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Lori Ann Post, PhD is the Buehler Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the inaugural Director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics. She moved from Michigan State (Assistant Prof and Research Dean), Yale University (Associate Prof and Research Director, Research Section Chief), and now full professor and center director at Northwestern University. She did her dissertation (Applied Demography) indirectly estimating the invisible population of elderly women being abused and exploited, funded by CDC. She was funded by the Center for Medicare to develop a background check system to vet the healthcare workforce for persons in long-term care. The state of Michigan is the only pilot state still using the system. Dr. Post wrote the legislation for “Best Practices” in background checks for the Affordable Healthcare Act which appropriated $3,000,000 per state and territory to develop a system similar to Michigan. Dr. Post has also been funded by Medicaid to derive estimates of various types of abuse and disabilities. Dr. Post worked with Yale New Haven Health Care System to develop an App to screen for disabilities and to provide healthcare providers with a prognostic score of death, admit, and return to the ED at 30 days. This project is listed on AHRQ’s website as one of their successful studies. Dr. Post has been working in information technology or Informatics and violence prevention/intervention for the past 20 years including the first sexual assault surveillance system and a community based violence intervention - - both funded by CDC. Dr. Post is a seasoned researcher who utilizes unique mixed methods studies to address complex problems. Furthermore, she works on a line of research to mobilize Public Will to align with Political Will to reduce violence.

Dr. Post is working on a variety of injury studies. First, related to the opioid crisis, she is working on patterns, hotspots, and spatial heterogeneity of opioid overdose deaths; economic drivers of the opioid epidemic by looking at how pharmaceutical companies incentivizing physicians to write opioid prescriptions, which results in increased prescriptions and overdose deaths; and the social construction of addiction. In the area of aging she is: funded by the Department of Justice to develop an abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation screening tool(Dept of Justice); working with the Vice President for International Relations to link aging researchers from Northwestern with investigators working in similar areas in Israel, Hong Kong, and Singapore; and helping the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation to develop a measure of excellence in Long-Term Care facilities. Finally, Dr. Post is examining adverse health outcomes of food insecurity and how they result in human right's violations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Michigan State University

… → 1999

Research interests keywords

  • Aging
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Eldercare
  • Epidemiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Global Health
  • Health Communications
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Injury Prevention
  • International Health
  • Public Policy
  • Violence Prevention


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