Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Chin is the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and a general internist with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease. His current research projects are improving diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side of Chicago, and evaluating the implementation of the patient-centered medical home in safety-net clinics.
Scott Cook, PhD
Dr. Cook is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience serving diverse inner-city populations with multiple medical, social, and economic challenges. He joined the team at the University of Chicago after eight years in leadership roles in research, community services, and clinical coordination at Howard Brown Health Center, a clinic that serves diverse communities of varied racial, ethnic, and sexual identities in Chicago. Dr. Cook received his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He completed his internship at Cook County Hospital, the major public hospital in Chicago that serves an indigent, multiethnic population.
Rachel H. DeMeester, MPH
Assistant Deputy Director
Ms. DeMeester joins us with expertise in behavior change, quality improvement, and physician outreach. Previously, she worked for the Quality Improvement Organization for Rhode Island (Healthcentric Advisors) where she focused on tobacco cessation, electronic medical record implementation, and physician incentive programs. She has also worked as a personal trainer to promote sustainable behavior change. Ms. DeMeester received a Master’s degree in Public Health from Brown University and a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University.
Robert Nocon, MHS
Senior Health Services Researcher
Mr. Nocon's research focuses on cost and organization of care in safety net settings. His current projects include an evaluation of a patient-centered medical home implementation in safety net clinics, an analysis of the cost of care provided in federally-funded health centers using Medicaid claims data, and a cost assessment of a community-based quality improvement collaborative on the South Side of Chicago. Prior to his time at The University of Chicago, Mr. Nocon served as a health care management consultant to academic medical centers and large integrated delivery systems. Mr. Nocon holds a master’s degree in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in the History of Science from Harvard College.
Ms. Xu joins us after having earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Amherst College and a Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science. Ms. Xu is interested in the evolving landscape of the healthcare system, particularly as it pertains to caring for vulnerable populations. Her current research focuses on initiatives to reduce health disparities through payment and delivery system reform.
Yue Gao, MPH
Ms. Gao joined us from New Haven, CT, where she served as a biostatistician in a public health consulting firm. Her strength is statistical analysis and programming and she currently participates in most of the projects conducted by the Sectional of General Internal Medicine. She also has an intensive interest in epidemiology and public health research, especially for chronic diseases and vulnerable population. She received her master's degree in Public Health from Yale University and bachelor's degree in Biology from Peking University in China.
Staff Assistant IV
Ms. Ealey currently provides administrative support to Finding Answers, Dr. Monica Peek, Dr. Marshall Chin and their project staff in the Section of General Internal Medicine. Ms. Ealey received her bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Chicago and joined the University as a staff member after graduation.