I am a gerontologist and health services researcher deeply committed to a career in health and healthcare disparities research, examining disparities for vulnerable older adults, and an advocate of diversity and inclusion. Further, my goal is to develop and test interventions that will improve care and decrease any disparities detected.
I completed an AHRQ T32 – fellowship at the Center for Gerontology at Health Care Research at Brown University. After my fellowship, I wrote and received a Diversity Supplement from the National Institute of Aging to support my research related to health care access and disparities in quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries.
I am currently and Assistant Professor at the Center and the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice interested in improving healthcare access, quality and outcomes for disadvantaged minority elders through policy-relevant research. I have experience mentoring students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. These students have considerable potential to make an impact on the fields of gerontology and health services.
I recently received funding from NIMHD to examine the long-term effects of Hurricane Maria on healthcare delivery, migration and mortality among people with kidney failure in Puerto Rico (R01MD016961-01).
I have received funding from the Advance-Clinical Translational Research (CTR) Mentored Research Award to understand issues about choice among Medicare Advantage enrollees. Later, I received a K01 (Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards) to study Medicare Advantage plan choice and selection among racial and ethnic minorities (African Americans and Hispanics) and low-income seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. I was also awarded an R03 to explore nursing home disparities among Hispanic beneficiaries with dementia.
My research has explored inequity in access and quality of care among vulnerable populations in Puerto Rico. I am a member of the Gerontological Society of America and my work at the GSA includes: The Impact of Diversity on Longevity Fitness: A Life-Course Perspective.