Health Disparities Expert Panel

The Expert Panel plays an active role in project activities such as determining working definitions, key questions, and analytic models; guiding the conduct of the research; and participating in dissemination of findings. Members of the panel include:

Elena Andresen, PhD, heads the Disability and Health Research Group in the Institute on Development and Disability and Oregon Health & Science University. She is a Professor in OHSU's Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine. Prior to joining OHSU, Dr. Andresen was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and Director of the Florida Office on Disability and Health. She is an internationally renowned scholar in the areas of measurement and surveillance of disability, disability epidemiology, and health related quality of life and disabilities, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Through serving on numerous national panels, Dr. Andresen has influenced the federal disability research agenda. These panels include the NIDRR Long Range Planning committee (2003-2004), Institute of Medicine committee on Outcomes Research Agenda for Elderly People (2003), Institute of Medicine committee on "The Future of Disability in America" (2007), and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Study Sections (1997-2008). Dr. Andresen is the 2011 recipient of the Allen Meyers Award from the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association. This award is recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to disability research, teaching, and advocacy.

Glenn Fujiura, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has an Adjunct Faculty appointment in UIC's School of Public Health and is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Applied Health Sciences.His many honors include recognition as a Switzer Scholar by the National Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Fujirua is highly renowned for his work in the demographics of disability, and previously directed the NIDRR-funded Center on Emerging Disabilities.He has served on the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, the National Agenda Task Force for Research on Developmental Disabilities, NIDDR's Long Range Plan Steering Committee, and External Evaluation Panel for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, and the Diversity Task Force for the National Council on Disability.He has published extensively in the areas of demographics and disability, and disability policy.

Lisa Iezzoni, MD, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Iezzoni is a Fellow of the Association of Health Services Research and the American College of Physicians, and a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She has been recognized for her work with awards from the American College of Medical Quality, the American Public Health Association, and the Boston Center for Independent Living. Dr. Iezzoni's work in health services research has focused on improving quality of care and evaluating patient outcomes using administrative and nationally representative datasets. Her work in preventive services and cancer treatment for people with mobility impairments highlighted disparities in health care. As first author of More than Ramps: A Guide to Improving Health Care Quality and Access, Dr. Iezzoni demonstrated how to translate health services and clinical research into applications for programs and policies.

Henry Ireys, PhD (Panel member 2008-2011), is Senior Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc and Adjunct Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has served as Project Director on numerous large-scale studies designed to provide an evidence-base for federal policy relating to vulnerable populations, including adults with mental illness and children with special health needs. Dr. Ireys has directed projects to provide technical assistance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (maintaining independence and employment; ticket to work; Medicaid Buy-In), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (child and adolescent mental health; adults with serious mental illness), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (quality of care for children with special health needs) and others.Dr. Ireys' career spans decades of collaborating with policy makers in conducting research to support evidence-based policy.

Gloria Krahn PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) at the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to her appointment at NCBDDD, Dr. Krahn was a Professor of Pediatrics and of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and Director of the Oregon Institute on Disability and Development. While at OHSU, Dr. Krahn served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of numerous projects to advance the health of people with disabilities. Dr. Krahn has been President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and has served on key Institute of Medicine committees. She is past-Chair of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.