Arturo Bustamante, M.P.P., Ph.D.


Work Titles
UCLA Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
Education:
Degrees:
Ph.D., UC Berkeley
M.A., UC Berkeley
M.P.P., UC Berkeley

Contact Information:

Work Email Address:

avb@ucla.edu


Website:

Personal homepage

Work Phone Number:

(310) 206-4744

Mailing Address:

UCLA Pub Hlth-Hlth Policy & Mgmnt
BOX 951772, 31-254B CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Detailed Biography:

Arturo Vargas Bustamante is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has a broad background in health policy, with specific training and expertise in health care survey research and data analysis, health care cost estimation, economic valuation and program evaluation. His research investigates unexplored or underexplored topics on access to health care, predominantly among Latinos/Hispanics and immigrants in the United States. He also specializes in the comparative analyses of health care delivery systems in Latin American countries. His research has been published in reputable health policy journals such as Health AffairsHealth Services ResearchSocial Science  and Medicine , the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , among others. The outcomes of his research have had direct policy applications, particularly since they estimate the share of disparities that can be attributed to socioeconomic and demographic factors and the corresponding part associated to health system variables, such as usual source of care and insurance status.  

Professor Vargas Bustamante holds a PhD (2008) in Public Policy, an M.A. (2006) in Economics and an M.P.P. (2004) all from UC-Berkeley. As part of his professional experience, he worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and for the California Program on Access to Care. Before he worked for the Health Care Financing Administration of the Mexican Ministry of Health.

Publications:

A selected list of publications:

