Ann D. Bagchi, PhD, BSN, RN
Division of Nursing Science
Ann Bagchi, PhD, BSN, RN completed her doctoral degree in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her bachelor’s in nursing through Thomas Edison State University. She is currently working toward her clinical doctorate as a family nurse practitioner. Her areas of expertise include language barriers in health care, HIV/AIDS-related policy and health care services, health disparities, and the health of immigrant populations.
Prior to joining Rutgers’ School of Nursing, she worked for 12 years as a health services/health policy researcher, 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 healthcare encounter and the effectiveness of trained medical interpreter versus other types of language services in emergency departments.
She is currently employed as an Instructor with the School of Nursing and teaches courses on health policy development for evidence-based practice and data management using SPSS. She also serves as the Community Health Nurse at the Rutgers-FOCUS Wellness Center where she established the Center’s Certified Application Counselor (CAC) program through the ACA. To date, she has assisted more than 200 consumers to apply for insurance coverage (including Medicaid coverage) through New Jersey’s federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace. She is heavily involved in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Newark through community-based consumer education presentations and her involvement with the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area/HIV Health Services Planning Council (where she serves as vice chair of the Research and Evaluation Committee) and the New Jersey HIV/AIDS Planning Group.
Dr. Bagchi is involved in several voluntary organizations serving the Latino immigrant population in Monmouth County, New Jersey and across the state as a whole. She is the program coordinator of the Sanctuary Program, a soup kitchen that operates during the winter months through the cooperation of various community-based organizations in Freehold, New Jersey to provide free meals, clothing, blood pressure screenings, and other basic services to Latino day laborers and other working-poor and homeless residents of Freehold and its surrounding communities.