Barbara A. Israel, Dr.P.H.

Barbara Israel

Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education

2794 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

(734) 647-3184; Fax: (734) 763-7379


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Barbara 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. Dr. Israel has published widely in the areas of community-based participatory research, community empowerment, evaluation, stress and health, social networks, and health disparities. Her research interests include: the social determinants of health; the relationship between stress, social support, control and physical and mental health; community empowerment and health; and community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Israel has extensive experience conducting community-based participatory research in collaboration with partners in diverse ethnic communities. She is Principal Investigator of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, funded initially in 1995 through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and presently funded by the Skillman Foundation and the University of Michigan. The Center involves multiple funded research and intervention projects aimed at increasing knowledge and addressing factors associated with health disparities and quality of life in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Israel is involved in several of these CBPR efforts focusing on: an examination of the social and physical environmental determinants of childhood asthma and intervention strategies aimed at reducing these determinants; diabetes management and prevention; the relationship between psychosocial and physical environmental and biological factors and cardiovascular disease and strategies for addressing these factors (e.g., interventions aimed at increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity spaces); and building capacity for and engaging in policy change aimed at eliminating health disparities. Dr. Israel received the Excellence in Teaching Award at UM SPH in 2007.

Courses Taught

HBEHED640: Community Organization for Health Education
HBEHED652: Group Process in Health Education


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

Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center

REACH Detroit Partnership

Healthy Environments Partnership

Promoting Healthy Eating in Detroit

Selected Publications

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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, 100, 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, 31(1-2), 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, 3(4), 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, 33(1), 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, 85(5), 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, 35(3), 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, 62, 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, 83(3), 523-539.

Professional Affiliations

American Public Health Association
Society for Public Health Education