Bustamante, Arturo Vargas   US-Mexico cross-border health visitors: how Mexican border cities in the state of Baja California address unmet healthcare needs from US residents Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2019; .
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Chen Jie   Lower barriers to primary care after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the United States of America Revista panamericana de salud publica = Pan American journal of public health, 2018; 42: e106.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Vilar-Compte Mireya, Ochoa Lagunas Adriana   Social support and chronic disease management among older adults of Mexican heritage: A U.S.-Mexico perspective Social science & medicine (1982), 2018; 216: 107-113.
Rodriguez Hector P, Friedberg Mark W, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Chen Xiao, Martinez Ana E, Roby Dylan H   The impact of integrating medical assistants and community health workers on diabetes care management in community health centers BMC health services research, 2018; 18(1): 875.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, McKenna Ryan M, Viana Joseph, Ortega Alexander N, Chen Jie   Access-To-Care Differences Between Mexican-Heritage And Other Latinos In California After The Affordable Care Act Health affairs (Project Hope), 2018; 37(9): 1400-1408.
Ortega Alexander N, McKenna Ryan M, Kemmick Pintor Jessie, Langellier Brent A, Roby Dylan H, Pourat Nadereh, Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Wallace Steven P   Health Care Access and Physical and Behavioral Health Among Undocumented Latinos in California Medical care, 2018; .
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Martinez Ana, Rich Jeremy, Chen Xiao, Rodriguez Hector P   Comparing costs of a senior wellness care redesign in group and independent physician practices of an accountable care organization The International journal of health planning and management, 2018; .
Palimaru Alina Ionela, Cunningham William E, Dillistone Marcus, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Liu Honghu, Hays Ron D   Preferences of adults with spinal cord injury for widely used health-related quality of life and subjective well-being measures The journal of spinal cord medicine, 2018; 1-12.
Palimaru Alina Ionela, Cunningham William E, Dillistone Marcus, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Liu Honghu, Hays Ron D   Development and psychometric evaluation of a Fatigability Index for full-time wheelchair users with spinal cord injury Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2018; 1-12.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Chen Jie, McKenna Ryan M, Ortega Alexander N   Health Care Access and Utilization Among U.S. Immigrants Before and After the Affordable Care Act Journal of immigrant and minority health, 2018; 1-12.
Vilar-Compte Mireya, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Lubben James   Validation Study of the Abbreviated Version of the Lubben Social Network Scale Spanish Translation among Mexican and Mexican-American Older Adults Journal of cross-cultural gerontology, 2018; 33(1): 83-99.
Palimaru Alina, Cunningham William E, Dillistone Marcus, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Liu Honghu, Hays Ron D   A comparison of perceptions of quality of life among adults with spinal cord injury in the United States versus the United Kingdom Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 2017; .
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, V Shimoga Sandhya   Comparing the Income Elasticity of Health Spending in Middle-Income and High-Income Countries: The Role of Financial Protection International journal of health policy and management, 2017; 7(3): 255-263.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Martinez Ana, Chen Xiao, Rodriguez Hector P   Clinic Workload, the Quality of Staff Relationships and Diabetes Management in Community Health Centers Catering to Latino and Chinese Patients Journal of community health, 2017; 42(3): 481-488.
Leung Lucinda B, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Martinez Ana E, Chen Xiao, Rodriguez Hector P   Disparities in Diabetes Care Quality by English Language Preference in Community Health Centers Health services research, 2016; 42(3): 481-488.
Friedberg Mark W, Rodriguez Hector P, Martsolf Grant R, Edelen Maria O, Vargas Bustamante Arturo   Measuring Workplace Climate in Community Clinics and Health Centers Medical care, 2016; 54(10): 944-9.
Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Novak Priscilla   Reducing Young Adults' Health Care Spending through the ACA Expansion of Dependent Coverage Health services research, 2016; 54(10): .
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Méndez Claudio A   Regulating self-selection into private health insurance in Chile and the United States The International journal of health planning and management, 2016; 31(3): e219-34.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas   U-Form vs. M-Form: How to Understand Decision Autonomy Under Healthcare Decentralization? Comment on "Decentralisation of Health Services in Fiji: A Decision Space Analysis" International journal of health policy and management, 2016; 5(9): 561-563.
Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Mortensen Karoline, Ortega Alexander N   Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care Access and Utilization Under the Affordable Care Act Medical care, 2016; 54(2): 140-6.
AuYoung Mona, Ponce Ninez A, Duru O Kenrik, Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Mangione Carol M, Rodriguez Hector P   Patient Activation is Inconsistently Associated with Positive Health Behaviors Among Obese Safety Net Patients Journal of immigrant and minority health, 2015; 54(2): .
Chen Jie, Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Tom Sarah E   Health Care Spending and Utilization by Race/Ethnicity Under the Affordable Care Act's Dependent Coverage Expansion American journal of public health, 2015; 105 Suppl 3: S499-507.
Ortega Alexander N, Rodriguez Hector P, Vargas Bustamante Arturo   Policy dilemmas in latino health care and implementation of the Affordable Care Act Annual review of public health, 2015; 36: 525-44.
Vilar-Compte Mireya, Sandoval-Olascoaga Sebastian, Bernal-Stuart Ana, Shimoga Sandhya, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo   The impact of the 2008 financial crisis on food security and food expenditures in Mexico: a disproportionate effect on the vulnerable Public health nutrition, 2014; 36: 1-9.
