Chris M. Coombe, PhD, MPH
Chris M. Coombe, PhD, MPH, is a Research Associate with the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC). She received her PhD in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and her MPH from University of California, Berkeley, where she was instrumental in developing the Center for Public Health Practice. Dr. Coombe has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based interventions and collaborations using a participatory approach. She plays a lead role in curriculum development and evaluation of the URC's Neighborhoods Working in Partnership: Building Capacity for Policy Change project, which aims to engage Detroit residents in advocating for policies to improve health. She has taught graduate level courses in program planning and evaluation, group process, and integration of public health theory and practice.
Dr. Coombe has provided consultation and training to numerous public and non-profit organizations in organization development, strategic planning, fundraising, participatory evaluation, board development, and collaboration among diverse partners. In addition to CBPR, her research focuses on social determinants of health, particularly how housing and economic conditions of neighborhoods contribute to health inequities. She received a postdoctoral fellowship through the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), the University of Michigan's NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award, to translate community-based participatory research findings into policy interventions to improve health in urban communities.