Dr. Patel’s work aims to promote human dignity and foster partnerships between patients, their providers, and the healthcare systems in which they interact. Her work mostly uses Social-Ecological theories and frameworks and can be grouped into two interconnected themes: 1) identification of factors (in particular, financial burden and unmet social determinants of health) that influence poor behavioral and health outcomes; 2) development and evaluation of behavioral interventions focused on alleviating access to care broadly and social and medical care integration in populations experiencing health inequities in order to improve health outcomes. Dr. Patel has a strong track record of stakeholder collaboration in large-scale intervention projects and practice-based teaching, both with community-based organizations, FQHCs in the Michigan region, and Michigan Medicine. Dr. Patel currently co-leads a new Social and Behavioral Determinants Core as part of the renewal of Michigan’s Center for Diabetes Translational Research. For the past five years, she has been a co-investigator on the evaluation of Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program through IHPI. She is the immediate past-Chair for the Program Committee for the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society. Lastly, she serves as an Associate Director of U-M's National Clinicians Scholars Program.
- Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
- M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
- B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego