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Tumaini Rucker Coker

Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA, is Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at UCLA and Associate Natural Scientist at RAND. She completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and received an MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  She received an MD at the Drew/UCLA Medical Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and completed a pediatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Coker was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago from 2004-2006, and is a recipient of the 2008 Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award. Dr. Coker's research has focused on preventive healthcare issues for low-income minority children and youth.  She investigates alternative models of healthcare delivery to improve the provision of preventive care services to infants and children in low-income urban communities. Her work also includes an examination of the health and health care of homeless children, perceived racial/ethnic discrimination and its effects on child mental health, and racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care utilization.

Project Title: "Latino Parents' Negative Experiences Accessing Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs: What are the Effects on Health Care Utilization?"

Project Databases: National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2005-2006

Recent and Pending Publications

Coker TR , Rodriguez MA and Flores G. (2010). "Family-Centered Care for US Children With Special Health Care Needs; Who Gets it and Why?" Pediatrics , 125(6): 1159-1167.

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