U-M faculty available to discuss national poverty, uninsured statistics

August 22, 2008

ANN ARBOR—The U.S. Census Bureau will release new national poverty and health insurance figures on Aug. 26, and University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the data.

Experts include:

Sheldon Danziger, the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy and National Poverty Center director, is a scholar on poverty, income inequality, social welfare programs and policy. He also directs the Poverty Research and Training Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He can be reached at (734) 615-8321 or [email protected].

Reynolds Farley, professor emeritus at the Institute for Social Research, conducts research on U.S. population trends, focusing on racial differences, ethnicity and urban structure. He can be reached at (734) 763-3382 or [email protected].

George A. Kaplan, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, has written about the cumulative cost of socioeconomic disadvantage on health and functional outcomes in the elderly and the role of equity in the distribution of income on overall health of populations. He is available at (734) 615-9209 or [email protected].

Helen Levy, researcher at the Institute for U-M Social Research and School of Public Health, is an expert on health economics, public finance and labor economics. Her recent work explores the reasons why some households do not have health insurance. She can be reached at (734) 615-9587 or [email protected].

Richard L. Lichtenstein, an associate professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, has conducted research on health care manaement and problems with the U.S. healthcare system. He directs the U-M Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management, an internship program for undergraduate students interested in eliminating health disparities. He is available at (734) 936-1316 or [email protected].

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy: http://fordschool.umich.edu/

Institute for Social Research: http://www.isr.umich.edu/home/

School of Public Health: http://www.sph.umich.edu/index.html

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