Laura Samuel

Laura Samuel



Laura Samuel seeks to advance health equity for low-income individuals and families through two related streams of research. First, she has built a body of evidence demonstrating that financial strain contributes to aging-related health disparities and that housing conditions, such as disorder in the home, partly account for socioeconomic disparities. Second, she evaluates the health impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on health outcomes. This research has shown that better access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is associated with lower rates of food insecurity and improved health outcomes for low-income adults. Her research interests stem from her prior experience helping families meet their basic needs as a family nurse practitioner working in primary care. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

JHU Center Affiliation:
Center for Equity in Aging
Hopkins Housing & Health Collaborative
Johns Hopkins Center on Aging & Health
Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center
Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care

Specialties and Expertise
  • Aging
  • Chronic Care
  • Disabilities
  • Disparities
  • Equity
  • Gerontology
  • Public Health
  • Quantitative Research Methods/Statistics
  • Research Design
  • Social Determinants of Health