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Laura Chavez (2015)

Laura Chavez (2015)

Prior to beginning her doctoral wok, Laura earned her MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in 2009. During the PhD Program, Laura worked as a Research Health Science Specialist in Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle.

Laura was the 2013-2014 Student Representative on the Health Services PhD Program Academic Affairs Committee.

Laura’s research interests include health economics, unhealthy alcohol use among vulnerable populations, and implications for patient safety and quality of care.

Laura received an AHRQ R36 dissertation award to examine the role of unhealthy alcohol use in increasing risk for 30-day hospital readmissions, emergency department use, and costs among older veterans."