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    Susan Egerter, PhD

    TitleRecall Non-Faculty Academic
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Community Medicine
    Address3333 California Street
    San Francisco CA 94118
    Phone415-476-6620
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      Susan Egerter, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Co-Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH) at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work focuses on applying epidemiologic methods in policy-relevant studies of socioeconomic and racial-ethnic inequalities in maternal and infant health and health care, and on translating findings from that research to inform public health policy and practice through collaboration with local, state and national stakeholders and decision-makers. Dr. Egerter currently is project director of CSDH’s ongoing collaboration with the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program (CDPH/MCAH) to evaluate its Black Infant Health Program (BIH) serving low-income African-American pregnant and parenting women, and of a W.K.Kellogg Foundation-funded project aiming to further improve African-American maternal and infant health outcomes by supplementing core BIH program activities with interventions that more intensively address key social determinants of health. She also serves as a senior epidemiologist for California's Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA), an annual statewide representative postpartum survey conducted since 1999 by CDPH/MCAH in collaboration with CSDH. Dr. Egerter was co-director of research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s recent Commission to Build a Healthier America, which highlighted the role of social factors in shaping health and health disparities in this country, and project director and co-investigator on an Aetna Foundation-funded study exploring racial/ethnic disparities in cesarean deliveries in California. Dr. Egerter received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and trained as a perinatal epidemiologist at Yale University, where she received a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology in 1986. She first joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF in 1987 as a postdoctoral fellow in health services research.


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      1. Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Braveman PA, Egerter S, Marchi KS, Heck K, Curtis M. Latina Birth Outcomes in California: Not so Paradoxical. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Sep; 20(9):1849-60. PMID: 27025385; PMCID: PMC5007144 [Available on 09/01/17].
      2. Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Sánchez BN, Crawford PB, Egerter S. Association between competitive food and beverage policies in elementary schools and childhood overweight/obesity trends: differences by neighborhood socioeconomic resources. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 May; 169(5):e150781. PMID: 25938657; PMCID: PMC4449257 [Available on 05/04/16].
      3. Braveman PA, Heck K, Egerter S, Marchi KS, Dominguez TP, Cubbin C, Fingar K, Pearson JA, Curtis M. The role of socioeconomic factors in Black-White disparities in preterm birth. Am J Public Health. 2015 Apr; 105(4):694-702. PMID: 25211759.
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      4. Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Sánchez BN, Rosas LG, Baek J, Egerter S. Physical education policy compliance and children's physical fitness. Am J Prev Med. 2012 May; 42(5):452-9. PMID: 22516484.
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      5. Egerter S, Sadegh-Nobari T, Dekker M, Pollack C, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Housing and Health. 2011; 11 pages.
      6. Braveman P, Egerter S, Barclay C for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: What Shapes Health-Related Behaviors? The Role of Social Factors. 2011; 11 pages.
      7. Braveman P, Sadegh-Nobari T, Egerter S for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Early Childhood Experiences and Health. 2011; 10 pages.
      8. Cubbin C, Pedregon V, Egerter S, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Neighborhoods and Health. 2011; 11 pages.
      9. Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Woolf SH, Marks JS. When do we know enough to recommend action on the social determinants of health? Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jan; 40(1 Suppl 1):S58-66. PMID: 21146780.
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      10. Gottlieb L, Egerter S, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Health Impact Assessment. 2011; 13 pages.
      11. Braveman P, Egerter S, Williams DR. The social determinants of health: coming of age. Annu Rev Public Health. 2011; 32:381-98. PMID: 21091195.
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      12. Braveman P, Egerter S, Barclay C for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Income, Wealth and Health. 2011; 17 pages.
      13. Braveman P, Egerter S, An J, Williams D for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Race and Socioeconomic Factors. 2011; 16 pages.
      14. Egerter S, Braveman P, Sadegh-Nobari T, Grossman-Kahn R., Dekker M for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Education and Health. 2011; 16 pages.
      15. Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Mockenhaupt RE. Broadening the focus: the need to address the social determinants of health. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jan; 40(1 Suppl 1):S4-18. PMID: 21146778.
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      16. Egerter S, Dekker M, An J, Grossman-Kahn R, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Work and Health. 2011; 20 pages.
      17. Egerter S, Barclay C, Grossman-Kahn R, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Violence, Social Disadvantage and Health. 2011; 19 pages.
