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Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH

Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Contact Dr. Brawer

211 South 9th Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-2396
(215) 955-7529 fax


PhD, Temple University
MPH, Temple University
BS, University of Connecticut


Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

University Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Co-Director, Center for Urban Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Research & Practice Interests

Community-Based Participatory Research
Built Environment
Developing Low-Literacy Materials
Coalition Development and Sustainability
Men's Health Issues
Breast Cancer
Developing Community Wellness Centers


Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
Social & Behavioral Foundations in Public Health


Rickie Brawer PhD, MPH – a public health practitioner, educator, and researcher – is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Co-Director for Scholarly Inquiry Population Health in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Health for Jefferson University Hospitals. For more than 25 years, she has worked collaboratively with others in Philadelphia to address health disparities and related socio-economic factors.   Her research interests include evaluating coalitions, chronic disease prevention and management, vulnerable populations (homeless, immigrants, and returning citizens,), substance use and the underlying root causes of poor health (food access, the built environment, health literacy, and medical legal partnerships).

She has received multiple awards as an educator and practitioner, including an achievement award from the College of Physicians for “Respecting the voice of the community in addressing public health challenges and mentoring current and future leaders in public health and healthcare.”


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. The Case for Patient Navigation in Lung Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations: A Systematic Review
  2. Health Literacy: Cancer Prevention Strategies for Early Adults
  3. Envisioning home: The philadelphia refugee mental health photovoice project as a story of effective relationship building
  4. Type 2 diabetes in a rapidly urbanizing region of Ghana, West Africa: A qualitative study of dietary preferences, knowledge and practices
  5. Using accreditation standards as a framework to evaluate and improve a community-based diabetes self-management education program
  6. Addressing chronic disease within supportive housing programs
  7. Stage of Change and Other Predictors of Participant Retention in a Behavioral Weight Management Program in Primary Care
  8. Community-Based Partnerships for Improving Chronic Disease Management
  9. Trial of a behavioral intervention to increase dilated fundus examinations in African-Americans aged over 65 years with diabetes
  10. Factors influencing the implementation of a point-of-care screening tool for delirium.
  11. Obesity and Cancer
  12. Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors among individuals in low socioeconomic communities and homeless shelters
  13. The interplay of obesity and asthma
  14. The social and behavioral foundations of men's health - A public health perspective
  15. Community engagement of men
  16. Identifying value indicators and social capital in community health partnerships
  17. The asthma and obesity epidemics: The role played by the built environment - A public health perspective
  18. The Value Template Process: A Participatory Evaluation Method for Community Health Partnerships