Susan Egerter, PhD

Recall Non-Faculty Academic
Family Community Medicine
+1 415 476-6620

Susan Egerter, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Co-Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH) at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work focuses on applying epidemiologic methods in policy-relevant studies of socioeconomic and racial-ethnic inequalities in maternal and infant health and health care, and on translating findings from that research to inform public health policy and practice through collaboration with local, state and national stakeholders and decision-makers. Dr. Egerter currently is project director of CSDH’s ongoing collaboration with the California Department of Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program (CDPH/MCAH) to evaluate its Black Infant Health Program (BIH) serving low-income African-American pregnant and parenting women, and of a W.K.Kellogg Foundation-funded project aiming to further improve African-American maternal and infant health outcomes by supplementing core BIH program activities with interventions that more intensively address key social determinants of health. She also serves as a senior epidemiologist for California's Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA), an annual statewide representative postpartum survey conducted since 1999 by CDPH/MCAH in collaboration with CSDH. Dr. Egerter was co-director of research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s recent Commission to Build a Healthier America, which highlighted the role of social factors in shaping health and health disparities in this country, and project director and co-investigator on an Aetna Foundation-funded study exploring racial/ethnic disparities in cesarean deliveries in California. Dr. Egerter received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and trained as a perinatal epidemiologist at Yale University, where she received a PhD in chronic disease epidemiology in 1986. She first joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF in 1987 as a postdoctoral fellow in health services research.

Publications: 

Physical education policy compliance and Latino children's fitness: Does the association vary by school neighborhood socioeconomic advantage?

PloS one

Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Goldman Rosas L, Fernández-Peña JR, Baek J, Egerter S, Sánchez BN

Latina Birth Outcomes in California: Not so Paradoxical.

Maternal and child health journal

Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Braveman PA, Egerter S, Marchi KS, Heck K, Curtis M

The role of socioeconomic factors in Black-White disparities in preterm birth.

American journal of public health

Braveman PA, Heck K, Egerter S, Marchi KS, Dominguez TP, Cubbin C, Fingar K, Pearson JA, Curtis M

Physical education policy compliance and children's physical fitness.

American journal of preventive medicine

Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Sánchez BN, Rosas LG, Baek J, Egerter S

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Housing and Health

Egerter S, Sadegh-Nobari T, Dekker M, Pollack C, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Early Childhood Experiences and Health

Braveman P, Sadegh-Nobari T, Egerter S for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Neighborhoods and Health

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Neighborhoods and Health

Cubbin C, Pedregon V, Egerter S, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

When do we know enough to recommend action on the social determinants of health?

American journal of preventive medicine

Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Woolf SH, Marks JS

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Health Impact Assessment

Gottlieb L, Egerter S, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

The social determinants of health: coming of age.

Annual review of public health

Braveman P, Egerter S, Williams DR

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Work and Health

Egerter S, Dekker M, An J, Grossman-Kahn R, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Violence, Social Disadvantage and Health

Egerter S, Barclay C, Grossman-Kahn R, Braveman P for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Broadening the focus: the need to address the social determinants of health.

American journal of preventive medicine

Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Mockenhaupt RE

Father's education: an independent marker of risk for preterm birth.

Maternal and child health journal

Blumenshine PM, Egerter SA, Libet ML, Braveman PA

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health, Stress and Health

Egerter S, Braveman P, Barclay C for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Income, Wealth and Health

Braveman P, Egerter S, Barclay C for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Race and Socioeconomic Factors

Braveman P, Egerter S, An J, Williams D for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Issue Brief Series: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Education and Health

Egerter S, Braveman P, Sadegh-Nobari T, Grossman-Kahn R., Dekker M for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Socioeconomic disparities in adverse birth outcomes: a systematic review.

American journal of preventive medicine

Blumenshine P, Egerter S, Barclay CJ, Cubbin C, Braveman PA

Socioeconomic disparities in health in the United States: what the patterns tell us.

American journal of public health

Braveman PA, Cubbin C, Egerter S, Williams DR, Pamuk E

Reaching America’s Health Potential: A State-by-State Look at Adult Health

Reaching America’s Health Potential: A State-by-State Look at Adult Health

Egerter S, Braveman P, Cubbin C, Dekker M, Sadegh-Nobari T, An J, Grossman-Kahn R

Poverty, near-poverty, and hardship around the time of pregnancy.

Maternal and child health journal

Braveman P, Marchi K, Egerter S, Kim S, Metzler M, Stancil T, Libet M

"It's the skin you're in": African-American women talk about their experiences of racism. an exploratory study to develop measures of racism for birth outcome studies.

