Pourat focuses on assessing disparities in access to care of underserved populations, including the role of the health care delivery system in disparities and health care outcomes. Within this context, she has examined disparities in insurance coverage (e.g., Medicaid, private insurance) and health care utilization (e.g., preventive, primary, specialty, oral health, mental health, acute care) in multiple settings (e.g., safety net, private practice) and for multiple populations (e.g., immigrants and undocumented, Asian Americans, low-income adults, older adults). She has also examined the role of organization of the health care delivery system (e.g., dentist, physician, and health center supply and characteristics) and efforts to modify and improve the system (e.g., primary care redesign and patient-centered medical home, safety-net system integration) on access to care of general and underserved populations.
Pourat has extensive experience in evaluations of national (e.g., the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center Program), statewide (e.g., California Medicaid 1115 Waiver programs including WPC and PRIME, Health Homes Program), and local (e.g., Parks after Dark, Smokefree Housing) programs using mixed methods evaluation designs. She also has extensive experience in design and implementation of surveys of individuals and professionals and participates in design of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) by serving on the adult technical advisory committee and content specific technical workgroups.
Pourat received her undergraduate degree in psychology from CSU Northridge and her master of science and doctorate in health services at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Starting this year, California is extending its public health insurance coverage to undocumented adults between 26 and 49 years old, making the state the first to offer a comprehensive plan to those without legal status ... some researchers believe it will save the state money in the long run. But this all assumes people will sign up, said Nadereh Pourat, who heads the Center for Health Policy Research’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program at UCLA.