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Norma A. Padron, PhD, MPH, MA

Contact Dr. Padron

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-0174
(215) 923-7583 fax


PhD, Yale University
MPH, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
MA, Duke University
BA, University of Texas-Pan American

University Appointments

Assistant Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
Associate Director, Center for Population Health Research at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Research & Practice Interests

Population Health
Applied Microeconomics
Social Determinants of Health
Program Design and Evaluation
Payment Reform


Dr. Norma A. Padron is Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health and Associate Director of the Center for Population Health Research at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. Previously, she was an assistant professor of health economics at the Population Health Science and Policy Department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and research scientist at The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM).

Dr. Padron’s research involves collaborations with multidisciplinary teams bringing together for-profit, nonprofit and academic researchers (clinical, computer science and systems science experts as well as economists). Such collaborations have resulted in the design and evaluation of financial incentives to improve postpartum care for high risk women in New York City (a collaboration with a large Medicaid-managed insurer in New York and Mount Sinai); and projects aimed at improving public health officials’ ability to make data actionable using data mining techniques such as her work using Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings data.

In addition, Dr. Padron has worked closely with city officials in Los Angeles and Philadelphia to find ways in which cities could use multisectoral data from their agencies and departments to design population health policies and deploy resources timely at the city level. She is also a World Social Science Fellow and has presented her work on urban population health in Xiamen, China at the International Social Science Council workshop on Big Data in an Urban Context.

Dr. Padron has taught classes on health economics and healthcare politics and policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health Care Delivery Leadership and Public Health programs.