RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Health Policy, Health Services Research
Area(s) of Expertise:
Global Health, Primary Health Care, Health Disparities, Program Evaluation
James Macinko is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Community Health Sciences. He is a health services researcher specializing in global health and health policy analysis. Main areas of research include assessing the impact of health reforms and policy changes, developing tools to evaluate health system performance, and exploring the role of health policies and services in the production and potential reduction of health inequities. His field experience has included evaluation of primary health care programs and policies in Brazil and in other Latin America and Caribbean countries; assessment of microenterprise development programs in Sub-Saharan Africa; and working with the Latino communities of Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City to identify and eliminate barriers to primary health care.
Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA in 2015, Dr. Macinko was Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Policy at New York University and former director of the NYU MPH program. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2008 and a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil in 2002.
Macinko’s publications have appeared in The Lancet, the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, the Milbank Quarterly, Health Services Research, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology, and others. His work has received support from many institutions, including the NIH (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Child Health and Development, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, and the government of Brazil’s Ministry of Health.