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Susan Hernandez - Epidemiologist II, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Susan Hernandez - Epidemiologist II, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Dr. Susan Hernandez earned her MPA in Health Policy and Management from New York University in 2008. During her doctoral studies at University of Washington, she worked closely with her Chair, Dr. Paul Hebert, to complete her dissertation "A First Look at the Patient-Centered Medical Home for Minority Veterans: Implementation and Utilization" before graduating in 2015. 

During her doctoral studies, Dr. Hernandez was a trainee on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant. She subsequently worked as a research assistant on two projects for Dr. Doug Conrad: 1. evaluating the success of state and regional payment-reform efforts; and 2. patient-centered care innovations. She then worked with Dr. Paul Hebert on the national evaluation of the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) Patient Aligned Care Teams. In 2013, Dr. Hernandez was an invited participant in TEDMED Live event held in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Hernandez was granted an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R36 Dissertation Award for her project "A First Look at PCMH for Minority Veterans: Implementation and Utilization." The goal of the was to test 1) whether implementation varied by the percent of minority veterans served at a VHA facility; and 2) whether the association between PACT implementation and changes in healthcare utilization differed across individuals of racial/ethnic minority groups. 

After graduation, Dr. Hernandez continued her work at the VHA as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services. Susan is now an Epidemiologist II in the Assessment, Policy Development & Evaluation Unit at Public Health-Seattle & King County. She is also bilingual in Spanish and English.