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Eliminating Health Disparities: Measurement and Data Needs
ematical statistics from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University.
HECTOR BALCAZAR is professor of Latino Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, Health Sciences Center, University of North Texas. He is also the director of the Center for Cross-Cultural and Community Health Research of the Institute for Public Health Research, School of Public Health. Dr. Balcazar specializes in the study of public health problems of Latinos/Mexican Americans. Dr. Balcazar is a bilingual, bicultural family and public health scientist who has conducted numerous studies of Latino birth outcomes, acculturation and health-related behaviors, cardiovascular disease prevention programs in Latinos, and border health issues. His most recent funded projects include: The North Texas Salud Para Corazon Outreach Initiative; a study on the use of perinatal, infant, and childhood health services among high-risk Mexican American subgroups; the development of a strategic plan for the Latino National Health Collaborative; and a clinical study for Hispanic diabetic patients. As a Latino health specialist Dr. Balcazar provides consultation and leadership to local and national health organizations.
ANTHONY D’ANGELO worked as a statistician, operations research analyst, and mathematician for federal government agencies for 33 years. He developed information systems and analytical models for product assurance, communication systems, and health services. He worked for the Indian Health Service the last 22 years of his career. Mr. D’Angelo served as the principal statistician of the Indian Health Service and manager of the program statistics team. He developed and managed statistical information systems in order to provide data for measuring health status and appraising program activities. He published morbidity and demographic data concerning the American Indian and Alaska Native population. He retired from the government in December 1999 and moved from the Washington, D.C., area to Phoenix, Arizona. He now provides statistical consulting services, specializing in American Indian and Alaska Native data, and volunteers at the World Affairs Council and the Heard Indian Museum.
JOSÉ J. ESCARCE is a senior natural scientist at RAND. Dr. Escarce graduated from Princeton University, earned a master’s degree in physics from Harvard University, obtained his medical degree and doctorate in health economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his residency at Stanford University. Dr. Escarce has served on the Health Services Research Study Section at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and on the National Advisory Council for Health Care Policy,