Barbara Krimgold, Kellogg Health Scholars Program National Program Office

Barbara Krimgold has 35 years of health policy experience in Washington D.C., including high- level positions in the Office of Management and Budget and the Executive Office of the President during the Ford, Carter and Reagan administrations. She also served in the U.S. Senate, providing health and aging expertise to the Aging Committee and the Finance Committee. Most recently, Krimgold, a graduate of Harvard University and Radcliffe College, works with non-profit organizations and manages large programs for several foundations that support health research, research training and the translation of research so that it can be brought to bear on policy.

Based at the Center for Advancing Health since 2000, Krimgold currently serves as director of the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars National Program Office and Multidisciplinary Track. This postdoctoral program supports training and research at eight sites (Harvard, University of California San Francisco/Berkeley, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins and Morgan State). It focuses on developing new knowledge about the determinants of health and health disparities and translating that evidence-based research into recommendations for policy change and innovative program initiatives to reduce health inequalities.

Krimgold considers it a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to mentor many diverse and outstanding young professionals who will change the trajectory of health research and policy. With her strong support and encouragement and the leadership of Dolores Acevedo -Garcia, past and present participants in the Kellogg programs helped form the basis for CIPMH.

Research Interests and Projects

Recently, Krimgold co-directed the DiversityData and Website project which issued the report Children Left Behind: How U.S. Metropolitan Areas are Failing America’s Children, and she is a partner in a new project on determinants of child health and development headed by Dolores Acevedo-Garcia and involving Northeastern University and the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University and the Center for Advancing Health. Krimgold aspires to support and strengthen research focused on health equity and social justice. She is interested in pursuing change not only in the traditional health care arena but in the broader economic, labor, welfare, housing and environmental policies that strongly influence health outcomes.

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Acevedo-Garcia, D., McArdle, N., Osypuk, T., Lefkowitz, B., and Krimgold, B. (January 24, 2007) Children Left Behind: How US Metropolitan Areas are Failing America’s Children,
Diversity Data Website.

Syme, L., Lefkowitz, B., and Krimgold, B. (March/April 2002) Incorporating Socioeconomic Factors into U.S. Health Policy: Addressing the Barriers. Health Affairs 21(2)

Auerbach, J., and Krimgold, B., editors (2001) Income, Socioeconomic Status and Health: Exploring the Relationships, Washington, D.C.:National Policy Association. Chinese translation May 2002.

Krimgold, B, and Lefkowitz, B. (2001) Socioeconomic Status, Inequality and Health: Recent Evidence and Implications for Policy, Journal of Biolaw and Business, Special Supplement.

Auerbach, J., Krimgold, B., and Lefkowitz, B. (2000) Improving Health: It Doesn’t Take a Revolution, Washington, D.C.: National Policy Association. Chinese translation, 2002.

Costello, C., and Krimgold, B., editors (1996) The American Woman, 1996-97: Women and Work. New York: W.W. Norton.