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Natalia Alfonso, MS

  • Research Associate

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4640
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MS, Johns Hopkins University, 2012


Ms. Alfonso is a health economist and health services researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include health financing, health disparities, economics of disease prevention, and access to care for vulnerable populations. Her expertise includes mathematical models of cost-effectiveness, econometric analysis, and program evaluation. Ms. Alfonso’s current projects explore the relationship between public health spending and health outcomes, geographical disparities in health, economic burden of preventable diseases and health conditions, and the economic impact of NCDs, maternal, child and adolescent health interventions. She has published in leading health services and public health research journals, including Health Economics, Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of Health Care Finance, JAIDS and others. Her prior experience at Multilateral Organizations and NGOs focused on the social determinants of health and increasing health care access to at risk populations. Ms. Alfonso received her MS in Applied Economics with a concentration in health economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 2012.

  • Health economics
  • International health and development
  • Health disparities
  • Health financing
  • Health systems
  • Child health and development
  • Maternal health
  • Urban health

Selected publications from the last five years

  • Leider JP, Alfonso N, Resnick B, Brady E, McCullough JM, Bishai D. Assessing The Value Of 40 Years Of Local Public Expenditures On Health. Health Affairs. 2018;37(4): 560-569.
  • Szanton SL, Alfonso N, Leff B, et al. Medicaid Cost Savings of a Preventive Home Visit Program for Disabled Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018;66(3):614-620
  • Alfonso YN, Ding G, Bishai D. Income Elasticity of Vaccines Spending versus General Healthcare Spending. Health Economics. 2016;25(7):860-872.
  • Alfonso YN, Bishai D, Nantongo A, et al. Trends in the Marginal Cost of Male Circumcision in Rural Rakai Uganda. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2016;73(5):564-571.
  • Alfonso YN, Bishai D, Bua J, Mutebi A, Mayora C, Ekirapa-Kiracho E. Cost-effectiveness analysis of a voucher scheme combined with obstetrical quality improvements: quasi experimental results from Uganda. Health Policy and Planning. 2015;30(1):88-99