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Dr. Julia A. Rivera Drew is a research scientist in the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Population Center and co-investigator of the IPUMS Health Surveys project. Dr. Drew has a PhD in Sociology from Brown University. While at Brown, she was an NICHD population studies trainee at the Population Studies and Training Center. Her work has been published in The Gerontologist, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and the American Journal of Public Health.
I work with an interdisciplinary team to facilitate access to the National Health Interview Survey and the household component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, two of the most important sources of information about the health of the U.S. population. I use U.S. health survey data to describe trends in U.S. population health and investigate the causes and consequences of these trends. Current active research projects include 1) describing the patterns, trends, and consequences of the increasing rate of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans (with Dongjuan Xu of the Purdue University School of Nursing) and 2) describing the patterns and consequences of "near miss" episodes of maternal morbidity for U.S. mothers.