Research, and Evaluation of the Department of Health and Human Services. He also serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Medical Faculty Development Program and is past chair of the Health Economics Committee of the American Public Health Association. He was member of the IOM Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. Dr. Escarce’s research interests include provider and patient behavior under economic incentives, access to care, racial and ethnic disparities in care, and the impact of managed care on cost and quality.
WILLIAM D. KALSBEEK is professor of biostatistics and director of the Survey Research Unit at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His prior experience includes statistical research with the Office of Research and Methodology at the National Center for Health Statistics and at the Sampling Research and Design Center at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the American Public Health Association. He received his M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kalsbeek’s research interests and areas of expertise are in biostatistics, survey design and research, spinal cord injuries, and assessment; he is well known for his work in survey methods.
GEORGE KAPLAN is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research, and director of the Michigan Initiative on Inequalities in Health. He is also a docent at the University of Kuopio in Finland and an associate in the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He was formerly chief of the Human Population Laboratory and directed the ongoing Alameda County Study. Upon arriving at the University of Michigan, Professor Kaplan initiated the Michigan Initiative on Inequalities in Health (MIIH). The MIIH is a cross-campus initiative with an expanding agenda that will eventually involve all segments of the university community. The mission of the MIIH is to promote inquiry into the causes and consequences of societal inequalities in health and potential remedies, via an interdisciplinary program of discussion, research, and teaching. The goals are to catalyze intellectual interchange, research, and teaching focused on issues raised by the study of inequalities in health through a program of in-depth discussion, lectures, and symposia; an ongoing Forum on Inequalities in Health; small grants; and student stipends. Dr. Kaplan is also director of the Michigan Interdisciplinary Center on Social Inequalities, Mind, and Body (MICSIMB).