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Ninez Ponce: Making California’s Diverse Populations Count


For Dr. Ninez Ponce, the opportunity to participate in developing a groundbreaking state health survey shortly after earning her Ph.D. in 1998 was “a dream come true.” More than a decade later, Ponce, an associate professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and associate director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, is the new principal investigator of the same California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), now the nation’s largest state health survey and widely admired for the detailed picture it provides of the health and health care needs of California’s diverse population.