Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW

CPHI Senior Fellow

Title: Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Policy & Practice

Email: heather.klusaritz@uphs.upenn.edu

BA (psychology), Marquette University, 1997
MSW, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Public Health Interests:

Improving access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations, health disparities, health literacy and qualitative methodologies.  

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Heather Klusaritz is an instructor and health services researcher with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and lecturer at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Heather received her MSW at Penn and has practiced clinically at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for the last decade. Her research interests focus on the intersection between health care and social welfare policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Ms. Klusaritz has significant teaching experience with social work graduate and medical students as well as Family Medicine residents in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health inequities, health policy, and social welfare policy.

Select Presentations:

Jha A. K., Stone R., Lave J. R., Chen H., Klusaritz H., & Volpp K. (2010). The concentration of hospital care for black veterans in Veterans Affairs Hospitals:  Implications for clinical outcomes. Journal for Healthcare Quality.

Cederbaum, J.A., & Klusaritz, H. (2009). Field supervision: Using the strengths based approach with nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(8), 422-428.

Polsky, D., Jha, A., Lave, J., Pauly, M., Cen L., Klusaritz, H., et al.(2008). Short- and long-term mortality after an acute illness for elderly whites and blacks. Health Services Research, 43(4), 1388-1402.

Polsky, D. P., Lave, J., Klusaritz, H., Jha, A. K., Pauly, M. V., Cen, L., et al. (2007). Is lower 30-day mortality post-hospital admission among blacks unique to the Veterans Affairs Health Care system?" Medical Care, 45(11), 1083-1089.

Volpp, K. V., Stone, R., Lave, J., Jha, A.K., Pauly, M.V., Chen, H., Klusaritz, H., & Polsky, D.P. (2007). Is thirty-day hospital mortality really lower for black veterans compared with white veterans? Health Services Research, 42(4), 1613-1631.

Davitt, J. K., Zurlo, K., & Klusaritz, H. (2005). Applying techniques of policy and program analysis in geriatric care management. Geriatric Care Management Journal, 16(1), 9-15.