Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter

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Laurene Tumiel Berhalter, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Community Translational Research in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Family Medicine.

An epidemiologist by training, she has over 25 years’ experience conducting community based participatory research and health disparities research to improve chronic disease self-management and cancer prevention among underserved communities. She has worked with a variety of partners from both urban and rural communities. For over 11 years, she has worked with the Patient Voices Network (PVN), a grassroots group of patients receiving care from safety-net practices, to design and implement programs to improve the delivery of health care using a Patient Ambassador model, a peer support model to empower patients in their own care and address social determinants of health. As Director of the Community Engagement Team at the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) she is committed to building infrastructure to facilitate community engagement and community partnered research. A major part of this work is to develop and communicate culturally relevant and appropriate information to diverse community groups.

Related Publications:

Reilly SM, Wilson Crowley M, Harold P, Hemphill D, Tumiel Berhalter L. (2018) Patient Voices Network: Bringing Breast Cancer Awareness and Action into Underserved Communities. Journal of the National Medical Association (Oct), 110(5): 448-454.

Grape A, Rhee H, Wicks M, Tumiel-Berhalter L, Sloand E. (2018) Recruitment and retention strategies for an urban adolescent study: Lessons learned from a multi-center study of community-based asthma self-management intervention for adolescents. Journal of adolescence (Jun), 65: 123-132. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2018.03.004

Vitale K, Newton GL, Abraido-Lanza AF, Aguirre AN, Ahmed S, Esmond SL, Evans J, Gelmon SB, Hart C, Hendricks D, McClinton-Brown R, Young SN, Stewart MK, Tumiel-Berhalter LM. (2018) Community Engagement in Academic Health Centers: A Model for Capturing and Advancing Our Successes. Journal of community engagement and scholarship (Jan), 10(1): 81-90.

Williams EM, Terrell J, Anderson J, Tumiel-Berhalter L. (2016) A Case Study of Community Involvement Influence on Policy Decisions: Victories of a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership. International journal of environmental research and public health (May), 13(5). doi:10.3390/ijerph13050515

Chambers MK, Ireland A, D. (2015) Lessons Learned from the Evolution of an Academic Community Partnership: Creating "Patient Voices". Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action (Jan), 9(2): 243-51. doi:10.1353/cpr.2015.0032

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