November 30, 2012

Assistant Professors Jie Chen (Health Services Administration) and Robin Puett (Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health) have been awarded Research and Scholarship Awards for Summer 2012 from the Graduate School. Dr. Chen's research focuses on health disparities and health policy analysis. Her health disparity research focuses on identifying and quantifying the factors associated with disparities in health care access, utilization and expenditure among different racial and ethnic groups and immigrants in the United States. Her research on health policy focuses on investigating the efficiency and quality of the health care delivery system, particularly related to mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Robin Puett studies the relationship between ambient air pollution exposures and chronic disease and mortality. Her research examines additional health outcomes, the biological pathways involved, and important potential modifiers of these relationships, such as diet and physical activity. She addresses health disparities associated with neighborhood and built environment factors that influence physical activity, obesity, and chronic diseases.