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UCLA Fielding School Faculty Named to Editorial Board of the Milbank Quarterly

Thomas Rice and Ninez Ponceprofessors in the Department of Health Policy and Management, have been named to the editorial board of the Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed healthcare journal covering health care policy.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Two members of the faculty at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, both of whom serve in the Department of Health Policy and Management, have been named to the editorial advisory board of the Milbank Quarterly, a quarterly peer-reviewed healthcare journal covering health care policy.

Distinguished Professor Thomas Rice and Professor Ninez Ponce were named to three-year-long terms on the board this month, said Quarterly Editor Alan Cohen.

“We are delighted to welcome these distinguished scholars and thought leaders to the board, and look forward to working with them," Cohen said. "We are confident that they will add value to the journal in their roles as advisors to the editorial team.”

The 38 scholars who comprise the new board come from a broad array of disciplines, health professions, and academic organizations. Collectively, they bring fresh perspectives and new areas of expertise to the journal in various aspects of population health and health policy.

The Quarterly is one of the most prestigious journals of its type in the United States, and was established in 1923 on behalf of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The New York City-based Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that works to improve the health of populations by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience.

Ponce is also director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey. She has taught courses in health economics, health policy analysis, global health, and advanced research methods; her research contributes to the elimination of racial/ ethnic/ social disparities in health. Ponce has received numerous awards from community organizations recognizing her work in community-engaged research. In 2019, Ponce and colleagues received the AcademyHealth Impact award for their contributions to population health measurement to inform public policies. 

Rice, a health economist, has studied international health care systems, competition and regulation, behavioral economics, and health insurance. His upcoming book, Health Insurance Systems in High-Income Countries, will be published in 2021. He has also written books on health economics, the behavioral economics of health, and the US health care system. Rice, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, previously served as editor of the journal Medical Care Research and Review from 1994 to 2000.