Barbara Israel


Barbara A. Israel, MPH, DrPH, is a Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan. She has published widely in the areas of: the social and physical environmental determinants of health and health inequities; the relationship among stress, social support, control and physical and mental health; and community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Israel has extensive experience conducting CBPR in collaboration with partners in diverse communities. Since 1995, she has worked together with academic and community partners to establish and maintain the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC). The Center facilitates the development of affiliated CBPR partnerships that have conducted multiple NIH and Foundation-funded basic etiologic research and intervention research projects aimed at increasing knowledge and addressing factors associated with health inequities in Detroit. Dr. Israel is actively involved in several of these CBPR projects examining and addressing, for example, the environmental triggers of childhood asthma, the social and physical environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease, the impact of air quality on health, and capacity building for and translating research findings into policy change. The Detroit URC is a partner in CAPHE and Dr. Israel is a Co-Investigator.