      18. Blumenshine PM, Egerter SA, Libet ML, Braveman PA. Father's education: an independent marker of risk for preterm birth. Matern Child Health J. 2011 Jan; 15(1):60-7. PMID: 20082129; PMCID: PMC3017319.
      19. Egerter S, Braveman P, Barclay C for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) . . Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health, Stress and Health. 2011; 13 pages.
      20. Blumenshine P, Egerter S, Barclay CJ, Cubbin C, Braveman PA. Socioeconomic disparities in adverse birth outcomes: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Sep; 39(3):263-72. PMID: 20709259.
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      21. Braveman PA, Cubbin C, Egerter S, Williams DR, Pamuk E. Socioeconomic disparities in health in the United States: what the patterns tell us. Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr 1; 100 Suppl 1:S186-96. PMID: 20147693; PMCID: PMC2837459.
      22. Egerter S, Braveman P, Cubbin C, Dekker M, Sadegh-Nobari T, An J, Grossman-Kahn R . . Reaching America’s Health Potential: A State-by-State Look at Adult Health. 2009; 20 pages.
      23. Braveman P, Marchi K, Egerter S, Kim S, Metzler M, Stancil T, Libet M. Poverty, near-poverty, and hardship around the time of pregnancy. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Jan; 14(1):20-35. PMID: 19037715.
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      24. Nuru-Jeter A, Dominguez TP, Hammond WP, Leu J, Skaff M, Egerter S, Jones CP, Braveman P. "It's the skin you're in": African-American women talk about their experiences of racism. an exploratory study to develop measures of racism for birth outcome studies. Matern Child Health J. 2009 Jan; 13(1):29-39. PMID: 18463971; PMCID: PMC3051354.
      25. Blumenshine P, Reingold A, Egerter S, Mockenhaupt R, Braveman P, Marks J. Pandemic influenza planning in the United States from a health disparities perspective. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 May; 14(5):709-15. PMID: 18439350; PMCID: PMC2600245.
      26. Egerter S, Braveman P, Pamuk E, Cubbin C, Dekker M, Pedregon V, Sadegh-Nobari T . . America’s Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?. 2008; 32 pages.
      27. Braveman, P. and Egerter, S. . . Overcoming Obstacles to Health. Report From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Commission to Build a Healthier America. 2008; 80 pages.
      28. Kim S, Egerter S, Cubbin C, Takahashi ER, Braveman P. Potential implications of missing income data in population-based surveys: an example from a postpartum survey in California. Public Health Rep. 2007 Nov-Dec; 122(6):753-63. PMID: 18051668; PMCID: PMC1997243.
      29. Lansky A, Barfield WD, Marchi KS, Egerter SA, Galbraith AA, Braveman PA. Early postnatal care among healthy newborns in 19 States: pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system, 2000. Matern Child Health J. 2006 May; 10(3):277-84. PMID: 16382330.
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      30. Braveman PA, Cubbin C, Egerter S, Chideya S, Marchi KS, Metzler M, Posner S. Socioeconomic status in health research: one size does not fit all. JAMA. 2005 Dec 14; 294(22):2879-88. PMID: 16352796.
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      31. Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Cubbin C, Marchi KS. An approach to studying social disparities in health and health care. Am J Public Health. 2004 Dec; 94(12):2139-48. PMID: 15569966; PMCID: PMC1448604.
      32. Egerter S, Braveman P, Marchi K, Cubbin C. . . Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health in California: Are We Making Progress? Lessons From California. 2004; 23 pages.
      33. Madlon-Kay DJ, DeFor TA, Egerter S. Newborn length of stay, health care utilization, and the effect of Minnesota legislation. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003 Jun; 157(6):579-83. PMID: 12796239.
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      34. Galbraith AA, Egerter SA, Marchi KS, Chavez G, Braveman PA. Newborn early discharge revisited: are California newborns receiving recommended postnatal services? Pediatrics. 2003 Feb; 111(2):364-71. PMID: 12563065.
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      35. Braveman P, Marchi K, Sarnoff R, Egerter S, Rittenhouse D, Salganicoff A . . Promoting access to prenatal care: Lessons from the California experience. 2003; 69 pages.
      36. Egerter S, Braveman P, Marchi K. Timing of insurance coverage and use of prenatal care among low-income women. Am J Public Health. 2002 Mar; 92(3):423-7. PMID: 11867324; PMCID: PMC1447093.
