Kathryn G. Kietzman, PhD, MSW is a researcher at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Fielding School of Public Health where she directs studies concerned with the health and social care needs of older adults and their families in the community. Her research agenda focuses primarily on the needs of the most physically, socially and financially vulnerable of older adults who depend on public programs and other informal supports to continue to live safely at home. She is the project director of the “Helping Older-adults Maintain independencE” (HOME) Study, a SCAN Foundation-funded longitudinal and qualitative evaluation documenting the perspectives of older Californians who are insured by both Medicare and Medi-Cal (i.e., “dual eligibles”). Dr. Kietzman also directs the Community Health Innovations in Prevention for Seniors (CHIPS) project, a CDC-funded systematic review of community-based programs designed to increase the uptake of clinical preventive services, such as cancer screenings, immunizations and blood pressure checks, among adults ages 50 and over.
Dr. Kietzman conducted her fellowship in the office of Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) where she worked on a broad array of health care reform initiatives related to mental health, aging, chronic care coordination, prevention and wellness, and the integration of health care delivery systems. Her more recent policy work includes serving on the Board of Directors for the American Society on Aging and for the Center for Health Care Rights which provides education, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries in Los Angeles County. Dr. Kietzman earned her doctorate in social welfare from the UCLA School of Public Affairs where her dissertation research was supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Kietzman completed both Bachelor and Master degrees in social welfare at UC Berkeley.