Belue Receives Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Study Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

July 6, 2006

(University Park, Pa)— Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute on behalf of Dr. Rhonda Belue, assistant professor of health policy and administration, has been awarded a $48,561 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Belue will examine racial and ethnic disparities in the quality and type of care at hospitals and ambulatory care facilities. Her study will explore factors associated with racial and ethnic disparities in patients’ perceptions of the quality and receipt of care. In addition, the study will examine the characteristics and types of facilities in which minority children receive care and the quality of care those facilities provide.

Dr. Belue’s research has focused on methodologies for developing and evaluating interventions to reduce health disparities for chronic relapsing disease in low income families. Prior to coming to Penn State in 2005, she was a division leader for public health research and evaluation at the Metropolitan Public Health Department in Nashville, TN.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 30 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

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Editors: Dr. Belue can be reached at (814) 865-6898 or rzb10@psu.edu. For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.