Ana is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her research interests address four main areas: (1) age-related changes in health, (2) racial and ethnic disparities in health, (3) co-existing chronic disease (multimorbidity), and (4) health care delivery changes designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable older adults.
Ana’s work aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and subsequent effects on health and wellbeing throughout the life course. In this stage of her career, her work focuses on the development of and intersection between multimorbidity and disability—and the role that specific multimorbidity combinations play in accelerating poor health outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse groups of older adults.
In her spare time, Ana and her husband enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, especially travel that engages with organizations that work to preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitat.Read more
Areas of interest
- Age-related changes in health
- Chronic disease epidemiology
- Racial and ethnic disparities in health
- Health care delivery systems
- B.A., University of Florida 1998
- M.S., University of Minnesota 2000
- Ph.D., University of Michigan 2010
Honors and awards
- 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Excellence Award
- 2016, NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award
- 2014, Chair’s Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
- 2013, American Diabetes Association Thomas R. Lee Award