Ann D. Bagchi, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, APN
Dr. Ann Bagchi completed her doctoral degree in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 and her clinical doctorate as a family nurse practitioner at Rutgers University in 2017. Her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project examined barriers to routine HIV screening among primary care providers. She developed an informational tool to address those barriers and improve screening rates per recommendations issued in 2006 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her areas of expertise include HIV-related stigma, routine HIV testing in primary care, telemedicine applications, and language barriers in health care.
Prior to joining Rutgers School of Nursing, she worked as a health services/health policy researcher for 12 years, first at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IHHCPAR), and then at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey. Her research at IHHCPAR focused on health service use among Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and treatment of major depressive disorder among elderly Medicare beneficiaries. Her work at Mathematica included studies for a number of federal government agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Her studies for CMS involved evaluations and technical assistance on various Medicare and Medicaid programs, including the Limited Income Newly Eligible Transition Program and the Physician Quality Reporting System. Her work for HRSA was funded through the HIV/AIDS Bureau and focused on health care services and outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS, including a study of best practices for engaging and retaining Latinos in HIV care and an examination of the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. While at Mathematica, Dr. Bagchi also received funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine ethnic differences in the perception of “quality” in the health care encounter and the effectiveness of trained medical interpreter versus other types of language services in emergency departments.
She is currently employed as an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Nursing and teaches a course on data management and analysis, which covers research methods, statistics, and the use of SPSS for statistical analysis. She is involved in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New Jersey through her involvement with the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area/HIV Health Services Planning Council (where she serves as chair of the Research and Evaluation Committee and secretary of the Continuum of Care Committee) and the New Jersey HIV/AIDS Planning Group, as the chair of the Stigma Committee. Her recent work includes an online survey of stigma among health care providers in New Jersey and as a study implementing the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, funded by the New Jersey Department of Health. She is currently working on a study to test a community-based stigma intervention.
Dr. Bagchi has also been involved in research and service work related to telehealth and telemedicine. She collaborated with faculty at Rutgers Business School to test a telemedicine intervention among low-income residents in Newark and has provided continuing education lectures on adapting telehealth services for underserved populations. She is a steering committee member of the New Jersey Telehealth Collaborative, which is working with the Med-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center and the New Jersey Department of Health to advance the delivery of telehealth services in New Jersey under the State's new Telemedicine and Telehealth Law (P.L.2017, c.117). She is currently working on several proposals to expand the use of telemedicine in New Jersey.
Dr. Bagchi is also program coordinator of the Sanctuary Program, a soup kitchen operating during the winter months to provide free meals and other basic services to Latino day laborers and other working-poor and homeless residents of Freehold, New Jersey, and its surrounding communities.
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