University of California
Meredith Minkler

Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH

Professor of Health and Social Behavior
School of Public Health
Community Health and Human Development
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
Fax: 510-643-8236

Creative Achievements

• Co-authored first major U.S. study on community based participatory research (CBPR) in the health field (2003)
• Lead author on paper in NEJM (Aug. 2006) showing social gradient in disability in U.S. even at very high social class levels
• Co-authored first in-depth book documenting the health and life circumstances of grandparents raising grandchildren (1993)
• Conducted national study on the impacts of CBPR on health-promoting public policy, including environmental justice policy (2003-2006)
• Documented compulsory sterilization in India and used the data to persuade then Minister of Health of Pakistan not to introduce similar policy (1976)
Current Research Interests
• Community based participatory research and its impacts on policy
• Ecological study of health of restaurant workers in SF’s Chinatown (pending)
• Racial ethnic disparities in health of midlife and older Americans
• Empowerment strategies to promote critical thinking and positive health outcomes in youth
Key Publications
• Minkler, M, Fuller-Thompson, E and Guralnik, J (in press; 2006). Gradient of Disability across the Socioeconomic Spectrum in the US. New England Journal of Medicine 355 (7): 43-51.
• Minkler, M, Vásquez Brechwich, V, Warner, J, Stuessey, H and Facente, S (in press; 2006). Sowing the Seeds of Sustainable Change: A Community-University Research and Action Partnership in Indiana and its Aftermath. Health Promotion International.
• Brechwich Vásquez V, Minkler, M and Shepard, P (2006). Promoting Environmental Health Policy through Community Based Participatory Research: A Case Study from Harlem, New York. Journal of Urban Health.
• Minkler, M. and Fuller-Thomson, E (2005). African American Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A National Study Using the Census 2000 Supplementary Survey. Journals of Gerontology . 60B(2): S82-92.
• Petersen, D, Minkler, M, Vasquez Breckwich, V, Baden, A (2006). Community-Based Participatory Research as a Tool for Policy Change: A Case Study of the Southern California Environmental Justice Collaborative. Review of Policy Research. 23(2): 339.
• Community organizing and community building for health (PH 204D)
• Aging, health and diversity (PH 130AC)
• Community based participatory research in public health (PH 219C)
• Kellogg National Fellow
• Distinguished Mentorship Award, Gerontological Society of America
• Distinguished Career Award, PHPHE section, APHA
• Distinguished Fellow Award, Soc for Public Health Education

Public and University Service
• Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for National and Community Service (UCB, former)
• Co-chair, Faculty Policy Committee, Academic Service Learning (UCB)
• Founding Director, UCB Center on Aging
• Founder, Brookdale National Information Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (later moved to AARP where I remain on the board)
• Research consultant, PolicyLink