Senior Research Scholar and Team Leader, Health Team (Systems Group)
Senior Research Scholar, Health Team Leader, Systems Group, and Researcher, Pathfinder Team, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Michal Laron has worked at MJB since 2012. As a researcher in the Aging Team (Family Group), her main research areas were: coping with dementia, loneliness in old age, and integrated care.
As a researcher in the Pathfinder Team, Michal addressed the issue of affordable housing.
Since assuming office as Health Team Leader in 2020, Michal has led studies on health behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote health care services, and health and digital literacy.
Michal holds a BA in Sociology and Communications an MA in Anthropology and Sociology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a PhD in Sociology from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Michal Laron can be contacted at [email protected] or by phone, at 972-2-655-7430.
The Reform in the System of Child Development Services: The Situation on the Eve of the Reform and a Survey of Professionals’ Views
The goal of this study was to examine the trends in the use of the system of child development services and in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder or with somatic disability that were diagnosed and treated during the period preceding the reform, with a focus on the situation on the eve of the reform, so as to establish a baseline for monitoring changes in the wake of the reform. An associated goal was to provide insights about the views of senior professionals in the field of child development (hereinafter: directors) regarding the changes that took place in the last decade in the system of child development services and the 2020 reform in the system.
Obesity and Diabetes among the Arab Population in Israel: Prevalence, Lifestyle and Usage of Healthcare Services
The goals of the research were: To present the existing information on overweight, obesity and diabetes among the Arab population according to three categories: (a) morbidity and mortality; (b) healthy lifestyle habits; and (c) usage of healthcare services. To identity gaps in the data needed in order to carry out a comprehensive and up-to-date evaluation of the morbidity situation and to achieve an understanding of the situation that will facilitate efficient planning for the future.
Helpline and Home Visit Program for People with Dementia and Their Families: A Formative Evaluation Study
The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute has conducted a formative evaluation study to assess the helpline’s ability to reach out and contribute to the relevant target population. Namely, to assess the degree to which it meets the needs of the patients and their families in routine and emergency situations and helps them cope with the illness symptoms.
Population Survey on the Level of Service and Health Care System Performance in 2021-2022
The multi-year goal of the series of biennial surveys is to examine various aspects of the health care system performance: patients’ perspectives regarding their care experience and satisfaction with the level of service; the quality of the primary and secondary care services; public trust in the health care system; service accessibility and availability; and the use of telehealth services. Other issues were also examined in the 2021-2022 survey: the use of telehealth services, examined from a broader perspective; preventive medicine; home hospitalization as an alternative to inpatient hospital care; satisfaction with the health plans during the COVID-19 pandemic; and language accessibility.
Children, Youth and Young Adults
The “Testing and Learning” Framework for Coping With the COVID-19 Pandemic in Elementary Schools: Examination of Parents’ Familiarity With the Framework and Compliance With the Guidelines
The goal of this study was to examine the extent to which parents of elementary school students were familiar and willing to comply with the framework.
Use and Barriers to the Use of Remote Health Services among the Arab Population in Israel
The objectives of this research were to examine the characteristics of telehealth service usage, the users’ characteristics, as well as the barriers to such usage among the Arab population in Israel.
Buyer’s Price Program (Mechir Lamishtaken): Evaluation Study
Background The past fifteen years have been characterized by steep increases in housing prices and a decline in the affordability of housing in Israel. Given this situation, the need for affordable housing is now prominent in the public discourse. Efforts to achieve this goal are reflected in a set of policy instruments designed to provide […]
The Project to Reduce and Cope with Feelings of Loneliness among Older Adults
The study had three main goals: 1. To examine the contribution of each program implemented in a locality to the older adults participating (the individual level); 2. To examine each program’s contribution to further addressing the issue of loneliness in every locality where it was conducted (the field level); 3. To formulate insights and recommendations about the programs to reduce loneliness (the policy level).
Predictors of Health Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Preferences regarding Receipt of Professional Services
The study goal was to examine the correlation between the respondents' socio-demographic background and the changes in their health behaviors and emotional state during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this analysis is to identify vulnerable groups and to learn their preferences regarding the receipt of professional help.
Health Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Preliminary Findings
Background On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. Following the rapid spread of the virus, the Ministry of Health in Israel, as in many other countries, issued increasingly strict directives severely restricting movement outside of the home, including the closure of educational institutions, the cancellation of group […]
A Time for Leisure — Social Activity for Housebound Members of Supportive Communities: An Evaluation Study
The goals of the study were to examine the program's implementation and contribution to participants with the focus on the sense of loneliness social involvement and psychological wellbeing.
Quality of Care for Dementia Patients, their Unmet Needs and those of their Families
Dementia is one of the most prevalent and severe illnesses affecting older adults. Based on a national survey conducted by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, it is estimated that 154,000 people in Israel suffer from one form or another of dementia and the figure is expected to rise to 290,000 in 2030. Studies conducted abroad have found […]
Palliative Services in General Hospitals and Geriatric Medical Centers in Israel
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. It does so by preventing and relieving suffering by means of early identification and thorough assessment of the symptoms and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems. Directive 30/2009 […]
Support Groups for Family Caregivers of Elders with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In light of increasing awareness of the importance of the role of family members in caring for the elderly, the impact of this on them (such as overload and harming their quality of life) and the need to develop appropriate programs for them, the National Insurance Institute launched an experimental program. In the program, 77 short-term support groups were held throughout Israel which gave the participants support and information.
Addressing Alzheimer’s and Other Types of Dementia:Israeli National Strategy Summary Document of the Interdisciplinary, Inter-Organizational Group of Experts
As populations age, the prevalence of chronic diseases and related disabilities rises significantly. Dementia is one of the major illnesses associated with aging. The national strategic plan for dealing with the challenges posed by the disease, as presented in this document.
Laron, M., & Penn, N. (2023). Use and barriers to the use of telehealth services in the Arab population in Israel: a cross sectional survey. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 12, 21. doi.org/10.1186/s13584-023-00569-6
Laron, M., & Mannheim, I. (2018). Reducing and coping with loneliness: A formative evaluation study of 23 interventions. Innovation in Aging, 2(Suppl. 1), 736.
Laron, M., Mannheim, I., Brodsky, J., Sternberg, S., Zalomonson, S., Plaeucu, D., & Shefet, D. (2018). Barriers and enablers to timely diagnosis of dementia from the patient’s perspective. Innovation in Aging, 2(suppl_1), 532.
Laron, M., Mannheim, I., Brodsky, J., Sternberg, S., Zalomonson, S., Kertesz, D. P., & Shefet, D. (2018). Barriers and enablers to timely diagnosis of dementia: Patient’s and families points of view. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, 14(7), P1642.
Lemberger, J., Rasooly, I., Sternberg, S., Brodsky, J., & Laron, M. (2017). From research to policy to implementation: The case of the israeli national strategic plan to address alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, 13(7), P1468.