Faculty & Staff
Learn more about the members and staff of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Choose from the following:
Research & Program Staff
Manisha Agrawal, Senior Research Analyst
Manisha Agrawal (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center, where she provides research and project management support for the Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education National Program Office, evaluation of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health community grants, and ShapingNJ obesity projects. She has been providing assistance at the Center on a number of research projects including, Comparative Effectiveness of Prehospital and Hospital Emergency Care, Expecting Success in Cardiac Care, New Jersey Hospital Quality Initiative, Economics of Nursing Conference and Use of Technology in CHF. She provided research support for Business Case for Transforming Care at the Bedside project and also worked as a clinical research associate for the UMDNJ Heart Failure Program. She received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree from India and an M.P.H. in Health Systems and Policy from the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
Jolene Chou, Senior Research Analyst
Jolene Chou (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center. Currently, she is part of the Center’s team leading a 3-year initiative to facilitate the adaptation of an innovative high-utilizer care management model in four cities across the U.S. This initiative is supported by the Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Jolene focuses on providing data-related technical assistance to clinical partners. Jolene also supports the data analysis and dissemination of the results from the National Survey of Nurse Faculty, which explores nurse faculty’s job characteristics, workload, and attitudes toward work-life. Additionally, she is a member of the Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education National Program Office, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support evaluations of interventions to address nurse faculty shortage and expand teaching capacity. Previously, Jolene has contributed to the Center’s health reform research portfolio, and assisted in the RWJF-funded Childhood Obesity Study. Prior to joining the Center, Jolene was the senior research associate at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City, where she provided technical assistance to program and clinical staff on designing evaluation projects and analyzing data, and participated in community-based research projects in collaboration with academic researchers.
Jennifer Farnham, Senior Research Analyst
Jennifer Farnham (M.S., University of Wisconsin) is a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University. She is currently analyzing health care delivery systems reforms and investigating the prevalence and treatment of chronic conditions in population health data. Her past work has involved assisting government and nonprofit clients with strategic planning and program evaluation to address population health needs. She worked with several states to help them design and implement community-based long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities, including the evaluation of a pilot program where nurses taught home care aides to perform health maintenance tasks. She utilizes qualitative methods such as interviewing, observation and the design and analysis of open-ended survey questions as well as quantitative methods such as the design and/or analysis of large-scale surveys. Prior to her experience at the Center, Ms. Farnham conducted interviews and provided analysis for a research project investigating lawyers’ collaborations with social workers, doctors and community advocates to improve services provided to low and moderate income people. She also designed and analyzed focus groups and surveys for a project investigating economic strategies of households in nonmetropolitan areas.
David Goldin, Research Analyst
David Goldin (M.A., Economics - Northeastern University) is a Research Analyst at the Center for State Health Policy. His current focus is on the quantitative analysis of State of New Jersey Medicaid claims data for various CSHP research projects. In the past, he has been involved in research support for a variety of projects including behavioral health carve outs and their effects on mental health and substance abuse treatment, risk transfer, accountability and performance standards in managed care organizations, children’s welfare (focusing on the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being), drug and alcohol abuse treatment, and several Medicare-related projects.
Kristen Lloyd, Senior Research Scientist
Kristen Lloyd (M.P.H., UMDNJ School of Public Health) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for State Health Policy where she provides data management, statistical analysis, and quantitative support for various projects. Her current focus is on monitoring and evaluating health system performance improvements in NJ’s Medicaid program through the Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver and Medicaid ACO Demonstration projects. Her research interests include the investigation of factors that impact access to medical and dental care, particularly disparities in access by immigration status, race/ethnicity, and insurance coverage. She also investigates environmental determinants of childhood obesity among urban youth. Prior to joining the Center, she worked for the UMDNJ School of Public Health as a Project Coordinator for a retrospective cohort study investigating racial disparities in breast cancer treatment. She received her M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey) and a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Georgian Court University.
Oliver Lontok, Senior Research Manager
Oliver Lontok, M.D., M.P.H., is a Senior Research Manager at the Center for State Health Policy (CSHP). His current focus is on providing oversight and management of many critical research infrastructure activities, including IRB submissions, conflicts of interest, and compliance and grant/contract reporting. Oliver also provides research support for the Center's portfolios which focus on access and coverage and health systems performance improvement. Prior to joining CSHP, he worked with the Cancer Institute of NJ and the Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine studying the role of alternative medicine among cancer patients. Additionally, Oliver was a National Research Service Award Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where, among other responsibilities, he worked with provider groups participating in the SCOPE project, studying colorectal cancer screening rates in New Jersey. In December 2012, Oliver was elected to the executive board of the New Jersey Public Health Association. He is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).
Bram Poquette, Editorial/Media Specialist
Bram Poquette (M.L.I.S., Rutgers University) is an Editorial/Media Specialist at the Center for State Health Policy, where he oversees the Center's information resources, publications, and Web presence, as well as aiding in grant management. Prior to joining CSHP, Mr. Poquette worked at Brown University's Center for Gerontology & Health Care Research in a similar capacity, providing support in areas such as hospice and nursing home care. His additional interests include the process of research (mainly information seeking and utilization); the correlation between cognitive development and the construction of electronic resource search statements; and the evolution of, and relationship between, print and electronic media.