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Ninez Ponce

Ninez Ponce is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health and Senior Research Scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research . She is also consultant to the Kellogg Foundation's Community-Voices Project-Oakland. Dr. Ponce’s training in health economics and policy is applied to her current research interests: increasing prevention and screening services use among linguistic and ethnic minorities, and developing innovative approaches to expand insurance markets to cover low-income immigrant populations. She is a co-PI for the California Health Interview Survey. Prior to joining the UCLA Public Health faculty, she was Deputy Director and Survey Research Manager for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health advocacy organization. Most recently, she served as RAND’s resident Policy Adviser on a World Bank health insurance reform program to the Ministry of Health, Republic of Macedonia. She received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, a PhD in Health Services from UCLA, and post-doctoral training in Health Policy from UC Berkeley.

Recent and Pending Publications

“Wealthier but not healthier: Latino enclave effects on cancer screening.” In preparation.

"The Role of Generational Status in Quality of Diabetes Care among Mexicans in California." In preparation.

Ponce NA , Tsui J, Knight SJ, Afable-Munsuz A, Ladabaum U, Hiatt RA and Haas JS. (2011). "Disparities in cancer screening in individuals with a family history of breast or colorectal cancer." Cancer , Epub Aug.

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