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Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH

Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Contact Dr. Brawer

211 South Ninth Street
Walnut Towers, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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

Medical School

PhD - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA - 2007
MPH - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA - 1984
BS - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT - 1974

Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Brawer has research expertise in Community Based Participatory Research focusing on obesity, the built environment, developing low-literacy materials, coalition development and sustainability, men's health issues, diabetes, breast cancer and the development a community wellness center.


Dr. Rickie Brawer, a public health practitioner, educator and researcher, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Director of the Center for Urban Health at Jefferson University Hospital.

Over the past six years she has taught the multiple classes in the Jefferson MPH Program. She has also served on more than 40 Capstone Committees and has mentored more than thirty public health students from other public health academic programs. She has been involved in integrating public health content and experiential opportunities into the core JMC curriculum and teaching several community medicine electives. 


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

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