Civic Engagement and Public Policy Public Forum
Building Healthy Environments in Diverse Settings: The Value Added by Community-Engaged Research
Dr. Minkler will speak about creating health environments, especially for communities that are often overlooked including communities of disability, non-English speaking communities, and environmental justice communities. She will explore the value and challenges of community-engaged research and the role this work plays in developing healthy environments. Dr. Minkler is Professor of Health and Social Behavior, and Director of the Health and Social Behavior Program, at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She has over 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing community partnerships, community organizing, and community-based participatory research (CBPR), and work with diverse groups including the low-income elderly, people with disabilities, youth, and women of color. Her current research interests include the empowerment and advocacy interventions with youth and the elderly, the impact of CBPR on public policy, and using CBPR to reduce late-stage diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. She is a prolific writer of over 120 articles and 7 books including Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare (3d ed., 2012) and Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomes (2d ed., 2008, with Nina Wallerstein).