Arleen F. Brown, MD, PhD

Arleen F. Brown, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, received a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California San Francisco and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Services from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Brown has expertise in quality of care for older adults and minorities with diabetes and her research has focused on health care systems, and social- and individual-level determinants of health for persons with diabetes particularly projects to improve self-management skills in older African Americans and Latinos with diabetes.


2002-03 & 2003-04


2003-2004 Pilot Project, “The neighborhood environment and the health of older adults with chronic illness.” Dr. Arleen F. Brown’s two (2) RCMAR/CHIME-funded projects – funded in 2002-03 and 2003-04 – built on each other to evaluate the influence of neighborhood characteristics on health status and other health outcomes for persons with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, asthma and depression. Initial analyses suggested that persons with these chronic conditions who live in poor neighborhoods report worse health status than those who live in rich neighborhoods.. For persons without chronic conditions, the differences in health status were much smaller. Dr. Brown performed analyses using the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS ) data to explore these differences and to identify characteristics of poorer neighborhoods that contribute to poorer health status for people with chronic conditions.


2002-2003 Pilot Project, “The effect of the neighborhood environment on health status for adults with chronic conditions and the food resource environment, food store selection, and the health of families in L.A. FANS.”


  • Brown AF, Ang A, Pebley AR. The relationship between neighborhood characteristics and self-rated health for adults with chronic conditions. American Journal of Public Health. 2007 May;97(5):926-32. Epub 2007 Mar 29. PMID: 17395847. PMCID: PMC1854885.
  • Brown AF, Vargas RB, Ang A, Pebley AR. The food resource environment and the health of residents with chronic conditions. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2008;23:1137-44. PMID: 18483833. PMCID: PMC2517955