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Samantha Solimeo, PhD, MA, BA – Career Development Awardee

Samantha Solimeo, PhD, MA, BA Samantha Solimeo, PhD, MA, BA
VA Medical Center, Iowa City
Iowa City, IA 


Samantha Solimeo, PhD, MPH serves as Investigator and Director of the Ethnographic Methods and Implementation Core (EMIC) for the Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) located at the Iowa City VA HCS. Dr. Solimeo is an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She earned her PhD in medical anthropology and her MPH from the University of Iowa, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Solimeo is author of With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson's disease in America's Heartland (2009 Rutgers University Press), a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Gerontological Society of America, and past president of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology and the Life Course. She has conducted ethnographic research in the areas of men's health, aging, healthcare delivery, team science, and organizational change. Dr. Solimeo's CDA research utilizes administrative and qualitative data to identify underlying causes of variation in primary care-based screening of male Veterans at high risk of osteoporosis and employs a research-operations-clinical partnership approach to develop organizational change initiatives to improve the quality of care for this condition.

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