr. Abdou’s research focuses on African Americans, Arabs, and Latinos in the U.S. and Egyptians in the Middle East. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Michigan Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities, and Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and has been published in flagship scientific journals in psychology, medicine, and public health.
Dr. Abdou has also been awarded the U.S.-Egypt Joint Fund for Science & Technology’s Junior Scientist Development Award by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help establish her research program on cultural resources, social stress, and health inequity in Egypt, with the Social Research Center at the American University in Cairo serving as her academic base in Egypt.
Silvia Helena Barcellos, Silvia Helena Barcellos is an Associate Economist at RAND Corporation, Santa Monica Office. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics topics in labor and development economics. Her labor economics research includes works on the economic causes and consequences of immigration to the United States and on the effects of taxation on location and organizational choices of firms and individuals. In research on development economics, Barcellos has investigated the existence of gender discrimination in parental time investments in India.
Ricardo Basurto-Dávila, Ph.D., is a health economist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He leads economic evaluations and policy analysis, furthering the Department’s goal to increase its capacity for decisionmaking through the use of quantitative analysis. He was previously a Prevention Effectiveness Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he conducted economic evaluations of the efforts implemented by the United States and other countries to respond to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Prior to that, he worked at RAND Corporation research projects, where his work focused on migration, social and environmental determinants of health, and inequalities in health and health care. He has published in social science, public health, and medical journals. Dr. Basurto-Dávila earned a B.A. in Economics from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and the Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the F.S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.
To apply to become a RCMAR Scholar please fill out the link below:
For all meetings, events, and deadlines, see below:
For more information, please contact:Julie Zissimopoulos, Ph.D. Associate Director, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics Research Associate Professor, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy email@example.com