Maternal and child health journal

Nuru-Jeter A, Dominguez TP, Hammond WP, Leu J, Skaff M, Egerter S, Jones CP, Braveman P

Pandemic influenza planning in the United States from a health disparities perspective.

Emerging infectious diseases

Blumenshine P, Reingold A, Egerter S, Mockenhaupt R, Braveman P, Marks J

Overcoming Obstacles to Health. Report From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Commission to Build a Healthier America

Overcoming Obstacles to Health. Report From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Commission to Build a Healthier America

Braveman, P. and Egerter, S.

America’s Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?

America’s Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?

Egerter S, Braveman P, Pamuk E, Cubbin C, Dekker M, Pedregon V, Sadegh-Nobari T

Potential implications of missing income data in population-based surveys: an example from a postpartum survey in California.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

Kim S, Egerter S, Cubbin C, Takahashi ER, Braveman P

Early postnatal care among healthy newborns in 19 States: pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system, 2000.

Maternal and child health journal

Lansky A, Barfield WD, Marchi KS, Egerter SA, Galbraith AA, Braveman PA

Socioeconomic status in health research: one size does not fit all.

JAMA

Braveman PA, Cubbin C, Egerter S, Chideya S, Marchi KS, Metzler M, Posner S

An approach to studying social disparities in health and health care.

American journal of public health

Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Cubbin C, Marchi KS

Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health in California: Are We Making Progress? Lessons From California

Disparities in Maternal and Infant Health in California: Are We Making Progress? Lessons From California

Egerter S, Braveman P, Marchi K, Cubbin C.

Newborn length of stay, health care utilization, and the effect of Minnesota legislation.

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Madlon-Kay DJ, DeFor TA, Egerter S

Newborn early discharge revisited: are California newborns receiving recommended postnatal services?

Pediatrics

Galbraith AA, Egerter SA, Marchi KS, Chavez G, Braveman PA

Promoting access to prenatal care: Lessons from the California experience

Promoting access to prenatal care: Lessons from the California experience

Braveman P, Marchi K, Sarnoff R, Egerter S, Rittenhouse D, Salganicoff A

Timing of insurance coverage and use of prenatal care among low-income women.

American journal of public health

Egerter S, Braveman P, Marchi K

Measuring socioeconomic status/position in studies of racial/ethnic disparities: maternal and infant health.

Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)

Braveman P, Cubbin C, Marchi K, Egerter S, Chavez G

Risk factors for late or no prenatal care following Medicaid expansions in California.

Maternal and child health journal

Nothnagle M, Marchi K, Egerter S, Braveman P

Barriers to timely prenatal care among women with insurance: the importance of prepregnancy factors.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Braveman P, Marchi K, Egerter S, Pearl M, Neuhaus J

Follow-up of newborns and their mothers after early hospital discharge.

Clinics in perinatology

Egerter SA, Braveman PA, Marchi KS

Validity of insurance information on California birth certificates.

American journal of public health

Braveman P, Pearl M, Egerter S, Marchi K, Williams R

Health service use among low-risk newborns after early discharge with and without nurse home visiting.

The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice / American Board of Family Practice

Braveman P, Miller C, Egerter S, Bennett T, English P, Katz P, Showstack J

Racial/ethnic differences in the likelihood of cesarean delivery, California.

American journal of public health

Braveman P, Egerter S, Edmonston F, Verdon M

Maternal marital status as a risk factor for infant mortality.

Family planning perspectives

Bennett T, Braveman P, Egerter S, Kiely JL

Insurance-related differences in the risk of ruptured appendix.

The New England journal of medicine

Braveman P, Schaaf VM, Egerter S, Bennett T, Schecter W

Access to prenatal care following major Medicaid eligibility expansions.

JAMA

Braveman P, Bennett T, Lewis C, Egerter S, Showstack J

Adverse outcomes and lack of health insurance among newborns in an eight-county area of California, 1982 to 1986.

The New England journal of medicine

Braveman P, Oliva G, Miller MG, Reiter R, Egerter S

Is intrauterine growth retardation a risk factor for child abuse?

Pediatrics

Leventhal JM, Berg A, Egerter SA

Does breast-feeding protect against infections in infants less than 3 months of age?

Pediatrics

Leventhal JM, Shapiro ED, Aten CB, Berg AT, Egerter SA

Reassessment of the relationship of perinatal risk factors and child abuse.

American journal of diseases of children (1960)

Leventhal JM, Egerter SA, Murphy JM