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Ira Moscovice, Ph.D., Director

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Ira Moscovice

Dr. Moscovice is the Mayo Professor and Head of the Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He has been the director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center since its inception in 1992.

Education

  • Ph.D., Administrative Sciences, Yale University, 1976
  • M.S., Operations Research, Columbia University, 1971
  • B.S.E.E., Electrical Engineering, City College of New York, 1969

Experience

Dr. Moscovice has more than 30 years of experience conducting rural health research. He has served as the principal investigator for numerous rural health projects funded by federal and state agencies and private foundations, including the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Area Foundation.

He was a Co-Principal Investigator for the Multi-Center National Evaluation of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program from 1999-2003 and currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the 2003-2013 Flex Program Monitoring Team.

He has served on numerous rural health and health services research and policy advisory committees for federal agencies and private foundations, including the Committee on the Future of Rural Health Care and the Access to Health Care Services Monitoring Committee of the Institute of Medicine; the Health Services Research Study Section of Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Coming Home Program.

Research Interests

  • Development of rural quality and patient safety measures
  • Implementation of quality and patient safety initiatives in rural environments
  • The operation and financing of small rural hospitals
  • Evaluation of alternative rural health care delivery systems

Awards

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, 2002
  • First recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the National Rural Health Association, 1992

Michelle Casey, M.S., Deputy Director

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Michelle Casey

Ms. Casey is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Rural Health Research Center, where she has worked since 1994.

Education

  • M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1982
  • B.A., Anthropology, Grinnell College, 1976

Experience

Ms. Casey has more than 25 years of experience in rural health research and policy analysis. She has been the project leader for numerous Rural Health Research Center projects involving primary data collection (using surveys and case studies) as well as statistical analyses of secondary data. Before joining the Rural Health Research Center, Ms. Casey worked on health policy analysis, rural health and primary care programs at the Minnesota Department of Health. She played a key role in establishing the Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, and served as Assistant Director of the Office from 1992 to 1994. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Rural Health.

Research Interests

  • Rural quality of care and patient safety initiatives
  • Critical Access Hospitals and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Monitoring Program
  • Rural obstetric care
  • Access to care for rural Medicare beneficiaries and underserved populations
  • Rural pharmacy services
  • End-of-life care in rural communities
  • Use of health information technology by rural providers

Awards

  • Outstanding Rural Health Researcher award from the National Rural Health Association, 2006

Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., Director of Research

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Katy Kozhimannil

Dr. Kozhimannil is Director of Research at the RHRC and an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Education

  • Ph.D., Health Policy, Harvard University, 2009
  • M.P.A., Public Policy and Administration, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2003
  • B.A., International Relations and Spanish (summa cum laude), University of Minnesota, 1999

Experience

Dr. Kozhimannil conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts health care delivery, quality, and outcomes during critical times in the lifecourse, including pregnancy and childbirth. The goal of her scholarly work is to contribute to the evidence base for clinical and policy strategies to advance racial, gender, and geographic equity and to collaborate with stakeholders in making policy change to address social determinants and structural injustice in order to facilitate improved health and well-being.

Dr. Kozhimannil’s research, published in major journals such as Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Medical Care, and the American Journal of Managed Care, has been widely cited.  Media coverage of her research, including feature stories by the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, and the Huffington Post, has generated dialogue, interest and policy action at local, state, and national levels. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Kozhimannil teaches courses that build skills for effective engagement in the policy process, and works extensively with community organizations and state and federal policy makers on efforts to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, starting at birth. 

Prior to starting her academic career, Dr. Kozhimannil worked on HIV/AIDS prevention and policy as well as education and youth development both domestically and abroad. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Mozambique and has worked for Ibis Reproductive Health, the World Bank, Population Services International, the American Red Cross, and the YMCA.

Research Interests

  • Health care policy
  • Quality of care
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health equity
  • Analysis of administrative/claims data
  • Longitudinal analysis

Awards

  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award, AcademyHealth (2016)
  • National guest scholar at the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center (2015-2016)
  • Labelle Lectureship in Health Services Research, McMaster University (2015)
  • Public Health Impact Award, University of Minnesota School of Public Health (2015)
  • Health Affairs Top 15 Most-Read Articles in 2013 “Cesarean delivery rates vary 10-fold among US hospitals; reducing variation may address quality and cost issues.” (2014)
  • Minnesota Population Center’s IHIS Research Award “National Trends in Health Insurance
  • Coverage of Pregnant and Reproductive-Age Women, 2000-2009″ (2013)
  • Elected and inducted into the Pi Chapter of Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (2013)
  • University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) Multicultural Research Award (2011)

Carrie Henning-Smith, Ph.D.

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Carrie Henning-Smith

Dr. Henning-Smith is a Research Associate at the Rural Health Research Center, hired in March of 2015.

Education

  • Ph.D., Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • M.S., Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 2006
  • M.S.W., Social Work Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health, University of Michigan, 2006
  • B.A., International Relations, Claremont McKenna College, 2003

Experience

Dr. Henning-Smith uses quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to study policy-relevant issues for rural populations. In particular, she is interested in policy issues that impact quality of life and quality care for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Her dissertation research investigated the relationships between older adults’ living arrangements and trajectories of disability. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Henning-Smith worked in community organizing, policy advocacy, and social services. She served as an Americorps volunteer providing case management to low-income adults in Washington, DC; a clinical social work intern with the Department of Veterans Affairs; and as a University of Wisconsin Population Health Fellow with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Demography
  • Aging and long-term care
  • Disability policy
  • Housing and transportation issues
  • Access to care

Recent Awards

  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2014-2015)
  • First Place, Minnesota HSR Conference Student Paper Competition (2014)
  • Hearst Fellowship in Public Health and Aging (2013-2014)
  • RAND Summer Institute Fellowship (2013)
  • Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship in Aging (2013)

Amanda Corbett, M.P.H.

