UCCS Southern Colorado Economic Forum to be led by health care and economics expert

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Tatiana Bailey
Tatiana Bailey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Tatiana Bailey, a leading expert on health economics, policy and urban economic development, is the new director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business.

Bailey is currently an instructor at the University of Michigan and Walsh College where she teaches courses in health economics, health policy and finance, and micro/macroeconomics. She is also a private consultant in the health care field where she focuses on evaluation and cost effectiveness analyses, and in the economic development field where she focuses on enhancing inner city employment opportunities.

Previously, Bailey as a business administrator for the University of Michigan Health System, wrote grants and was the principal investigator for numerous health-related interventions focusing upon worksite wellness and improving access in low-income communities. She worked on programs related to improving work readiness and work opportunities for at-risk populations in large, urban centers.

Currently, Bailey does presentations to audiences about the general framework of the U.S. health care system and details of the Affordable Care Act. She is also the principal investigator for a comprehensive study on the cost implications of Medicaid expansion in Michigan. She is the lead evaluator for a $100 million, philanthropic initiative aimed at improving economic development in Detroit primarily through entrepreneurial training and support. She is also researching the long-term financial and social implications of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Bailey holds a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also holds master’s degrees in public health and economics from UM. She earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

“I’m delighted that such an experienced, talented professional will be joining our team,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “Dr. Bailey’s expertise in urban economic development, as well as the critical area of health care administration and policy will provide important leadership for our business community.”

“I also want to personally express my appreciation to Tom Zwirlein and Fred Crowley who have shown such great leadership with the forum,” Reddy continued. “Southern Colorado and our local business community have truly benefitted from the expertise and dedication of these two leaders and professionals. The forum has never been stronger.”

The Southern Colorado Economic Forum is a university and community supported research effort of the UCCS College of Business. It is the premier resource for local economic information and brings together experts from the public, private, and academic sectors to report annually on the southern Colorado economy. Tom Zwirlein, professor, College of Business, has been with the forum since its 1997 inception and was appointed director in 2002. Fred Crowley, senior instructor, College of Business, joined the forum in 2002 as associate director and performed much of the regional economic analysis. Both Zwirlein and Crowley are retiring from the forum after establishing it as a vital collaboration between UCCS and the business community. For more information, visit www.southerncoloradoeconomicforum.com.

The UCCS College of Business was established in 1965 and has more than 1,000 undergraduates and 350 MBA and distance MBA students. The College of Business and Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Innovation degrees. The Graduate School of Business Administration awards the Master of Business Administration degree. More than 8,000 alumni of the College of Business live and work around the world. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/business.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.