Liz Jacobs is Vice President for Research at Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Interim Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Prior to joining MaineHealth, she was the inaugural Chief of Primary Care and Valued Based Health, Professor of Medicine and Population Health Science and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. She attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco and trained as a general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship and an Associate Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
After struggling to care for limited English-speaking patients during medical school and residency, she decided to pursue a research career investigating disparities in health care. Dr. Jacobs’ research interests include access to, and cultural specificity of, medical care delivered to patients, the impact of interpreter service interventions on the cost and quality of healthcare, health literacy and numeracy, and the role that trust in health care plays in racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, The Russell Sage Foundation, The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Office of Minority Health.
She is recognized as an expert on the provision of linguistically accessible and culturally competent care and has served on Office of Minority Health, Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and AHRQ expert panels. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, edited two books, and authored numerous book chapters. In addition, she works with other investigators to design culturally specific research and teaches residents and medical students about practicing culturally sensitive medicine. Dr. Jacobs has practiced as a primary care physician in Federally Qualified Health Centers her entire career and looks forward to continuing to practice in Maine.