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Debbi Main, PhD

Debbi Main, PhD (faculty advisor) is Chair and Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Her personal research centers on understanding and measuring the influence of social and structural factors on health and health care in two key areas: (1) understanding the influence of structures and processes on the quality and outcomes of medical care and (2) understanding the influence of built and social environments on health and health disparities. The majority of her current research involves a large-scale, five-neighborhood community based participatory research (CBPR) initiative in the Denver metropolitan area, called Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart. Through funding from National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation and others, Dr. Main and her community and academic collaborators have collected and analyzed comprehensive data on the health of people and neighborhoods, contributing new theoretical and methodological knowledge on the influence of built and social environments on health and health disparities and disseminating in-depth information throughout communities to identify contextually relevant programs, policies and environmental changes to improve neighborhood health.


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