Faculty Profile

Minal R. Patel, PhD, M.P.H

Minal R. Patel, PhD, M.P.H

  • Associate Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • Associate Chair, Health Behavior & Health Education
  • 3810 SPH I
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Dr. Patel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education. She completed her M.P.H and PhD in HBHE at the University of Michigan. Dr. Patel's research program focuses on the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions that focus on improving self-efficacy and navigation skills for individuals to access complex health care delivery systems, affordable healthcare, and management of chronic disease. Emphases of her work include health-related financial toxicity, team-based care, health and financial literacy, and populations with a long history of health disparities. Dr. Patel's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Lung Association, and private foundations. She has led studies focused on improving health insurance literacy in economically disadvantaged communities, screening and addressing unmet social needs in clinical settings, and health care provider training in implementing guideline-based care. She also serves on the evaluation team of Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. Dr. Patel's work is primarily situated in a broad range of health care and health care delivery settings. She is particularly interested in methods of intervention that utilize e-health and m-health technologies, and community engagement.

Dr. Patel directs the Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access (CBSHC) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is a member of the Michigan Center for Diabetes and Translational Research, the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Dr. Patel is also the Middle East and North African (MENA) Community Liaison for the Rogel Cancer Center and leads the MENA Research Group. Dr. Patel is an active member of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society, and serves on the society's Health Equality and Diversity Committee and International Conference Committee. In 2017, Dr. Patel received the Early Career Achievement award from the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Patel is currently an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine through the National Academy of Medicine.

  • PhD, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan, 2013
  • M.P.H, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2006

Dr. Patel directs the Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access (CBSHC): cbshc.org

Funded and ongoing projects focus on:

  1. Financial toxicity with managing chronic disease and cost-related non-adherence; the design and evaluation of behavioral interventions to improve patient-provider communication around these burdens, access to care and unmet social needs, and adherence to treatment regimens.
  2. Health insurance, health, and financial literacy, and care navigation in health disparity populations.
  3. Provider training interventions to improve collaboration and communication in health care delivery.
  4. Middle Eastern/North African/Arab American health

  • Patel MR, Vichich J, Lang I, Lin J, Zheng K. Developing an evidence-base of best practices for integrating computerized systems into the exam room: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2016 Aug 18. pii: ocw121. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw121. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Patel MR, Piette JD, Resnicow K, Dobson-Kowalski T, Heisler, M. Social determinants of health, cost-related non-adherence, and cost-reducing behaviors among adults with diabetes: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Medical Care, 2016 Aug;54(8):796-803.
  • Patel MR, Kruger D, Cupal S, Zimmerman MA. Examination of financial stress and financial literacy on cost-related non-adherence behaviors among adults in a community-based setting. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2016 Apr 7;13:E46.
  • Patel MR, Leo HL, Baptist AP, Cao Y, Brown RW. Adverse asthma outcomes in U.S. children and adolescents with multiple morbidities: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2014 pii: S0091-6749(14)01605-4.
  • Patel MR, Wheeler, JRC. Physician-patient communication on cost and affordability in asthma care: who wants to talk about it and who's actually doing it. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 2014;11(10):1538-44.
  • Patel MR, Nelson BW, Iddeen E, Caldwell CH. Beyond co-pays and out-of-pocket costs: perceptions of health-related financial burden in managing asthma among African American women. Journal of Asthma, 2014 Jul 4:1-6.
  • Patel MR, Thomas LJ, Hafeez K, Shankin M, Wilkin M, Brown RW. Study protocol for improving asthma outcomes through cross-cultural communication training for physicians: a randomized trial of physician training. BMC Medical Education, 2014 Jun 16;14(1):118.
  • Patel MR, Caldwell CH, Iddeen E, Clark NM. Experiences addressing health-related financial challenges with disease management among African American women with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 2014 Jun;51(5):467-73.
  • Patel MR, Janevic MR, Heeringa S, Baptist AP, Clark NM. An examination of adverse asthma outcomes in U.S. adults with multiple morbidities. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 2013 Oct;10(5):426-31.
  • Patel MR, Shah S, Cabana MD, Sawyer S, Toelle B, Mellis C, Jenkins C, Brown RW, Clark NM. Translation of evidence-based asthma interventions: Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) program in the United States and Australia. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 2013 Mar;22(1):29-36.
  • Patel MR, Coffman JM, Tseng CW, Clark NM, Cabana MD. Physician communication regarding cost when prescribing asthma medication to children. Clinical Pediatrics, 2009 Mar; 48(5): 493-498.

  • American Thoracic Society
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine