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Steven P. Wallace

Professor, Community Health Sciences


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Community Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information

21-275A, CHS / 10960 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1550

Areas of Interest: 

Access to health care and health equity for older people, including projects that identify inequities in health status and in the use of health services for Latino, African American, Asian American, and American Indian elders; analyses of public policies that impact older adults; access to health care and public policies for immigrants from Latin America; organizational capacity building projects in communities of color; and projects that investigate equity of access for the elderly to health resources within and between countries in Latin America.

Steven P. Wallace, PhD, is the chair and professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Center). Wallace is a leading national scholar in the area of aging in communities of color. He has published research on access to long-term care by diverse elderly groups, disparities in the consequences of health policy changes on racial/ethnic minority elderly, and the politics of aging. His research covers older Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian-Pacific Islander Americans, and African Americans. He has also published research on immigrant health for more than 20 years. The over 70 scientific articles that Wallace has published appear in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Gerontology, and Social Science and Medicine. Ten of his publications have been reprinted in edited books and he has coauthored more than two dozen policy briefs and reports at the Center. 


Wallace is currently PI of a DHHS-funded project to increase the use of clinical preventive services among adults age 50+ in South Los Angeles County, another funded by CDC to increase the supply of smoke-free market-rate apartments in South LA, and a project looking at how Community Health Centers are providing access to care to the remaining uninsured post-ACA implementation. With support from the Wellness Foundation he has produced a series of reports on vulnerable elderly populations in California over the past several years. He is Director of the Coordinating Center for the NIA-funded Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research and co-director for evaluation of the NIH's Diversity Consortium. He is a past chair of the Gerontological Health Section of APHA and a past chair of the Task Force on Health and Aging of the Association of Schools of Public Health. In 2000, Wallace received a Fulbright Fellowship to research and lecture in Chile, where he studied the impact of public policies on health equity for the elderly. 


His current research also focuses on healthy aging among older Californians, measuring income security for older adults, and studying access to care issues of Mexican immigrants. Wallace received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. 

PhD Sociology, University of California - San Francisco
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Selected Courses: 
Immigrant Health
Race, Class, Culture, and Aging
Health Policy and the Elderly
Program Evaluation
Selected Publications: 

Wallace, Steven P. Equity and Social Determinants of Health Among Older Adults. Generations. 38:4 (2015), 6-11.

Leite, Paula, Xochitl Castaneda, Steven P. Wallace, et al. Migration & Health. Mexican immigrants in the US: A 10 year perspective. Mexico, DF: Secretaría de Gobernación/Consejo Nacional de Població, October 2014. Available in English & Spanish at

Wallace SP, Padilla-Frausto DI, Smith SE. Economic Need among Older Latinos: Applying the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2013 Jul 16.

Kietzman KG, Wallace SP, Durazo EM, Torres JM, Choi AS, Benjamin AE, Mendez-Luck C. A portrait of older californians with disabilities who rely on public services to remain independent. Home Health Care Serv Q. 2012;31(4):317-36. doi: 10.1080/01621424.2012.734744.

Wallace, Steven P. Social Determinants of Health Inequities and Healthcare in Old Age. Pp. 99-118 in Thomas Prohaska, Lynda Anderson, Robert Binstock, eds. Public Health for an Aging Society. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2012.

Arredondo A, Orozco E, Wallace SP, Rodríguez M. Health insurance for undocumented immigrants: opportunities and barriers on the Mexican side of the US border. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar;27(1):50-62. doi: 10.1002/hpm.1100. Epub 2011 Aug 5.

Wallace SP, Long-term Care Policy and Older Latinos. Pp. 243-257 in Angel J, Torres-Gil F, Markides K, eds. Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population. New York: Springer. 2012.