The Daily Pennsylvanian

Health Equity and Policy Lab director mentors students while conducting global research

As the founder and director of Penn’s Health Equity and Policy Lab, Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger’s commitment to providing pertinent research for policymakers is accompanied by an equal dedication to mentoring students.

Prah Ruger, a professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at the School of Social Policy & Practice and the Perelman School of Medicine, founded HEPL in an endeavor to use social statistics for social change. The lab works with over 65 collaborators around the world — with institutions from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States to the Madras School of Economics in India — to create research to shape policy with an effort to improve health equity, efficiency, resource allocation, and governance.