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Jim Stimpson, PhD

James Stimpson

Health Management and Policy
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BA, Psychology and Sociology, University of Nebraska; MA, Sociology, University of Nebraska; PhD, Sociology, University of Nebraska


My training in sociology shapes my focus on the social determinants of health, health policy and health services research. My mission is to discover and disseminate evidence for public policy decisions that improve population health and equity. Through my work, I hope to connect the next generation of public health and healthcare workers with the tools to advocate for effective public health policy change. Most of my career has been spent in public health and this experience has helped me to build relationships with collaborators from multiple, diverse perspectives. For example, I have worked with more than 100 different co-authors representing a variety of disciplines (e.g., medicine, epidemiology, policy, economics, psychology, industrial engineering, education). These collaborations have enabled me to work on high impact projects to improve people’s lives such as Medicaid expansion, smoking prevention, and improving access to care for underserved populations. Please contact me if you are a researcher or student interested in collaborating on a project, an organization or policymaker interested in consultation, a student or junior professional needing mentoring, or a journalist requesting an interview.

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Immigrant health
  • Health and place or built environment
  • Health services research
  • Health disparities
  • Health policy
  • Urban health


Ruhnke SA, Wilson FA, Stimpson JP. Using machine learning to impute legal status of immigrants in the National Health Interview Survey. MethodsX. 2022;9:101848.

Ruhnke SA, Reynolds MM, Wilson FA, Stimpson JP. A healthy migrant effect? Estimating health outcomes of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States using machine learning. Social Science & Medicine. 2022;307:115177.

Stimpson JP, Becker AW, Shea L, Wilson FA. Association of health insurance coverage and probability of dying in an emergency department or hospital from a motor vehicle traffic injury. Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open. 2022;3(1):e12652.

Park S, Stimpson JP. Trends in self-reported forgone medical care among Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA Health Forum. 2021;2(12):e214299.

Alberto CK, Pintor JK, Martínez-Donate A, Tabb LP, Langellier B, Stimpson JP. Association of maternal-clinician ethnic concordance with Latinx youth receipt of family-centered care. JAMA Network Open. 2021;4(11):e2133857.

Park S, Massey PM, Stimpson JP. Primary source of information about COVID-19 as a determinant of perception of COVID-19 severity and vaccine uptake. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021.

Rivera-González AC, Stimpson JP, et al. The other US border: Latino immigration and access to care in Puerto Rico. Health Affairs. 2021;40(7):1117-1125.

Kaufman MJ, Stimpson JP. Do nominal monetary incentives work to increase full-time public health faculty participation in online teaching professional development? Journal of Educators Online. 2021;18(2):1-7.

Kaufman MJ, Stimpson JP. Road map to remote instruction during the coronavirus pandemic. Journal of Health Administration Education. 2021;38(1):307-324.

Langellier BA, Fleming PJ, Pintor JBK, Stimpson JP. Allostatic load among U.S. and foreign-born whites, Blacks, and Latinx. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2021;60(2):159-168.

Wilson FA, Zallman L, Pagan JA, Ortega AN, Wang Y, Tatar M, Stimpson JP.  Comparison of use of health care services and spending for unauthorized immigrants vs authorized immigrants or US citizens using a machine learning model. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(12):e2029230.

Stimpson JP, Langellier BA, Wilson FA. Time spent eating, by immigrant status, race/ethnicity, and length of residence in the United States. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2020;17:200122.

Alberto CK, Pintor JK, Langellier B, Tabb LP, Martinez-Donate AP, Stimpson JP. Association of maternal characteristics with latino youth health insurance disparities in the United States: a generalized structural equation modeling approach. BMC Public Health, 2020;20(1):1088.

Park S, Stimpson JP, Nguyen GT. Association of changes in primary care spending and use with participation in the US Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(6):e207442.

Wilson FA, Stimpson JP. US policies increase vulnerability of immigrant communities to the COVID-19 pandemic. Annals of Global Health. 2020;86(1):57,1-2.

Wilson FA, Mosalpuria K, Stimpson JP. Association between opioid prescriptions and non-US-born status in the US. JAMA Network Open. 2020;3(6):e206745.

Stimpson JP, Park S, Wilson FA. Association of Arkansas’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver with health insurance coverage. PLoS ONE. 2020;15(4):e0231417.

Wilson FA, Stimpson JP. Federal and state policies affecting immigrant access to health care. JAMA Health Forum. 2020;1(4):e200271. doi: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2020.0271.

Park S, Chen J, Kemmick Pintor J, McKenna RM, Roby DH, Stimpson JP, Ortega AN. The impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care access and utilization among Asian American subgroups. Medicare Care. Medical Care, 2019;57(11):861–868. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001202.

Stimpson JP, Wang Y, Wilson FA. Association of Indiana's section 1115 waiver with Medicaid enrollment. JAMA Network Open, 2019;2(10):e1912922. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.12922.

Stimpson JP, Kemmick Pintor J, McKenna RM, Park S, Wilson FA. Association of Meidicaid expansion with health insurance coverage for disabled persons. JAMA Network Open, 2019;2(7):e197136. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.7136.

Wang Y, Laestadius L, Stimpson JP, Wilson FA. Association between e-cigarette use and acculturation among adult immigrants in the United States. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 2019;13:1-7. doi:10.1177/1178221819855086.

Stimpson JP, Wilson FA. Medicaid expansion improved health insurance coverage for immigrants but disparities persist. Health Affairs, 2018;37(10):1656-1662. doi: 10.1377/tlthaff.2018.0181.

Wilson FA, Wang Y, Borrell LN, Bae S, Stimpson JP. Disparities in oral health by immigration status in the United States. Journal of the American Dental Association, 2018;149(6):414-421.

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