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Michael R. Cousineau, DPH
Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
SSB 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8249


Michael R. Cousineau is currently Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine at USC. He has a joint appointment in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He teaches in both the Masters in Public Health program and in the Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine. He attended U.C. Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in genetics and has a masters and a doctorate from the UCLA School of Public Health. His work focuses on health policy and health services and evaluation research, access to care for the low income uninsured, governance and operation of safety-net providers including public hospitals, community-based clinics and health centers; and health needs of vulnerable populations including homeless people. His work includes studying the impact of initiatives designed to expand health insurance to adults and children, the dynamics of insurance coverage decisions by small businesses, alternative governance of safety net hospitals, and the health and mental health needs of the homeless. He is an expert on the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, having given over 30 talks on the new law to community and professional groups. He has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the U.S. Health Services and Services Administration, The California Endowment, the Office of Minority Health, Blue Shield Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published in Health Affairs, Medical Care, Public Health Reports, the American Journal of Public Health, Academic Medicine, and Health Services Research.


. Evaluation of a digital diabetes prevention program adapted for the Medicaid population: Study design and methods for a non-randomized, controlled trial Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Jun; 10:161-168. View in: PubMed

. The role of spatially-derived access-to-care characteristics in melanoma prevention and control in Los Angeles county Health Place. 2017 May; 45:160-172. View in: PubMed

. Advocacy coalitions involved in California's menu labeling policy debate: Exploring coalition structure, policy beliefs, resources, and strategies Soc Sci Med. 2017 03; 177:78-86. View in: PubMed

. Community health events for enrolling uninsured into public health insurance programs: implications for health reform J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Nov-Dec; 20(6):583-6. View in: PubMed

. Assessment of student interprofessional education (IPE) training for team-based geriatric home care: does IPE training change students' knowledge and attitudes? Home Health Care Serv Q. 2014; 33(4):177-93. View in: PubMed

. Transforming a family medicine center and residency program into a federally qualified health center Acad Med. 2013 May; 88(5):657-62. View in: PubMed

. Two responses to a premium hike in a program for uninsured kids: 4 in 5 families stay in as enrollment shrinks by a fifth Health Aff (Millwood). 2012 Feb; 31(2):360-6. View in: PubMed

. Association of experiences of medical home quality with health-related quality of life and school engagement among Latino children in low-income families Health Serv Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6pt1):1822-42. View in: PubMed

. Healthy Kids insurance and experiences of medical home quality for vulnerable children Med Care. 2011 Sep; 49(9):828-33. View in: PubMed

. Measuring the impact of outreach and enrollment strategies for public health insurance in California Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb; 46(1 Pt 2):319-35. View in: PubMed

. The intersection of public policy and health behavior theory in the physical activity arena J Phys Act Health. 2010 Mar; 7 Suppl 1:S91-8. View in: PubMed

. Using an alliance of independent health consumer assistance centers to change public policy in California Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2010; 4(4):331-40. View in: PubMed

. Improvements in access to care for vulnerable children in California between 2001 and 2005 Public Health Rep. 2009 Sep-Oct; 124(5):682-91. View in: PubMed

. Changes in uncompensated pediatric ambulatory care visits for uninsured children among safety net providers after implementing a health insurance program for children of low-income families J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009 Jul-Aug; 15(4):E1-6. View in: PubMed

. More on 'healthy kids' Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jan-Feb; 28(1):298-9. View in: PubMed

. Collaboration and competition in a children's health initiative coalition: a network analysis Eval Program Plann. 2008 Nov; 31(4):392-402. View in: PubMed

. Preventable hospitalizations among children in California counties after child health insurance expansion initiatives Med Care. 2008 Feb; 46(2):142-7. View in: PubMed

. Enrolling in Medicaid through the National School Lunch Program: outcome of a pilot project in California schools Public Health Rep. 2007 Jul-Aug; 122(4):452-60. View in: PubMed

. Children's Health Initiatives in California: the experiences of local coalitions pursuing universal coverage for children Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr; 97(4):738-43. View in: PubMed

. Crisis & commitment: 150 years of service by Los Angeles county public hospitals Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr; 97(4):606-15. View in: PubMed

. An evaluation of independent consumer assistance centers on problem resolution and user satisfaction: the consumer perspective J Community Health. 2005 Apr; 30(2):89-106. View in: PubMed

. Improving the nutritional resource environment for healthy living through community-based participatory research J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul; 18(7):568-75. View in: PubMed

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