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Jennifer M Hebert-Beirne

Jennifer Hebert-Beirne

Assistant Professor

Community Health Sciences

1603 W. Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60612

Academic Background

Ph.D., Univ of Illinois at Chicago, 2008
     Public Health

Research Interests

Community health, social determinants of health, adolescent and women’s sexual and pelvic health and community-based approaches to improve health equity and social justice for low income and disenfranchised populations. Jennifer has unique interests

Teaching Interests

Dr. Hebert-Beirne teaches core courses for the MPH program with a focus on social determinants of health, health equity, qualitative and mixed methods research and community health assessment, and Community- based Participatory Research.

Public Health Practice Experience

Jennifer’s research and practice-interests are informed by nearly 10 years as a public health practitioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health and leadership roles at non-profit organizations for health equity, the Wisconsin Center for Health Equity and health promotion including Women’s Health Foundation. In her 10 years as a public health practitioner she served as a public health planner, senior policy analyst, and program director at the Chicago Department of Public Health. She served as Project Director for the first CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) project, Director of the Information Research Center and Senior Analyst on the Chicago Health and Health Systems Project examining gaps in access to health care for Chicago residents. At Women's Health Foundation Jennifer served as the Foundation's Director of Research overseeing community-based research efforts on women's pelvic health issues across the lifecourse, as well as multi-institution collaborative research feasibility trials on women's pelvic health interventions. As a community-based researcher she specializes in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and has lead qualitative and mixed methods research projects for several universities and community-based agencies. On an ongoing basis she engages in collaborative community health assessments of Chicago's 77 community areas in partnership with community-based organizations and with multidisciplinary UIC faculty involvement. She engages her students in CHSC 431 in real time IRB-approved community health assessment work.


Hatchett, Lena PhD; Hebert-Beirne, Jennifer PhD, MPH; Tenfelde, Sandi PhD, RN, APN; Lavender, Missy D. MBA; Brubaker, Linda MD MS.Knowledge and Perceptions of Pelvic Floor Disorders Among African American and Latina Women.Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. July/August 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - pp 190-194

Lemke, A., Wolf, W., Hebert-Beirne, J., Smith, M. (2010). Public and Biobank Participant Attitudes toward Genetic Research Participation and Data Sharing." Public Health Genomics. 13:368-377.

Hebert-Beirne, J., Kelley, M.A. (2007) Lessons in Community-Based Research from an Urban Ethnography with Adolescent Mothers. The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration ACOSA Update! Building Community and Administrative Practice in the 21st Century, 21 Issues 1/ 2 Summer/ Fall.

Levy, S.R., Anderson, E.E., Issel, L.M., Willis, M.A., Dancy, B.L., Jacobson, K.M., Fleming, S.G., Copper, E,S., Berrios, N.M., Sciammarella, E., Ochoa, M., Hebert-Beirne, J. (2004). Using Multilevel, Multisource Needs Assessment Data for Planning Community Interventions Health Promotion Practice, 5, 1, 59-68.

Recent Honors and Awards

2012, SPH Golden Apple: TEACHING AWARD Public Health Student Association
2011, SPH Golden Apple: TEACHING AWARD Public Health Student Association

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