Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health
Priscilla Barnes, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University. Previously, Dr. Barnes worked for the U.S. Air Force as the health education program manager and the National Association of County and City Health Officials as a program
manager on the Exploring Accreditation project. She also served as the program director of the Minority Health Partnership (MHP), a section of the Calhoun County Public Health Department in Battle Creek, MI, and as a public health prevention specialist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local health departments can improve the overall health status of the public, as well as improve their functions and practices, by forming partnerships with non-governmental organizations. These partnerships have helped local health departments to identify and solve problems, expand services and resources and convene members of the local public health system to achieve a common goal. Barnes’ study examines the factors that influence the presence or absence of partnerships between local health departments and non-governmental agencies in improving health outcomes among disadvantaged populations.
As part of her project, she is conducting a literature review on models and tools used by local health departments to engage in partnerships with non-governmental agencies; exploring factors that produce or hinder partnerships between local health departments and non-governmental agencies and determining if these factors are important at certain stages of collaboration for different types of organizations involved; and developing recommendations essential for public health practice.
My New Connections Experience
My research interests aligned with the mission of New Connections and the initiatives of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health team. I also needed more advanced learning on research methodology and academic writing. Lastly, I desired to be part of a network that understood my passion in addressing health disparities and conducting practice-based research.
Being part of New Connections has been an opportunity of a lifetime! New Connections has greatly impacted my professional development by providing me with a network of peers and experts in the field with similar interests I also have collaborated on projects and scientific publications and benefited from their expertise as I prepare for a career in academe.
Public health systems and services research, health education/health promotion and health disparities
- New Connections Status: Mid-Career Consultant
- Award Year: 2007
- RWJF Team/Portfolio: Public Health
- Project Name:
Examination of Local Health Department Partnerships with Non-Governmental Agencies in Improving Public Health Outcomes
Local health departments can improve the overall health status of the public by forming partnerships with non-governmental organizations. Dr. Priscilla Barnes’ New Connections project examines the factors that influence the presence or absence of partnerships between local health departments and non-governmental agencies in improving health outcomes among disadvantaged populations