Ninez A. Ponce
Published January 4, 2018
Updated April 15, 2021

Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.

Ponce has led pioneering efforts in multicultural survey research, improving how health surveys account for measures of racial/ethnic identity, acculturation, generational status, and discrimination. She is the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the largest state health survey in the United States, where she led the first CHIS efforts on the measurement of race/ethnicity, physician-patient communication and discrimination.

Her research has focused on understanding the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and health care access in developing countries, and in low-income neighborhoods and racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.

Expertise: Health economics, health policy, multicultural survey research,
community-based participatory research, global health, social determinants of health and health access, disparities in health

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.


Phone: (310) 794-2691

As heard on AJMC TV: “Dr Ninez Ponce: California’s Diversity Affects Patient Access to High-Quality Care”

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