      37. Braveman P, Cubbin C, Marchi K, Egerter S, Chavez G. Measuring socioeconomic status/position in studies of racial/ethnic disparities: maternal and infant health. Public Health Rep. 2001 Sep-Oct; 116(5):449-63. PMID: 12042609; PMCID: PMC1497365.
      38. Nothnagle M, Marchi K, Egerter S, Braveman P. Risk factors for late or no prenatal care following Medicaid expansions in California. Matern Child Health J. 2000 Dec; 4(4):251-9. PMID: 11272345.
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      39. Braveman P, Marchi K, Egerter S, Pearl M, Neuhaus J. Barriers to timely prenatal care among women with insurance: the importance of prepregnancy factors. Obstet Gynecol. 2000 Jun; 95(6 Pt 1):874-80. PMID: 10831984.
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      40. Braveman P, Egerter S, Marchi K. The prevalence of low income among childbearing women in California: implications for the private and public sectors. Am J Public Health. 1999 Jun; 89(6):868-74. PMID: 10358677; PMCID: PMC1508648.
      41. Egerter SA, Braveman PA, Marchi KS. Follow-up of newborns and their mothers after early hospital discharge. Clin Perinatol. 1998 Jun; 25(2):471-81. PMID: 9647005.
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      42. Braveman P, Pearl M, Egerter S, Marchi K, Williams R. Validity of insurance information on California birth certificates. Am J Public Health. 1998 May; 88(5):813-6. PMID: 9585754; PMCID: PMC1508950.
      43. Braveman P, Kessel W, Egerter S, Richmond J. Early discharge and evidence-based practice. Good science and good judgment. JAMA. 1997 Jul 23-30; 278(4):334-6. PMID: 9228442.
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      44. Braveman P, Miller C, Egerter S, Bennett T, English P, Katz P, Showstack J. Health service use among low-risk newborns after early discharge with and without nurse home visiting. J Am Board Fam Pract. 1996 Jul-Aug; 9(4):254-60. PMID: 8829074.
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      45. Braveman P, Egerter S, Pearl M, Marchi K, Miller C. Problems associated with early discharge of newborn infants. Early discharge of newborns and mothers: a critical review of the literature. Pediatrics. 1995 Oct; 96(4 Pt 1):716-26. PMID: 7567337.
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      46. Braveman P, Egerter S, Edmonston F, Verdon M. Racial/ethnic differences in the likelihood of cesarean delivery, California. Am J Public Health. 1995 May; 85(5):625-30. PMID: 7733420; PMCID: PMC1615415.
      47. Bennett T, Braveman P, Egerter S, Kiely JL. Maternal marital status as a risk factor for infant mortality. Fam Plann Perspect. 1994 Nov-Dec; 26(6):252-6, 271. PMID: 7867772.
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      48. Braveman P, Schaaf VM, Egerter S, Bennett T, Schecter W. Insurance-related differences in the risk of ruptured appendix. N Engl J Med. 1994 Aug 18; 331(7):444-9. PMID: 7880234.
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      49. Braveman P, Bennett T, Lewis C, Egerter S, Showstack J. Access to prenatal care following major Medicaid eligibility expansions. JAMA. 1993 Mar 10; 269(10):1285-9. PMID: 8437308.
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      50. Braveman PA, Egerter S, Bennett T, Showstack J. Differences in hospital resource allocation among sick newborns according to insurance coverage. JAMA. 1991 Dec 18; 266(23):3300-8. PMID: 1960830.
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      51. Braveman P, Oliva G, Miller MG, Reiter R, Egerter S. Adverse outcomes and lack of health insurance among newborns in an eight-county area of California, 1982 to 1986. N Engl J Med. 1989 Aug 24; 321(8):508-13. PMID: 2761588.
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      52. Leventhal JM, Berg A, Egerter SA. Is intrauterine growth retardation a risk factor for child abuse? Pediatrics. 1987 Apr; 79(4):515-9. PMID: 3822669.
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      53. Leventhal JM, Shapiro ED, Aten CB, Berg AT, Egerter SA. Does breast-feeding protect against infections in infants less than 3 months of age? Pediatrics. 1986 Nov; 78(5):896-903. PMID: 3093969.
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      54. Leventhal JM, Egerter SA, Murphy JM. Reassessment of the relationship of perinatal risk factors and child abuse. Am J Dis Child. 1984 Nov; 138(11):1034-9. PMID: 6541869.
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