Veronica X. Vela

DrPH Candidate in Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Reproductive Health

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About Veronica

Vela’s expertise is in health system transformation and innovation at the intersection of service delivery and technology. She possesses a unique combination of health knowledge, business acumen and systems engineering skills to examine gaps across policy, processes and technology to address strategic and operational alignment. She is passionate about applying the human centered design process to redesign how we deliver healthcare. Vela’s current research examines how health systems integrate patient centered care to enhance patient access, clinical outcomes and health equity while controlling costs.


How Comprehensive Payment Policies for Medicaid Can Help Patients Gain Access to Long-Acting Contraception

    Veronica X. Vela , Elizabeth W. Patton ,
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"Alpha 6 Beta 4 Integrin Regulates Keratinocyte Chemotaxis through Differential GTPase Activation and Antagonism of Alpha 3 Beta 1 Integrin" (with Alan Russell, Edgar Fincher, Linda Millman, Robyn Smith, Elizabeth Waterman, Clara Dey, Shireen Guide, Valerie Weaver, and Peter Marinkovich). Journal of Cell Science 116, no. 17 (2003).

Shows how specific integrins facilitate the healing process of injured skin.


"Social Determinants of Risky Sexual Behavior among African American Female Medicaid Recipients," George Washington University, forthcoming.

Analyses the impact of social determinants on the risky sexual behavior of African American in Washington, D.C. Contributes to our understanding of the role of certain social determinants, namely depression and unstable housing, in increasing risky sexual behavior among poor African American women.

"You Can’t Tell Nobody: Fears Surrounding HIV Infection by Black Women," George Washington University, forthcoming.

Describes fears surrounding HIV infection among urban African American women, through a Qualitative study. 

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