SSE Invited Talk - Nicoleta Serban "The Equity of Care: Healthcare Accessibility"

Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:00 pm

Location: Babbio 541B


SSE Invited Talk

The Equity of Care: Healthcare Accessibility

Nicoleta Serban - Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology


The three E's: efficiency, effectiveness and equity are at the center of current health policy agenda in the US. In the ideal world we would have all three objectives simultaneously optimized. However, as it is clear from the current political debate, this ideal world does not match our reality and the policy makers need to optimize one goal over another. The route I will pursue in this talk is to provide a framework for policymakers and senior managers to define, evaluate and intervene on equity goals while developing measurement models that emphasize equity and effectiveness simultaneously. The focus will be on healthcare accessibility.

In particular, I will illustrate the measurement framework within a particular example, accessibility in emergency responses, specifically, the 2009 H1N1 vaccination campaign. Our methodology for measuring and explaining accessibility leads to policy recommendations for federal, state, and local public health officials. The results of this research inform the development of equitable distribution plans for future public health efforts and introduce a framework for evaluating the accessibility of any scarce resource in a geographical network.


Nicoleta Serban is an Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Stochastic Processes and Theoretical Statistics from the University of Bucharest. Dr. Serban's research crosses multiple disciplines including methodological statistics, molecular biology, healthcare, industrial engineering and socio-economics.