Judith Long, MD researches the social determinants of health, and how they affect socioeconomic and racial disparities. Her work focuses on interventions to support behavioral change in low-income patients with chronic diseases.
Current work looks at the effectiveness of peer mentoring and financial incentives to improve glucose control in African Americans with poorly controlled diabetes. She also works on how best to create sustainable peer mentor models for the VA, and is evaluating the effectiveness of using Community Health Workers to help low income patients with multiple chronic diseases improve their health.
Dr. Long is also actively engaged in the training of health services and policy researchers at Penn. She currently co-directs the National Clinician Scholars Program at Penn. Until 2015, she was the Director of Penn’s Master of Science in Health Policy Research program and the principal investigator on Penn’s NRSA Generalist Training Grant.
Dr. Long trained in Internal Medicine Primary Care at the University of California, San Francisco and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at Yale. She is the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Penn. In addition to her LDI affiliation, she is Core Faculty at the Philadelphia VA Center for Health Equity Promotion and Research, and Co-Director of Philadelphia VA Center for the Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams.