Fellows

Fac­ulty

Mark Diana, PhD, MSMBA

Is the W.C. Tsai and P.T. Kung Pro­fes­sor in Health Sys­tems Man­age­ment and Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Global Health Sys­tems and Devel­op­ment Depart­ment and is jointly appointed in the Depart­ment of Anes­the­si­ol­ogy in the School of Med­i­cine at Tulane Uni­ver­sity.  His funded projects include ana­lyz­ing the impact of health infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy on health out­comes and health sys­tem func­tion­ing.  He has pub­lished exten­sively on the adop­tion of health infor­ma­tion sys­tems and its impact on patient care and the orga­ni­za­tion of med­ical practice.

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Thomas W. Car­ton, Phd

Thomas W. Car­ton is the Direc­tor of Ana­lyt­ics at the Louisiana Pub­lic Health Insti­tute.  He con­ceives, man­ages, and coor­di­nates many aspects of research across mul­ti­ple pro­grams, regional staff, and estab­lished part­ners.  As the Prin­ci­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor of the Louisiana Clin­i­cal Data Research Net­work, he leads a large, multi-institutional team poised to estab­lish a prag­matic research infra­struc­ture across the state.   As ana­lyt­ics lead for the Greater New Orleans Health Infor­ma­tion Exchange, a com­mu­nity gov­erned health infor­ma­tion net­work, he has the back­ground, con­nec­tions, and expe­ri­ence to lead research pri­or­i­ties and patient engage­ment.  He teaches a Doctoral-level course in Econo­met­rics at the Tulane Uni­ver­sity School of Pub­lic Health, where he is an Adjunct Professor.

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Dr. Valerie Yeager

Is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Tulane Uni­ver­sity School of Pub­lic Health and Trop­i­cal Med­i­cine in the Depart­ment of Global Health Sys­tems and Devel­op­ment.  Her  research applies a health ser­vices research per­spec­tive to var­i­ous set­tings and issues rang­ing from pub­lic health depart­ments to physi­cian prac­tices and from access to care to qual­ity improve­ment.  Much of her work is con­ducted at the sys­tem or orga­ni­za­tional level and is part of a nation­ally grow­ing area of research called pub­lic health sys­tems and ser­vices research (PHSSR). Recent stud­ies have exam­ined pub­lic health part­ner­ships and qual­ity improve­ment in local pub­lic health set­tings. Other research has focused on the use of health infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy such as health infor­ma­tion exchange, elec­tronic health records, and SMS across var­i­ous set­tings, loca­tions, and pop­u­la­tions.  She has also served as an inves­ti­ga­tor on stud­ies that exam­ined, for exam­ple, state and local bar­ri­ers to uti­liz­ing pub­lic health emer­gency response funds dur­ing dis­as­ters, the orga­ni­za­tion and struc­ture of pub­lic health depart­ments, and the impact of the 2010 Gulf oil spill on the health­care sec­tor in Alabama.

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Dr. Paul Hutchinson

Is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at Tulane Uni­ver­sity School of Pub­lic Health and Trop­i­cal Med­i­cine in the Depart­ment of Global Health Sys­tems and Devel­op­ment.  He spe­cial­izes in health eco­nom­ics. His main areas of inter­est include, (1) eval­u­at­ing access to and esti­mat­ing the demand for pri­mary health care ser­vices, (2) exam­in­ing the role of socioe­co­nomic sta­tus in affect­ing health behav­iors and health out­comes, (3) eval­u­at­ing decen­tral­iza­tion pro­grams, and (4) study­ing issues related to the financ­ing of health care in devel­op­ing coun­tries. Hutchin­son is involved with sev­eral projects, includ­ing the MEASURE Eval­u­a­tion Project, for which he has con­ducted impact eval­u­a­tions of USAID health projects in Bangladesh and South Africa, as well as eval­u­a­tions of decen­tral­iza­tion pro­grams in Uganda and Tan­za­nia. He is also the PI for a study of the inci­dence of vasec­tomies in the United States. Prior to join­ing the fac­ulty at Tulane, Hutchin­son was a research asso­ciate at the Car­olina Pop­u­la­tion Cen­ter (CPC) at the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina (and pre-doctoral trainee at CPC). Hutchin­son has also spent time work­ing for the World Bank at their Res­i­dent Mis­sion in Kam­pala, Uganda. He received his PhD in eco­nom­ics (focus on health eco­nom­ics and econo­met­rics) from the Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina at Chapel Hill.

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