Shoshanna Sofaer is the Robert P. Luciano Professor of Health Care Policy at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College. She previously held academic positions at George Washington University Medical Center and the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed her M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Sofaer conducts research and publishes on topics including: the development of quality measures that resonate with consumers and patients; the design and dissemination of public reports on comparative health care quality; the development of tools patients and families can use to engage productively in their health and health care; the response of the public and policy makers to the use of cost-effectiveness analysis to make societal resource allocation decisions; ways to improve the effectiveness of health care professionals in caring for older people; and the development of state and local partnerships to pursue community health and health care improvement objectives.
She also conducts evaluations of both individual health care programs and clusters of programs. Dr. Sofaer is nationally known for her expertise in qualitative and mixed methods research and consults and trains widely on these issues. She is privileged to teach a highly diverse and motivated group of graduate students such subjects as the US health care system, health care policy, program evaluation, and management of public and non-profit organizations.
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Since it was founded in 1992, the Center for Advancing Health has aimed to increase people's engagement in their health and health care.
While advances in medical knowledge have been responsible for steady increases in the length and quality of life of Americans, the potential of health care to improve individual and population health in the future rests increasingly in the hands of individuals. Whether we are sick or well, we will not benefit from the expertise of health professionals and the technologies they deploy unless we participate actively and knowledgably in our own care. More