Release Date: Mar 2, 12, 12:00am

UChicago SSA Press Release, (March 2, 2012)
Harold A. Pollack,
the Helen Ross Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program. These awards support innovative scholars from a wide range of fields to undertake ambitious, cutting-edge studies of significant health policy challenges facing America.

Pollack's research is at the boundary of public health and social assistance policies for disadvantaged populations. Co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, his research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Social Service Review, JAMA, and many other peer-reviewed publications.  He has worked closely with federal, state, and local policymakers in public health, disability, and criminal justice policies. An adjunct fellow of the Century Foundation, professor Pollack regularly publishes in such outlets as the New Republic, New York Times, Washington Post, and other leading publications.

Professor Pollack will join the ranks of highly accomplished researchers from a variety of fields such as public policy, political science, economics, medicine, and law. Recipients of the award explore complex issues in the American health care system and contribute to the theoretical framework for future health policy in the United States.

"I am especially gratified to receive this Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation," professor Pollack says, "particularly to research policy issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities that deserve greater attention."

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

The Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research have been awarded since 1993.