Jessica Ramsay is a Senior Research Area Specialist and LEO Lecturer in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She completed her MPH in Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, she serves as the Project Director for Take Heart, an adapted heart disease self-management program for older adults in Detroit, who suffer a disproportionate burden of heart disease and related risk factors. Prior to joining HBHE, she spent 10 years in Chicago where she began as a Health Educator in the Cook Country Health System and went on to manage several community-based research initiatives focused on improving chronic illness self-management and promoting health behavior change among youth and adults living in some of Chicago's most vulnerable communities. Broadly, her interests lie at the intersection of public health practice and community-based research, with a focus on vulnerable populations.
Additionally, Jessica has extensive experience training and supervising Community Health Workers to deliver comprehensive health education and overall support for youth and adults managing chronic illness. She is passionate about the model and the positive impact CHWs have on individuals, communities and the health care system. She is also interested in the application of evidence-based techniques to motivate and encourage behavior change, such as Motivational Interviewing and goal setting strategies.
- HBEHED 628: Chronic Illness Interventions: Midlife To Older Adulthood
- HBEHED 630: Aging and Health Behavior
- M.P.H., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
- B.A., Psychology, Minor in Spanish, Ohio University, 2005
- Ramsay, J.E., Hogan, C.K., Janevic, M.R., Courser, R.C., Allgood, K.L., Connell, C.M. Comparison of Recruitment Strategies for Engaging Older Minority Adults: Results From Take Heart. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 2019 May
- Ramsay J, Hogan C, Edwards D, Janevic M, Connell C. Utilizing the replicating effective programs framework to adapt an evidence based heart disease self-management program for older adults. Health Promotion Practice, 2018 May
- Ramsay J, Schwindt T, Nguyen T, Margellos-Anast H. Translating a proven pediatric healthy homes asthma intervention to adults. Health Promotion Practice, 2016 Oct
- Gutierrez Kapheim M, Ramsay J, Schwindt T, Hunt B, Margellos-Anast H. Utilizing the community health worker model to communicate strategies for asthma self-management and self-advocacy among public housing residents. Journal of Healthcare Communications, 2015 Jul
- Martin MA, Press VG, Erwin K, Margellos-Anast H, Ignoffo S, McMahon KS, Mosnaim G, Ramsay J, Paik SM, CHICAGO Plan Investigators. Engaging end-users in intervention research study design. Journal of Asthma, 2017 Jul
- Erwin Kim, Martin Molly A, Flippin Tara, Norell Sarah, Shadlyn Ariana, Yang Jie, Falco Paula, Rivera Jaime, Ignoffo Stacy, Kumar Rajesh, Margellos-Anast Helen, McDermott Michael, McMahon Kate, Mosnaim Giselle, Nyenhuis Sharmilee M, Press Valerie G, Ramsay Jessica E, Soyemi Kenneth, Thompson Trevonne M & Krishnan Jerry. Engaging stakeholders to design a comparative effectiveness trial in children with uncontrolled asthma. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2015 Dec