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Joe Feinglass

Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN
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Dr. Feinglass is a health services researcher with a degree in Public Policy Analysis. He has over 20 years of experience in health policy, quality improvement, health disparities, medical informatics, patient safety, and social epidemiology research with over 150 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Feinglass has a longstanding interest in the economics of government and private health system regulatory interventions, health manpower and delivery system planning, access to care and health insurance, racial disparities, health literacy, and socioeconomic status and health. Dr. Feinglass has taught in the Northwestern University Masters of Public Health Degree Program since 1996. He formerly taught History and Political Science at Harper and Oakton Community Colleges in the Chicago suburbs. He is on the Board of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Science.


How Lack of Insurance Hurts Health and Wellbeing

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"A Long-Term Payoff for a Medicaid Expansion in Maine: Significantly Better Health," Joe Feinglass, Bangor Daily News, September 16, 2014.
"The Deadly Cost of Being Uninsured," Joe Feinglass, Al Jazeera America, April 24, 2014.
Joe Feinglass's research on health benefits for suburban uninsured poor people who are granted access to primary care discussed by Staff Writers, "Health Care Safety Net Catches Suburban Poor," Science Codex, September 12, 2013.


"Access to Care Outcomes: A Telephone Interview Survey of a Suburban Safety Net Program" (with Narissa J. Nonzee, Kara R. Murphy, Richard Endress, and Melissa A. Simon). Journal of Community Health (2013).
Looks at changes in health status and utilization of health care after enrollment in a suburban county access-to-care program for the uninsured.
"In Search of ‘Low Health Literacy’: Thresholds versus Gradient Effect of Literacy on Health Status and Mortality" (with Michael S. Wolf, Jason Thompson, and David W. Baker). Social Science in Medicine 70, no. 9 (2010): 1335-1341.
Examines the effects of health literacy and socioeconomic status on life expectancy.
"Correlates of Improvement in Walking Ability among Older Persons in the United States" (with Jing Song, Larry M. Manheim, Pamela Semanik, Rowland W. Chang, and Dorothy Dunlop). American Journal of Public Health 99, no. 3 (2009): 533-539.
Discusses an epidemiology of disability and improvements in functioning of the older U.S. population.
"Baseline Health, Socioeconomic Status, and 10 Year Mortality among Older Middle-Aged Americans: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study, 1992-2002" (with Suru Lin, Jason Thompson, Joseph Sudano, Dorothy Dunlop, Jing Song, and David W. Baker). Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 62, no. 4 (2007): S209-S217.
Analyzes whether socioeconomic status in older middle age continues to be associated with 10-year survival after data are controlled for baseline health status.
"Health Insurance Coverage and the Risk of Death and Decline in Overall Health among the Near Elderly, 1992-2002" (with David W. Baker, Joseph Sudano, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Whitney P. Witt, and Jason Thompson). Medical Care 44, no. 3 (2006): 277-282.
Studies the lack of health insurance’s effects on health.
"Changes in Health for the Uninsured after Reaching Age-Eligibility for Medicare" (with David W. Baker, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Whitney P. Witt, Joseph Sudano, and Jason Thompson). Journal of General Internal Medicine 21, no. 11 (2006): 1144-1149.
Weighs the impact of uninsurance on health and advantages for a Medicare buy-in program.