Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, MPH
Barbara A. Israel, DrPH, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan where she joined the faculty in 1982. She received her MPH and DrPH degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was Deputy Editor of Health Education & Behavior from 1989 to 2003 and is the author or coauthor of more than eighty journal articles and book chapters in the areas of community-based participatory research (CBPR), social support and stress, social determinants of health and health inequities, evaluation, and community empowerment and health. She has nearly 30 years of experience in conducting CBPR in collaboration with partners in diverse ethnic communities.[delete this â€˜graph break]Dr. Israel is the Director of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC), funded initially through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and presently funded by The Skillman Foundation and the University of Michigan.
She is involved in several of the CBPR partnerships and projects affiliated with the URC (CAAA, HEP, REACH, NWP) focusing on: an examination of the social and physical environmental determinants of childhood asthma and intervention strategies aimed at reducing these determinants; diabetes management and prevention; the relationships between psychosocial and physical environmental and biological factors and cardiovascular disease, and strategies for addressing these factors; and building capacity for and engaging in policy change aimed at eliminating health disparities. Dr. Israel teaches a graduate course in CBPR and received the Excellence in Teaching Award at UM SPH. She has designed, conducted, and evaluated numerous workshops and presentations on CBPR and frequently consults on the use of a CBPR approach.