Additional Hospital Affiliations: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Dr. Richards is a primary care provider for homeless veterans with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in West Los Angeles.
He also applies his clinical skills to the forensic evaluation of torture survivors and other individuals seeking asylum in the U.S.
Dr. Richards applies his training in internal medicine, epidemiology, health services and tropical medicine to develop clinically-oriented and population-based approaches to understand and address social determinants of health among vulnerable populations.
The aim of his U.S.-based research is to integrate societal values for health equity into the design, analysis, and reporting of epidemiologic, comparative- and cost-effectiveness research studies of cardiovascular disease (CVD). For example, he has explored how accounting for socioeconomic status (SES) affects CVD risk prediction and modifies treatment eligibility among disadvantaged populations and would impact historical and future trends in SES inequities in CVD risk. Current work aims to demonstrate how the values (analytic weights) society places on inequityweighted quality adjusted life years (iQALYs) influences the cost-effectiveness of three approaches to revent first CVD events with statins.
Since 2001 Dr. Richards has partnered with community organizations in Myanmar to develop measurement tools and evidence-based interventions to address the double burden of infectious and chronic diseases in peri-urban and remote rural populations. Prior foci included the epidemiology, control and elimination of malaria and artemisinin resistance; large Demographic and Health (DHS)-style surveys to document morbidity and mortality in previously unstudied populations; and the quantification of the health impacts of human rights violations. Adam’s current foci include: a pilot study of a community-oriented primary care model to prevent vertical transmission of hepatitis B and expand access to treatment for chronic HBV; developing population-based tools for CVD risk factor control; and a project based on WHO’s six building blocks for health systems strengthening, to enable ethnic and community based health organizations to equitably and efficiently deliver a basic package of essential health services, in support of the national goal of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2021; and serving as lead advisor for CPI’s new Community Based Participatory Research Initiative (CBPRI). In response to partner priorities Adam has supported studies on: lymphatic filariasis, undernutrition, deworming, access to care, trauma care, and migration and health. Opportunities exist for students, fellows, and faculty to partner with Adam and with Community Partners International (CPI, www.cpintl.org ) on topics of mutual interest listed above, as well as other areas that CPI supports (eg HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, mental health, and maternal, neonatal, child, sexual and reproductive health).