Ethan recently completed his second academic year as faculty at California State University, Sacramento in the Division of Social Work. This is the same department where he earned his Masters of Social Work in 2002. In the coming semester, he will teach SWRK 150, Social Welfare in America, and SWRK 151, Health Services and Systems.
He will continue in his research agenda, focusing on healthcare systems and reform, as research affiliate with the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research.
Prior to returning to graduate studies, Ethan served as executive director to the Sacramento Housing Alliance, where he led a campaign to ensure that affordable housing is an integrated part of new communities. He also studied international housing and homeless policy as an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow. Ethan earned his BA with honors in Sociology and Political Science at Kent State University.
Areas of Interest
Health Disparities, Policy and Systems Reform; Social Welfare and the Welfare State; Organization Studies
PhD, Sociology. University of California, Davis. August 2016
MA, Social Work. California State University. Sacramento. June 2002
BA, Sociology & Political Science (summa cum laude). Kent State University. December 1997
I study health and health care policy, exploring structural inequality and
processes transforming American systems of social welfare and their governance.
Extend institutional analysis to explore impacts on patient health.
Refereed Journal Articles
Melnikow, J., Evans, Ethan J., Xing, G., et. al. (2020). New Patient Access to Primary Care for California Medicaid Enrollees: A Simulated Patient Call Study. Annals of Family Medicine. 18(3):210-17.
Moulin, A. K., Evans, Ethan J., Xing, G., & Melnikow, J. (2018). Substance Use, Homelessness, Mental Illness and Medicaid coverage: A set-up for High Emergency Department Utilization. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 19(6), 902-906.
Evans, Ethan, B. McCarthy, C. Benoit, and M. Jansson. (2018) "Early Trouble, Long-term Consequences: Does Family Instability Keep People from Doctors?" Social Science Quarterly. 99(2):599-615. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12448.
Evans, Ethan and Caren Arbeit. (2017). “What’s the difference? Health Insurance Coverage and Care Service Access: Disparities and Varied Barriers for Immigrant Children in the U.S.” International Migration. 55(5):8-30.
2018. Review of Social Work Practice and Social Welfare Policy in the United States: A History by
Philip R. Popple. Spring 2018 - Part 4. https://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/pageId/1355/m/464
2017. "Even if Obamacare is Repealed, Institutional Changes Will Persist and Lessons can be Learned." Scholars Strategy Network, Policy Briefs. May.
2013. "Unequal Access: Insurance Coverage and Immigrant Generational Status of Diverse Children." Pp. 102-27 in Health Care and Immigration: Understanding the Connections, edited by P. Fernandez-Kelley and A. Portes. New York, NY: Routledge.
Hamilton, Erin and Ethan Evans. 2012. "State Health Insurance Policy and Insuring Immigrant Children." Policy Brief: UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Vol. 1, Number 4.
2008. “Yes we do! Blick auf die Sozialleistungen und Wohnungslosenhilfe in den USA.” Wohnungslos. BAG W – Verlag. 4:139-42.
Editor Reviewed Column
Reed, S., Evans, Ethan J., Hooyman, N. (2020). "Social Work: Leading the Move Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health." Health & Social Work. 45(2), 77–79.
(2019). “Toward a Socially Oriented Model of Health: Institutionalize Help for Patients to Overcome Particular Social Difficulties.” Health & Social Work. 44(3), 145-148.
(2019). “Health Policy in 2019: Hot Topics and a Call for Social Workers to Pursue Elected Office.” Health & Social Work. 44(2), 72-73.
(2019). “The No-Wrong-Door Approach: Antidote to Boundaries within the American Welfare State.” Health & Social Work. 44(1), 8-12.
(2018). “Get Out the Vote: Social Work and the Midterm Elections.” Health & Social Work. 43(3), 145-146.
(2018). “Happy Birthday, National Health Line: A Long History and Solid Foundation for the Future.” Health & Social Work. 43(3), 145-146.
Evans, Ethan J. “Lessons from the Affordable Care Act: Explaining Policy Divergence between Intention and Outcome.” Social Problems.
Melnikow, Joy, E. Evans, G. Xing, S. Durbin, D. Ritley, M. Youm, and L. McGregor. “Access to Primary Care for California Medicaid Enrollees: A Secret Shopper Study.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.
Moulin, Aimee, E. Evans. Substance Use, Homelessness, Mental Illness and Medicaid coverage; A set up for high ED utilization. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.
“what they need…is a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves.”
C. Wright Mills
The Sociological Imagination
Instructor of Record
Social Policy in America, Fall 2018.
"Values are at the root of understanding the history, philosophy and functioning of social welfare policies and programs in the United States."
Intermediate Statistics, Spring 2016.
"Familiarity with statistics allows students to be better-informed, more engaged citizens."
Intro to Quantitative Research Methods, Summer 2015; Winter 2018.
"Statistical tools help us understand the information that we encounter in the course of daily life and make us more informed, critical consumers of knowledge."
Urban Society, Summer 2014.
“How we live our lives is shaped by where we live our lives.”
Soc 001: Introduction to Sociology
Soc 002: Self and Society
Soc 003: Social Problems
Soc 005: Globalization
Soc 46B: Intro to Research Methods, Quantitative
Soc 140: Social Stratification
Soc 148: Collective Behavior, Collective Episodes
Soc 180A: Complex Organizations
Soc 206: Regression Analysis
Assistant Professor, August 2018 - present
The mission of the Division of Social Work is to prepare individuals aspiring to become Social Work professionals who can both lead and serve the region in the development and delivery of human services which promote the value of humankind and improve the quality of life.
Research Affiliate, October 2016 - Present
Project: Evaluating Medi-Cal Access to Primary Care in the Greater Sacramento Area: A “Mystery Shopper” Study.
PI: Joy Melnikow, CHPR Director.
Fellow, 2007 - 2009
Project Title: Homelessness: An International Comparison of Service and Policy.
Local Affiliations: Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe, e.V. Bielefeld, Germany; Evangelische Gesellschaft. Stuttgart, Germany.
Executive Director, 2002-2007
SHA is a regional coalition working to ensure that all people in the Sacramento region have safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing in healthy neighborhoods, supported by equitable public policies and practices.
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