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Julie Smith Gagen

Julie Smith-Gagen MPH, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor and Manager of the Nevada Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Community Health Sciences. She completed her Masters degree at the University of South Florida and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Smith-Gagen's research has focused on underserved and vulnerable populations, including Native Americans, Latinos, and low-income children. Her current research has focused on evaluating the barriers to care that low-income minority children and youth face when using preventive healthcare. She is also evaluating the impact that an intervention to inform parents about the healthcare delivery process has on utilization of preventative health care in low-income and minority children. Her work also includes an examination of the "historical trauma" experienced by Native Peoples and the impact on health behaviors. She also has investigated health behaviors in the Nevada Hispanic population.

Project Title: "Is A Lack Of Quality Follow-Up Care Related To Shorter Survival In Latino Cancer Survivors?"

Project Databases: SEER-Medicare

Recent and Pending Publications

"Longitudinal, population-based study of racial/ethnic differences in breast cancer care among women using Medicare Fee-for-Service and Managed Care Organization models." In preparation.

"Is a lack of Quality Follow-Up Care related to Shorter Survival in Latino Breast Cancer Survivors?" In preparation.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey