UCLA International Institute
Asia Institute

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

Ninez Ponce
Associate Professor of Public Health
Department: School of Public Health
UCLA School of Public Health
Address2: Department of Health Services
Address3: Box 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
Phone: (310) 206-4021
Fax: (310) 825-3317
Email: nponce@ucla.edu
Keywords: Asia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Health

Professor Ponce, who received her B.S. from UC Berkeley, M.P.P from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from UCLA, is also Senior Research Scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research a member of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research.

Dr. Ponce's research focuses on understanding the intersection of race/ethnicity, immigration status, gender and SES to improve access to health insurance, and health care in the United States.  She was RAND's resident adviser  for health care reform to the Ministry of Health, Republic of Macedonia, and has worked on public health program and policy issues at the World Bank, Catholic Relief Services in Thailand, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and the Berkeley Free Clinic.

As Co-Principal Investigator of the California Health Interview Survey, Professor Ponce led the efforts in the measurement of race/ethnicity, acculturation, physician-patient communication, and discrimination. In addition, she conceptualized the rationale and implementation of CHIS 2001's Asian ethnic oversamples and the cultural and linguistic adaptation of the survey.

Dr. Ponce received a 5-year career-development award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to explore neighborhood effects and health care market factors that may explain persisting racial and ethnic disparities in cancer screening. Recently, NCI's Special Populations Health Network recognized Dr. Ponce as a "Rising Star" in cancer disparities research as part of her work with the Asian American Network in Cancer Awareness Research and Training.

Professor Ponce is faculty advisor to UCLA's student-run Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention (SPEAR) Project and Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (SPACE), and serves on several state and national committees: the Cultural and Linguistics Work Group of California's Office of the Patient Advocate, the Policy Board of the California Pan Ethnic Health Network and the Executive Board of the National Health Law program.