Dr. Baker is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine: 2014-2019. Her research and expertise examine the organizational influences on rare blood disorder health care systems. Dr. Baker serves as Public Health Director of the Western States Hemophilia Treatment Centers/Region IX: the regional network of 13 federally supported specialty blood disorder centers in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Guam.
In the Sickle Cell sphere, Dr. Baker is Policy Director for the Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative, a federal HRSA Sickle Cell Disease Demonstration Treatment Project throughout thirteen states and the US Pacific Islands. She serves as Public Health Director for Networking California for Sickle Cell Care, a statewide initiative to build a network adult sickle cell centers, enhance workforce, strengthen surveillance, and increase outreach/education.
At the national level, Dr. Baker Co-Chairs the Patient Satisfaction Survey for the US Hemophilia Treatment Center Network. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Hematology Utilization Group Study. Dr. Baker Co-Chairs the National Hemophilia Foundation's State of the Science-Research's Working Group on Diversity, Health Services Research and Implementation Science; and co-designs the public health track for NHF's Annual Bleeding Disorder Conference.
Dr. Baker completed two terms on FDA's Blood Product Advisory Committee.
Dr. Baker's research focuses on regional systems of rare blood disorder care, costs and burden of illness, organizational influences on quality and outcomes, implementation and dissemination, and evaluating 340B impact.
Dr. Baker's expertise is in implementation, spread, and evaluation of innovations in health care delivery, surveillance, clinical education, costs, and policy with a focus on vulnerable populations, particularly rare and under-recognized chronic and genetic disorders.
Health Care Delivery: Dr. Baker led the development of the first ever Hemophilia Treatment Centers in Nevada, Hawaii, and the US Pacific.
Clinical education: devised the landmark tri-regional advance practice seminars for Hemophilia Center clinicians throughout the Mountain, Northwest and Western US states and territories. More recently, co-developing a novel remote mini-certificate course in Sickle Cell Disease for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners being piloted at two California Universities.
Surveillance: Founding member of CDC's Female Bleeding Disorders Surveillance module and Co-Chair CDC's Bleeding Disorders Surveillance Socio-economic Health Status Work Group.
Cost: Policy: Devised 340B technical assistance series stimulating the adoption of Hemophilia Treatment Center 340B programs throughout the Western States Region.
Dr. Baker is executive producer of Blood Roots, a documentary which chronicles pioneers of the team based hemophilia care model in the Western US: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf3hruO1j9k
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