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Gail Jensen Summers

Gail Jensen (Summers) is Professor of Economics and Director of Training at the Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University.  Her current research interests include the evaluation of health system reforms, the determinants of healthcare disparities, the effects of Medicare payment generosity on beneficiaries' access to care and satisfaction with care, and the economics of health insurance. She has published more than 100 scholarly works over the years, primarily peer-reviewed journal articles.  She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1986.


In 2007 the Michigan Public Health Institute honored Professor Jensen for "outstanding service and devotion to public health." In 2011 the Board of Governors of Wayne State University awarded her a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, recognizing that "her achievements and current activities in scholarship and research are of an exceptional caliber and continue to hold national distinction."  In 1995 Professor Jensen was named a Senior Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) in Dallas, TX, primarily for her work on the economics of insurance regulation, and in 1999 she was named a Fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington, DC.

Professor Jensen has served as the Principal Investigator on two R01 grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Her research has also been supported (through grants and contracts) by the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Health Care Financing Administration, and other organizations.  Over the years she has been awarded over $1,500,000 in funded research as a Principal Investigator.

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