Langellier Brent A, Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Inkelas Moira, Ortega Alexander N   Understanding health-care access and utilization disparities among Latino children in the United States Journal of child health care : for professionals working with children in the hospital and community, 2014; 36: .
Bustamante Arturo Vargas   Globalization and medical tourism: the North American experience Comment on "Patient mobility in the global marketplace: a multidisciplinary perspective" International journal of health policy and management, 2014; 3(1): 47-9.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Chen Jie   The Great Recession and Health Spending among Uninsured U.S. Immigrants: Implications for the Affordable Care Act Implementation Health services research, 2014; .
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Méndez Claudio A   Health Care Privatization in Latin America: Comparing Divergent Privatization Approaches in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico Journal of health politics, policy and law, 2014; .
Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Mortensen Karoline, Thomas Stephen B   Using Quantile Regression to Examine Health Care Expenditures during the Great Recession Health services research, 2013; .
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Chen Jie, Fang Hai, Rizzo John A, Ortega Alexander N   Identifying health insurance predictors and the main reported reasons for being uninsured among US immigrants by legal authorization status The International journal of health planning and management, 2013; .
Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo   Treatment compliance under physician-industry relationship: a framework of health-care coordination in the USA International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care / ISQua, 2013; 25(3): 340-7.
Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Ortega Alexander N   Health care expenditures among Asian American subgroups Medical care research and review : MCRR, 2013; 70(3): 310-29.
Vargas-Bustamante Arturo   Menu labeling perception and health behaviors among immigrant and US born minority populations: Assessment in two Los Angeles public markets Salud pública de México, 2013; 55 Suppl 4(1): s515-22.
González-Block Miguel Ángel, de la Sierra-de la Vega Luz Angélica, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo   [Use of migrant's remittances from California on dependent's healthcare in Mexico] Salud pública de México, 2013; 55 Suppl 4(1): s459-67.
González Block Miguel Angel, Vargas Bustamante Arturo, de la Sierra Luz Angélica, Martínez Cardoso Aresha   Redressing the Limitations of the Affordable Care Act for Mexican Immigrants Through Bi-National Health Insurance: A Willingness to Pay Study in Los Angeles Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2012; 70(3): .
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Chen Jie   Health expenditure dynamics and years of U.S. residence: analyzing spending disparities among Latinos by citizenship/nativity status Health services research, 2012; 47(2): 794-818.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Van der Wees Philip J   Integrating immigrants into the U.S. health system The virtual mentor : VM, 2012; 14(4): 318-23.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Fang Hai, Garza Jeremiah, Carter-Pokras Olivia, Wallace Steven P, Rizzo John A, Ortega Alexander N   Variations in healthcare access and utilization among Mexican immigrants: the role of documentation status Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2012; 14(1): 146-55.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Laugesen Miriam, Caban Mabel, Rosenau Pauline   United States-Mexico cross-border health insurance initiatives: Salud Migrante and medicare in Mexico Revista panamericana de salud pública = Pan American journal of public health, 2012; 31(1): 74-80.
Stoddard Pamela, Handley Margaret A, Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Schillinger Dean   The influence of indigenous status and community indigenous composition on obesity and diabetes among Mexican adults Social science & medicine (1982), 2011; 73(11): 1635-43.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Chen Jie   Physicians cite hurdles ranging from lack of coverage to poor communication in providing high-quality care to latinos Health affairs (Project Hope), 2011; 30(10): 1921-9.
Chen Jie, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo   Estimating the effects of immigration status on mental health care utilizations in the United States Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health, 2011; 13(4): 671-80.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas   Comparing federal and state healthcare provider performance in villages targeted by the conditional cash transfer programme of Mexico Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH, 2011; 13(4): .
Laugesen Miriam J, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo   A patient mobility framework that travels: European and United States-Mexican comparisons Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2010; 97(2-3): 225-31.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo   The tradeoff between centralized and decentralized health services: evidence from rural areas in Mexico Social science & medicine (1982), 2010; 71(5): 925-34.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Chen Jie, Rodriguez Hector P, Rizzo John A, Ortega Alexander N   Use of preventive care services among Latino subgroups American journal of preventive medicine, 2010; 38(6): 610-9.
Chen Jie, Fang Hai, Vargas-Bustamante Arturo, Rizzo John A, Ortega Alexander N   Latino disparities in prescription drug use and expenditures: a nationally representative analysis The Annals of pharmacotherapy, 2010; 44(1): 57-69.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Fang Hai, Rizzo John A, Ortega Alexander N   Heterogeneity in health insurance coverage among US Latino adults Journal of general internal medicine, 2009; 24 Suppl 3: 561-6.
Rodríguez Michael A, Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Ang Alfonso   Perceived quality of care, receipt of preventive care, and usual source of health care among undocumented and other Latinos Journal of general internal medicine, 2009; 24 Suppl 3: 508-13.
Vargas Bustamante Arturo, Fang Hai, Rizzo John A, Ortega Alexander N   Understanding observed and unobserved health care access and utilization disparities among US Latino adults Medical care research and review : MCRR, 2009; 66(5): 561-77.
Bustamante Arturo Vargas, Ojeda Gilbert, Castañeda Xóchitl   Willingness to pay for cross-border health insurance between the United States and Mexico Health affairs (Project Hope), 2009; 27(1): 169-78.

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