Dr. Israel is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. She received her Doctorate in Public Health and Master in Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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). One of the goals of the Center is to foster and support the development of equitable community-academic partnerships focused on understanding and addressing health inequities in the city of Detroit. The Detroit URC has facilitated the establishment of numerous such CBPR partnerships affiliated with the Center, which are engaged in multiple NIH and Foundation-funded basic etiologic research, intervention research and training projects aimed at increasing knowledge and addressing factors associated with health inequities. Dr. Israel is actively involved in several of these CBPR partnerships and projects examining, for example, the environmental triggers of childhood asthma and strategies for reducing them, the social and physical environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease, the impact of physical activity interventions on heart health, the translation of research findings into policy change, and capacity building for conducting CBPR and policy advocacy. Dr. Israel received the Excellence in Teaching Award at U-M SPH in 2007, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, at U-M in 2013, and the Game Changer Designation, in the field of health behavior and health education, by the American Journal of Health Promotion (2015).
- Dr.P.H., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
- M.P.H., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978
Research Interests & Projects
- Community Action Against Asthma
- Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments
- Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center
- Healthy Environments Partnership
- Measurement Approaches to Partnership Success
- Schulz, A.J., Israel, B.A., Coombe, C., Gains, C., Reyes, A., Rowe, Z., Sand, S., Strong, L., Weir, S.A. (In Press). A Community-based participatory planning process and multilevel intervention design: Toward eliminating cardiovascular health inequities. Health Promotion Practice.
- Israel, B.A., Coombe, C.M., Cheezum, R.R., Schulz, A.J., McGranaghan, R.J., et al. (2010). Community-based participatry research: A capacity building approach for policy advocacy aimed at eliminating health disparties. American Journal of Public Health 2094-2102.
- Parker, E.A., Chung, L.K., Israel, B.A., Reyes, A., Wilkins, D. (2010). Community Organizing Network for Environmental Health: Using a community health development approach to increase community capacity around reduction of environmental triggers. Journal of Primary Prevention 41-58.
- Strong, L.L., Israel, B.A., Schulz, A.J., Reyes,A.G., Rowe,Z., Weir,S.S., Poe,C. (2009). Piloting interventions within a community-based participatory research framework: Lessons learned from the Healthy Environments Partnership Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 327-334.
- Redwood, Y., Schulz, A.J., Israel, B.A., Yoshihama, M., Wang, C., Kreuter, M. (2009). Social, economic, and political processes that create built environment inequities: Perspectives from urban African Americans in Atlanta Family & Community Health 415-429.
- Israel, B.A., Schulz, A.J., Parker, E.A., Becker, A.B., Allen, A.J., and Guzman, J.R. (2008). Critical issues in developing and following CBPR principles. In Minkler, M., Wallerstein, N. (Ed.) Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomes 47-66. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
- Schulz, A.J., Zenk, S.N., Israel, B.A., Mentz, G., Stokes, C., Galea, S. (September, 2008). Do neighborhood economic characteristics, racial composition, and residential stability predict perceptions of stress associated with the physical and social environment? Findings from a multilevel analysis in Detroit. Journal of Urban Health 642-661.
- Parker, E.A., Israel, B.A., Robins, T.G., Mentz, G., Lin, X., Brakefield-Caldwell, W., Ramirez, E., Edgren, K.K., Salinas, M., Lewis, T.C. (2008). Evaluation of Community Action Against Asthma: A community health worker intervention to improve children's asthma-related health by reducing household environmental triggers for asthma. Health Education & Behavior 376-395.
- Schulz, A.J., House, J.S., Israel, B.A., Mentz, G., Dvonch, J.T., Miranda, P., Kannan, S., Koch, M. (2008). Relational pathways between socioeconomic position and cardiovascular risk in a multiethnic urban sample: Complexities and their implications for improving health in disadvantaged populations. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 638-646.
- Israel, B.A., Schulz, A.J., Estrada-Martinez, L., Zenk, S.N., Viruell-Fuentes, E., Villarruel, A.M., Stokes, C. (May, 2006). Engaging urban residents in assessing neighborhood environments and their implications for health. Journal of Urban Health 523-539.
- American Public Health Association
- Society for Public Health Education