Laurin Bixby Named Health Policy Research Scholar

Laurin Bixby

Laurin Bixby, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Bixby was selected as a Health Policy Research Scholar. Designed for doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds and populations underrepresented in specific disciplines, the Health Policy Research Scholars program helps researchers from all fields apply their work to policies that advance equity and health, while building a diverse field of leaders who reflect changing national demographics.

As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Bixby will focus on social inequality faced by people in the disabled community, including how geographic differences in sociopolitical climates affect the health and well-being of children and families. Bixby seeks to illuminate patterns of inequality in order to advocate for policies that affect structural change. 

To learn more about Health Policy Research Scholars and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit


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