Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH

CHERP COIN Investigator

Attending Physician, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz (Philadelphia) VA Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine


The overall goal of Dr. Brown's research is to improve function among socioeconomically vulnerable older adults. To achieve this goal, she has examined the burden, risk factors, and outcomes of functional impairment and other geriatric conditions among vulnerable older populations. She is now working to develop targeted interventions to improve function for older adults in both clinic and community settings, through work funded by the VA as well as the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Brown is Principal Investigator on a VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) study, Implementation of Standardized Functional Status for Older Veterans, which focuses on improving identification and management of functional impairment for older Veterans in primary care settings.

In her clinical work, Dr. Brown supervises and trains medical students, residents, and fellows while providing care for older patients at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC).

Published Research

Examining fall risk among formerly homeless older adults living in permanent supportive housing. Health & Social Care in The Community (2019)
Brown R, et al.

Research Areas

  • Older Veterans