Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS

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Home Institution: Yale School of Medicine

Field: Internal Medicine

Current Positions:

My Driving Question

How can we develop measures to identify drivers and inequities of well-being to inform smart policies and healthcare for all?

Fellow Project 

As defined by the World Health Organization in 1948, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Until recently, however, we have lacked the necessary data to study the well-being of the nation and how it varies geographically, over time, and across subpopulations. Instead, for decades, researchers have studied variations and trends in mortality, disease states, and healthcare utilization as proxies for the health of our nation. Now, with access to ten years of national data, there is the potential to describe the well-being of the U.S. population over a decade and for various subpopulations.

As Nova Institute Fellows, Carley Riley, MD, MPP, MHS and her research partner at Yale University, Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS, are examining the current state of well-being in the U.S. and trends and geographic variation in well-being over a ten-year period, and the state of well-being (and inequities in well-being) for various subpopulations. These results will provide healthcare providers and systems, public health organizations, policymakers, and other stakeholders with an understanding of the true health of our nation.

Biography 

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine and the Center for Research Engagement.

Dr. Roy is Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, as well as Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine, the Yale University multi-specialty faculty practice. Her scholarly work focuses on assessing the relative contribution of positive psychosocial factors to population health outcomes and health equity at the individual and community levels. Dr. Roy is also interested in the implementation of multi-disciplinary, assets-based, effective community-healthcare collaborative interventions to improve population health and well-being. She co-leads the Yale-Gallup Well-being Research Team and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 100 Million Healthier Lives measurement team and is faculty for the IHI Pathways to Population Health Action Community.

Dr. Roy pursued Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and Wayne State University, respectively. She then went on to the University of Michigan to pursue a combined MD/MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education. Dr. Roy subsequently completed residency training in internal medicine and served as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to completing the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University.

Education and Training
  • Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Clinical Fellow, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Chief Resident, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Resident, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Intern, Department of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • MHS, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • MPP, UCLA, School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, CA
  • MD, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • BA, English Literature, Northwestern University, College of Arts & Sciences, Evanston, IL 
Selected Honors
  • Co-author, Editor in Chief Review Article of the Year, American Journal of Health Promotion, 2019
  • Research Team Award, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, 2018
  • Best Abstract Award, Co-Production Conference, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Med Center, 2017
  • Quality Improvement Poster Award, CCTST, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2016
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2015
  • AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship in Child Health Policy, Washington DC, 2014
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Contributions, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2014
  • Fellow Teacher of the Year, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
  • General Pediatric Service Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
  • Community Pediatrics & Advocacy Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
  • Frances Nunnally Winzer Scholar Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Scholarship, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2007
  • Phi Rho Sigma Dennis Award for Outstanding Jr. Year Performance, Northwestern Univ., Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation Fellowship in Non-Profit Leadership & Management, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2003
  • Julius Conn Award, Outstanding Performance, Dept. of Surgery, Northwestern Univ., Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2002
Selected Publications