Julia A. Rivera Drew

Julia A. Rivera Drew
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IPUMS Data Projects

Research Interests and Project Expertise

Disability Studies; Population Health; Education, Labor, and Life Course; Healthcare Access and Health Disparities


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.

Selected Publications

Dongjuan Xu and Julia A. Rivera Drew. 2017. "What Doesn't Kill You Doesn't Make You Stronger: The Long-Term Consequences of Nonfatal Injury for Older Adults." The Gerontologist; ePub. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw252

Blewett, Lynn A., Heather M. Dahlen, Donna Spencer, Julia A. Rivera Drew, and Elizabeth Lukanen. 2016. "Changes to the Design of the National Health Interview Survey to Support Enhanced Monitoring of Health Reform Impacts at the State Level." American Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.2016/AJPH.2016.303430

Dongjuan Xu and Julia A. Rivera Drew. 2015. "Cause, Nature, and Care-Seeking Behaviour for Injuries among Community-Dwelling Older Adults, USA, 2004-2013." Injury Prevention injuryprev-2015.

Julia A. Rivera Drew, Sarah Flood, and John Robert Warren. 2014. “Making Full Use of the Longitudinal Design of the Current Population Survey: Methods for Linking Records Across 16 Months.” Journal of Economic and Social Measurement 39(3): 121-144.

Julia A. Rivera Drew. 2013. “Hysterectomy and Disability among U.S. Women.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 45(3): 157-163.

Julia A. Rivera Drew and Susan E. Short. 2010. “Disability and Pap Smear Receipt among U.S. Women, 2000 and 2005.” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 42(4): 258-266.