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Michael R. Cousineau

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Michael R. Cousineau

Associate Professor of Community Health Family Medicine's Research Division
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
policy issues in health care
health care financing
health insurance coverage
Los Angeles health programs for the poor and homeless
health surveys


Michael R. Cousineau is a associate professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Cousineau's work focuses on policy issues that impact access to primary care, health care financing, and health insurance coverage. He has conducted many funded research projects, most recently "The effects of privatization on health services for the poor in Los Angeles," funded by the Randolph and Doris Haynes Foundation. He is currently funded by The California Endowment to evaluate health programs for the poor. Cousineau has also served as principal investigator of the Los Angeles Health Survey for the L.A. County Department of Health Services. Before coming to USC, Cousineau served as associate director of public programs with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, program officer/consultant for the California Wellness Foundation and executive director of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in publications such as the "Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved," "Public Health Reports," "Health Care Financing Review," "Evaluation Review" and "American Behavioral Scientist."

University of Southern California
Off Campus, HSA 7406, M/C 0000
Los Angeles  California  90007
United States
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