Lopez-DeFede, Ana

Research Professor

Dr. Lopez-De Fede currently directs interdisciplinary research dedicated to exploring the links between health, place, and family well-being. Her publications and professional interest are in health care systems change, Medicaid financing of health care, service delivery to rural and minority communities, immigrant health issues, maternal and child health (birth outcomes), behavioral health (mental and substance use), and the social and cultural determinants of health.

Biographical Profile

College of Social Work
Families in Society, Institute
Tenure Status
Non-Tenure Track

International Activity

International Activities
Type of Activity
Other (Public Health Rotation)
Cuba and El Salvador
Six- week public health rotation in Cuba learning and interacting with members of the School of Medicine and Public Health to explore the delivery of maternal and birth delivery services across Cuba with an emphasis on high-risk patients.
MEDDIC collaboration between the United States and Cuba
Institutional Focus Areas
Biomedical Sciences, Health Disparities, Behavioral Sciences, Health Sciences
Extended Residence in Foreign Country
Yes (Dominican Republic — Immigrated from the Dominican Republic.)
Speaks Non-English Language
Yes (Spanish)

Interest Background

Do you include students in your research?
Interest Keywords
Health policy; Health Services Research; Health Care Outcomes; Financing Health; Minority Health; Social Determinants;
Institutional Focus Areas
Biomedical Sciences, Health Disparities, Behavioral Sciences, Health Sciences
Personal Focus Areas
State health care policy; Public health insurance programs (Medicaid and Medicare), Access to health care among vulnerable populations, Economic cost analysis; Social and Cultural Determinants of Health Status

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
2014 Award Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award Office of the Vice President for Research, University of South Carolina
2020 Award Avedis Donabedian Award for outstanding contributions to quality assurance and improvement of health care American Public Health Association
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