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Michael Yedidia, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Center for State Health Policy
myedidia@ifh.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-4645

Michael J. Yedidia (Ph.D., Brandeis University; M.P.H., Yale University) is a Research Professor at the Center for State Health Policy. His research focuses on health professions education, prevention of childhood obesity, access to care, patient perspectives on health and illness, and quality improvement. He is currently program director for Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national initiative to support evaluation of interventions addressing the nurse faculty shortage (Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education). He also leads an NIH-funded study of the determinants of childhood obesity, following a panel of low-income children over five years and assessing the impact of aspects of the food and physical activity environment on weight status. A previous, related study was designed to inform the development of obesity prevention programs in five New Jersey cities. Research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality investigated new ways of structuring doctor-patient relationships to promote patient-centered care. Other recent projects include an evaluation of population health training programs for physicians and nurses, evaluation of an initiative to improve cardiac care for minority patients, a study of future roles for psychiatrists in the changing health care environment, and an assessment of the needs of family care givers for professional support. Previous research on patient perspectives on care includes studies of the experiences of dying patients during their final months of life and barriers to follow-up of abnormal mammograms among black women. Prior work on access to care includes research on the treatment of ischemic heart disease at a public hospital as compared to a private hospital and studies of the impact of social and organizational factors on the delivery of primary care. Previous evaluation studies include two multi-site, controlled evaluations of curricular interventions, one in undergraduate medical education (teaching communications competencies at three medical schools) and the other in graduate medical and nursing education (evaluation of Partnerships for Quality Education). Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Dr. Yedidia was a senior health services researcher at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and taught medical sociology, health policy, and research methods at the Department of Sociology and the Medical Education Program at Brown University. He received his M.P.H. from Yale and his Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University.


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