Angelica P. Herrera-Venson, Dr.PH, MPH, is a public health researcher, policy analyst, and gerontologist with 15 years of experience in community-based research on chronic disease management, caregiver health, and mental health in ethnic minority aging populations. In her previous role as an Associate Director and Senior Research Analyst at the National Council on Aging, she led research and policy driven initiatives on aging, disability, technology, and health disparities. Her record of publications reflects her substantial experience in data analysis and research methods, and rich multidisciplinary portfolio in gerontology, epidemiology, sociobehavioral, and health services research. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in health administration and policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where her research centered on the adaptation of care management technology to support care transitions for racial/ethnic minority older adults in subsidized housing to reduce hospital readmissions. As a Health and Aging Policy Fellow (2010-11) with the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Health IT and Quality, she examined health systems and policies affecting linkages between aging service providers and Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. As a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-2010) in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry under the Advanced Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), she completed a number of studies examining the role of leisure activities and cultural perceptions about successful aging on older Mexican Americans’ emotional health, cognition, and quality of life. During her time as a Kellogg Scholar in Health Disparities (2007-2008), she studied the role of family caregivers in determining the use of home- and community-based services and institutionalized care among older Mexican Americans. In addition, she led a subsection of a national initiative, Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials (EDICT), which pooled expert insights and recommendations for advancing new health policies and practices to enhance the equitable participation of older ethnic minorities in clinical research. Moreover, Dr. Herrera has an excellent record of project management experience, having managed multi-layered, complex research projects of an interdisciplinary nature, such as oversight of a 25-clinic FQHC’s health disparities research program, and has directed the staff and budgets of multiple state and federally funded programs on cancer, tuberculosis, and medical interpretation for NYU’s Center for Immigrant Health. Over the past 15 years, Dr Herrera work and training has demonstrated a commitment to a multi-disciplinary approach to health disparities and aging research and action through health policy and practice.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Administration on Aging (AoA)/Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)