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Policy Analysis Unit


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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
Email: pau@ph.lacounty.gov
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Who We Are
Ricardo Basurto-Dávila, Ph.D. M.S.
Health Economist

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 Center

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.



Irene 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 California. Her 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. 

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