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Amanda Corbett

Amanda Corbett is a qualitative researcher at the Rural Health Research Center. She began working at the RHRC in December 2015.

Education

  • M.P.H., Maternal and Child Health, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • B.A., English, Luther College, 1994

Experience

Ms. Corbett has worked in various capacities of public health research at the University of Minnesota since 1997. Prior to her employment at the RHRC, Amanda was housed in Extension’s Center for Family Development, where she provided evaluation support to health and nutrition program staff across Minnesota. She also worked in Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, coordinating the American Indian Community Tobacco Projects.

Research Interests

  • Health equity
  • Health policy, systems, & environmental change
  • Social determinants of health
  • Community-engaged research

Alex Evenson, M.A.

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Alex Evenson

Alex Evenson manages communications, dissemination, and website resources; edits research publications; and assists with research projects for the Rural Health Research Center. He was hired in February 2013.

Education

  • M.A., English, University of St. Thomas, 2005
  • B.A., English, Saint John’s University, 2000

Experience

Prior to his employment with the RHRC, Mr. Evenson worked with the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health on a number of national, federally-funded rural health projects, including the Rural Health Research Gateway, the Rural Health Information Hub, and the Health Workforce Information Center. For six years prior to that, Mr. Evenson was a nonpartisan writer / editor at the Minnesota House of Representatives’ Chief Clerk’s Office.

During his graduate studies, Evenson taught English courses at the University of North Dakota and University of St. Thomas and worked with the North Dakota Humanities Council to facilitate critical discussions of literature in rural communities across the state.

Topic Interests

  • Rural health policy
  • Quality measurement
  • Narrative medicine
  • Socioeconomic health disparities
  • Cultural competency

 

Peiyin Hung, M.S.P.H.

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Peiyin Hung

Peiyin Hung is a PhD student in the Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a Research Assistant at the Rural Health Research Center.

Education

  • M.S.P.H., Public Health, Emory University, 2011
  • B.A., Health Services Administration, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan, 2005

Experience

Ms. Hung developed her research interests from several health care projects in Taiwan. These included quality reports for hospital accreditation, and a comparative effectiveness analysis of medical record delivery system in two hospitals.

She also participated in a Central Healthcare Network Project in the Department of Health in Taiwan.

Research Interests

  • Health care quality
  • Health information technology
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis

Shailendra Prasad, M.D.

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Shailendra Prasad

Shailendra Prasad is an Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota and an Investigator at the Rural Health Research Center.

In addition, Dr. Prasad is the Associate Program Director at the University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program.

Education

  • M.B.B.S., Medicine, Mysore Medical College, India, 1990
  • Family Medicine Residency, Henry Ford Hospital, 1997
  • Fellowship, Academic Family Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, 1998
  • M.P.H., Public Health Leadership, University of Minnesota, 2006

Experience

Dr. Prasad has worked in the interface of primary care and public health for the past 20 years. He has extensive first-hand experience in underserved areas; he practiced as a primary care physician for several years in rural southern Mississippi and in rural and tribal areas in South India before coming to the University of Minnesota. He remains actively involved in projects in South India. His current work in primary care and health services research focuses on quality of care, coordination of care, methods of care delivery and appropriate resource utilization.

Research Interests

  • Health care delivery in rural and indigenous areas
  • Quality of clinical care in rural health
  • Health information dissemination

Awards

  • Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education,
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, 1997

Tami Swenson, Ph.D.

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Dr. Swenson is a health demographer and health services researcher with expertise in Medicare and Medicaid policy. She began working at the RHRC in February 2016.

Education

  • Ph.D., Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2016

Experience

Dr. Swenson has broad experience working with complex survey designs, large administrative datasets, and medical claims data. 

Research Interests

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Safety Net Programs
  • Physician Quality Measurement
  • Chronic Pain

Jill Klingner, Ph.D., R.N.

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Jill Klingner

Dr. Klingner is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Management in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota – Duluth and an Investigator at the Rural Health Research Center.

Education

  • Ph.D., Health Services Research Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • M.S., Health Services Research Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • B.S.N., Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1983
  • B.A., Social Welfare, University of Minnesota, 1979

Experience

Dr. Klinger’s professional work and research projects reflect her breadth of interests in how rural residents, Medicare beneficiaries, uninsured populations, and other special populations access and use the health care systems and what can be learned from their experiences. In her previous life as a Registered Nurse, Dr. Klinger gained extensive clinical experience ranging from pediatric intensive care in the United States to refugee work in Thailand. She also has experience in health care issues specific to American Indian and Hispanic populations. Dr. Klingner is a longtime member of the University of Minnesota’s Investigational Review Board.

Research Interests

  • Rural physician retention
  • Rural pharmacy distribution
  • Medicare chronic care coverage
  • Health outcomes research
  • Access to supplemental insurance for disabled Medicare beneficiaries
  • Quality of care
  • Quality measurement development and implementation
  • Critical Access Hospital evaluation