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Deborah Viola, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Associate Director, Doctoral Studies, in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences & Practice. She is also a Research Scholar at the Center for Long Term Care Research and Policy, part of the Institute of Public Health at NYMC. She received her doctorate in economics in 1998 as a Robert E. Gilleece Fellow at the City University of New York and has directed the health economics program at NYMC for the past 14 years. Recently, her research interests have focused on regional health care planning, the impact of preconception on adverse birth outcomes, the economics of women as they age, long-term care for the developmentally disabled, emergency preparedness for vulnerable populations, and the impact of income support policies on population health.   For the past two years, Dr. Viola has led the research team on a New York State-funded HEAL 9 project (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers) to regionalize health care planning for the seven counties in the Lower Hudson Valley. 

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