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Joan O'Connell, PhD 

Associate Professor 

Research Interests:
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Health Issues
  • Diabetes
  • Oral Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Teaching Areas:
  • Health Economics
  • Current Research:
  • Indian Health Service: “Cost analysis of the Diabetes Prevention and Healthy Heart demonstration programs”
    Analyze the cost and savings associated with the demonstration programs which are implemented in over 60 American Indian and Alaska Native communities throughout the U.S.
  • National Institutes of Health/NHBLI: “Web-based, Patient-centered Approach to CVD Risk-factor Management and Reduction”: Examine the cost-effectiveness of the telephone and web-based intervention aimed at reducing the risk of heart disease among American Indians with diabetes.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Circles of Care Evaluation Technical Assistance Center”
    Provide evaluation technical assistance concerning program evaluation and economic impact to grantees from American Indian communities and organizations funded under the Center for Mental Health Services’ Circles of Care Initiative.
  • National Instituties of Health/NIDCR: “Center for Native Oral Health Research”: Evaluate health and economic outcomes of two interventions implementated to reduce early childhood caries in two American Indian communities.
  • The Colorado Trust: “Denver Children’s Oral Health – Implementation Program”: Evaluate health and economic outcomes associated with Healthy Smiles for Students, a school-based oral health intervention program for elementary school children in the Denver Public School system. 
  • Indian Health Service: “A Study of Diabetes among American Indians from the Blackfeet Tribe:" The major goals of this study are to examine comorbidities among American Indians with diabetes from the Blackfeet Tribe, described their medical service utilization, and assess Indian Health Service resources allocated to their treatment.   
  • Education:
  • Tufts University School of Engineering, BS, Applied Mathematics, 1979
  • John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, MHS, Health Sciences, 1983
  • University of Colorado, PhD, Economics, 1996

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