Joan R. Bloom is a Professor of Health Policy and Management, at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She is interested in the prevention, early detection and long term effects of chronic disease and its treatment on one’s quality of life defined broadly to include the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being. She has a special interest in designing and testing interventions to reduce the effects of chronic disease and its treatment. Within this broad area, I am interested in one’s response to being at greater than average risk due to one’s family history. I have also had an interest in disparities in health outcomes due to age and ethnicity. A second interest has focused on the organizations in which health care is delivered and the effectiveness of new programs that are implemented such as changes in the financing and the delivery of care.