Health Policy

Edith Parker

  • Senior Faculty Affiliate, Health Policy Research Program
  • Dean, College of Public Health
  • Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health
  • Director, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health

Biography

Edith Parker's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focuses on the design of community health promotion interventions that address social determinants of health and health disparities.

A nationally recognized expert on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Parker's work centers on engaging community members in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research interventions, and translating and disseminating research findings for program and policy change. She has consulted on community-academic partnerships in Alabama, California, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Canada, and has published extensively on the use and evaluation of such partnerships. Parker served on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan before joining the University of Iowa in 2010.

Research Interests

  • The development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based participatory interventions to improve health status
  • Global public health
  • Environmental health interventions
  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Health equity

Educational Background

  • DrPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1995
  • MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1989