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Community Health

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Faculty: Health Disparities

  • Julie Bobitt
    Julie Bobitt
    Teaching Assistant Professor, I-Health Director

    jbobitt@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on evaluating the dissemination and implementation of policies and programs for older adults. This work informs policy makers and promotes the development of better programs to improve the lives of older adults.”

    Website: Aging and Health Policy Lab

  • Kristen DiFilippo
    Kristen DiFilippo
    Teaching Assistant Professor

    kdifilip@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on the use of apps to support nutrition education and health behavior change. My work centers on providing nutrition and health educators with tools and strategies to support behavior change for preventing and managing chronic diseases.”

  • Timothy Hale
    Timothy Hale
    Teaching Associate Professor

    timhale@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of health technologies that enable people to live healthy and active lives. I pay special attention to digital inequalities and study how differences in technology adoption and use contribute to social and health disparities. My goals are to ensure that new health technologies are equitable and contribute to reducing health disparities.”

  • Hyojung Kang
    Hyojung Kang
    Assistant Professor

    hyokang@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on developing data-driven models for improvement of patient outcomes, system performance, and decision making. Using systems science and data analytics approaches, my work helps identify complex problems in healthcare delivery systems and public health as well as design and evaluate effective interventions”.

  • Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
    Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
    Assistant Professor

    laracini@illinois.edu

     

    “My research focuses on mental health disparities in women and mothers, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and veteran caregivers. I examine how psychosocial, cultural, structural, and physiological factors are associated with poor mental health in my populations of interest.”

  • Karin Rosenblatt
    Karin Rosenblatt
    Associate Professor

    krosenbl@illinois.edu

     

    “I study what the risk and protective factors are for cancer in populations. This provides information about how to prevent cancer in different groups in the population.”

  • Andiara Schwingel
    Andiara Schwingel
    Associate Professor

    andiara@illinois.edu

     

    “I study ways to improve the health of underserved populations (e.g,. U.S. Latino immigrants, older adults, and rural dwellers) through community health programs that are both culturallysensitive and sustainable. My research informs public health policy and practice that can lead to healthier communities.”

  • Chelsea R. Singleton
    Chelsea R. Singleton
    Assistant Professor

    csingle1@illinois.edu

     

    “My research examines how the retail food environment affects a person’s food shopping habits, dietary intake, and risk for diet-related chronic diseases. I focus my work on predominately low-income and minority communities because they often have limited access to stores that sell healthy foods. I primarily utilize epidemiologic and community-based participatory research methods to accomplish my research aims.”