National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Elizabeth Yano, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health
VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
Research Interests: Equity, Healthcare Organization, Healthcare Policy, Implementation Science, Primary Care, Program Evaluation, Women Health
Dr. Elizabeth M. Yano is Director and Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP) at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Recipient of the 2012 Under Secretary for Health Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Health Services Research, her research focuses on organizational influences on quality of care and implementation of evidence based practice and policy. Trained in health care epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy at UCLA and RAND Health, Dr. Yano has over 25 years' experience in health services research and program evaluation. She has been the chief architect of a series of national organizational surveys spanning VA's quality transformation, with emphasis on primary care and women's health care delivery. Dr. Yano has also evaluated impacts of system reorganization and practice-level evidence-based quality improvement (EBQI) interventions, including multi-state organizational change trials to improve smoking cessation, depression care and VA’s patient centered medical home initiative (Patient Aligned Care Teams or PACT). Dr. Yano is also the Director of the VA Women Veterans’ Health CREATE, a partnered and collaborative research program of five related studies designed to accelerate implementation of comprehensive care for women Veterans. She directs the VA Women’s Health Research Consortium, which seeks to build capacity through education/training, mentorship and technical consultation, and co-directs the VA Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network, which spans over 250 practices. Dr. Yano also mentors MD and PhD VA HSR&D career development awardees, co-directs the Center's Women’s Health Fellowship Program, and serves as faculty mentor for the VA Health Services Research, Associated Health, and RWJ UCLA/VA Clinical Scholars Programs.