Policy Analysis Unit
Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
313 N. Figueroa St., Room 127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7785
Fax: (213) 250-2594
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Ricardo Basurto-Dávila, Ph.D. M.S. Health
Ricardo is a Health Economist and he currently leads the
Policy Analysis Unit. He received a PhD in Policy Analysis
from the F.S. Pardee RAND Graduate School, an MS in
Economics from the University of Texas in Austin, and a B.A.
in Economics from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.
Will Nicholas Ph.D. M.P.H. Director, Health Impact Evaluation
Will Nicholas directs the Health Impact Evaluation
Center (HIEC) which focuses on the conduct of Health
Impact Assessments (HIA). HIA is a systematic process
for assessing the potential effects of pending policy,
program and project decisions outside of the traditional
health sector on the health of populations and the
distribution of those effects within populations. Will
received his Ph.D. in Health Policy from Yale University
and his M.P.H from UCLA. He has held public health
related research, management and teaching positions at
RAND, First 5 LA, The California Endowment, and the UCLA
Fielding School of Public Health.
Vidyanti, Ph.D. Scientist/Modeler Irene
is a Scientist/Modeler. She
received her BA/MEng/MA(Cantab) in Information and Computer
Engineering at Cambridge University and a PhD in Industrial
and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern
role in the Unit is to build or adapt simulation/decision
models and to develop methodological approaches to assist in
our analyses, evaluations, and health impact assessments.
Her work is crucial in developing a more complete
understanding of the short- and long-term impact of policies
and programs that affect population health.