Jennifer Toller Erausquin, Ph.D., MPH

Promoting Health, Engaging Communities, Changing Lives

Jennifer Toller Erausquin, Ph.D., MPH

JenniferErausquin

Contact

Department of Public Health Education

School of Health and Human Sciences

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

P.O. Box 26170

Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

(336) 334-5532 (office)

jt.erausquin@uncg.edu

Office Location: 437 Mary Channing Coleman (HHP) Building

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Education and Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke Global Health Institute
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of California Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
Master of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

 

Biography

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and my MPH and PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Following my undergraduate study, I worked as a paramedic and volunteered as a bilingual (English-Spanish) patient educator at a free family health clinic in Detroit, Michigan. As I became involved with patients and their needs, I learned to navigate the safety net system of healthcare for the poor in southeastern Michigan. My experiences underscored the interconnectedness of health and social disparities, particularly relating to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and culture. I pursued graduate study in public health to gain skills and experience in addressing health from a population perspective. As a graduate student I was a predoctoral fellow of the California Center for Population Research and the UCLA AIDS Research Training Program, receiving training in demography and epidemiology. I went on to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Duke Global Health Institute, followed by an appointment in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health.

 

Research Interests

I am a public health researcher specializing in social epidemiology. My research agenda centers on social and contextual determinants of health disparities, and the design and evaluation of structural interventions to eliminate health disparities. Structural interventions are “upstream” public health interventions that change policies, practices, or programs in order to change the context that shapes individual and population health. Using the structural perspective, my research has examined how families, worksites, schools, and characteristics of the community as a whole influence multiple dimensions of health and contribute to or mitigate racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in health. My substantive areas of interest are HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health, Latino/a health, and health of marginalized populations.

Much of my work to date has applied tools from epidemiology and demography to examine the multiple layers of influence on health risk behaviors. In research on women in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, I used multilevel models to show that in addition to individual-level characteristics such as education and relationship status, key measures of community-level socioeconomic status and opportunity are significantly associated with HIV knowledge and behaviors. The results demonstrated the critical role of education and poverty, even beyond the individual, suggesting that interventions to improve access to education and employment for the population as a whole may be a component of effective HIV prevention programs in these settings. As new data have recently become available, this line of research is ongoing.

I also continue to use multilevel, mixed, and fixed-effects models for rigorous outcome evaluation of community-led and community-engaged structural interventions. One example of this is my work with Project Parivartan (PI: Kim Blankenship, Drexel University), a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of a community-led structural intervention for HIV prevention in India. The intervention uses community mobilization and policy changes to prevent HIV among female sex workers. I have led efforts examining police-sex worker interactions over time, assessing which changes could be attributed to the structural intervention. My research with Project Parivartan has been published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

 

Courses Taught

  • HEA 325D Health Data Analysis
  • HEA 433 Gender and Health
  • HEA 366 Community Health Interventions
  • HEA 405 Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HEA 765 Advanced Program Evaluation in Public Health Education

 

Links of Interest

NC DOCKS
Google Scholar
Research Gate

 

Honors and Awards

2016               Kinney Faculty Development Award, UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences
2016               Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser, UNCG Department of Public Health Education
2010-2012     Health Disparities Scholar, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program
2009                Dean’s Outstanding Student Award, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
2008                Quality of Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Division, UCLA
2008                American Public Health Association Student Poster Award in the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section
2005-2008    NIMH T32 Predoctoral Fellowship, HIV/AIDS Research Training Program, UCLA
2006                Center for HIV Prevention and Treatment Studies Pilot Research Award, UCLA
2006                Ruth F. Richards Academic Excellence Award, Fielding School of Public Health,UCLA
2005-2006    Fred H. Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health Fellowship, UCLA
2005                Raymond D. Goodman Award, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
2004-2005    Regents’ Fellowship, Graduate Division, UCLA
2004                Inductee, Delta Omega National Honor Society in Public Health
2003                Fred H. Bixby Program in Population and Reproductive Health Summer Fellowship, UCLA

 

Service

2016-2017 Faculty Leader, UNCG University Teaching and Learning Commons, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Institute
2015-2017 Executive Board Member, UNCG Child and Family Research Network
2015-2017 Inter-Professional Education Committee, UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences
2015-2016 UNCG New Faculty Mentor Program, Junior Faculty Mentee
2013 Grant reviewer, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives, NC Department of Health and Human Services