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Brenda C. Spillman
Brenda Spillman

Brenda C. Spillman, Ph.D., a health economist and senior fellow at the Urban Institute, has more than 20 years of experience developing and conducting research projects on health and long term care use and spending among the elderly and on the nonelderly uninsured.  Recent research has examined trends in elderly disability and implications for public and private spending, long term care financing, residential long term care alternatives, projected long term care use and costs, and informal caregiving, as well as primary prevention of diseases and conditions contributing to health and functional problems in old age.

She is an investigator and work group leader for the new National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), led by Johns Hopkins University and supported by the National Institute on Aging, as well as an informal caregiver supplemental study being conducted as part of the first round of the NHATS.  She has extensive experience with a broad range of national surveys, Medicare, and Medicaid data, and with survey design and analytic oversight work.  Prior to joining UI in 1998 she worked at what is now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  She received her Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University.



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