Dr. José A. Pagán, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, for the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth (UNTHSC), has been named to the National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health & Society Scholars. The NAC consists of distinguished representatives from academia, government agencies and public policy to guide program policy, review scholar applications, participate in annual meetings and assist in monitoring site performance. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program seeks to improve the nation’s health by addressing factors that affect health and inform policy.
In addition to his work at the UNTHSC School of Public Health, Dr. Pagán also serves as adjunct senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as professor of economics and director of the Institute for Population Health Policy at the University of Texas-Pan American from 2005 to 2009. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2005.
He is also a member of the NAC for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, and is a member of the foundation’s Roundtable on Health and Health Care, a new Alumni Network initiative focusing on implementing health care reform.
Dr. Pagán’s research focus centers on the effects of uninsurance on health care access and quality in local health care markets.
He recently published co-authored papers on “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Awareness of Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 2009; “Material Resources and Population Health: Disadvantages in Health Care, Housing, and Food Among Adults Over 50 Years of Age,” American Journal of Public Health, November 2009; and “Context matters: Where would you be the least worse off in the US if you were uninsured?,” Health Policy, January 2010.
In 2007, he and Dr. Dominick Frosch received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs on health behaviors.
He received his PhD in economics from the University of New Mexico in 1995.