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Ninez Ponce

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Senior Researcher, AAPI Data
Professor, UCLA

Ninez A. Ponce, MPP, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Principal Investigator for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). CHIS is the nation’s largest state health survey, recognized as a national model for data collection on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity and immigrant health.

She is a health services researcher most interested in reducing transaction costs levied on consumers and providers that produce racial/ethnic disparities. Her research areas in health disparities focus on promulgating health equity frameworks in research and practice, implementing population-based health surveys in diverse populations, and examining the intersection of social factors and health policy.

Dr. Ponce will serve on the Board of Directors at AcademyHealth from 2021-2023 and was recently appointed on the editorial board of JAMA Health Forum.  Her portfolio includes a mixture of scholarly work and real-time knowledge diffusion studies, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications, over 60 policy reports, and various creative data access tools to democratize health data. Her articles have been one of the most downloaded papers in Health Services Research and selected as top ten Editor’s pick for Health Affairs.

Dr. Ponce earned her bachelor’s degree in science at UC Berkeley, her master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University, and her PhD in health services at UCLA.  She is a naturalized citizen, married, 2 adult daughters and lives in Los Angeles.

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