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Sussman, Andrew Assistant Professor


As a medical anthropologist, I have coordinated and led several qualitative studies in primary healthcare settings. My research focuses on primary health care service delivery, patient-provider counseling dynamics among health disparity populations in New Mexico. Much of my work is based in a primary care practice-based research network (RIOS Net) based in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, for which I serve as the Associate Director. My experience in a diverse range of studies demonstrates my expertise in qualitative research and extensive background in conducting mixed method studies. While this research has varied topically—preventive counseling for diabetes, communication about traditional medicine, barriers to colorectal cancer screening and integration of the HPV vaccine in primary care—the factors that influence patient and clinician decision-making has been a crosscutting theme. Much of my work has been grounded in the area of cancer prevention, particularly focusing on the behavioral and system-level challenges that limit access to and utilization of preventive services. My research has been funded through the NIH (NCI, NCMHD) and within the University of New Mexico (RWJ Foundation Center for Health Policy, Clinical Translational) and is mostly concentrated on disparities experienced by New Mexico‘s underserved and historically marginalized populations.

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