Strategic Area: Theory-Based, Culturally Informed Intervention

Worker training a patient in patient's home

Intervention research is a strength of our department.  We carry out quantitative and qualitative research to identify ecological determinants of health and health behavior, then use this evidence to develop and implement interventions to create positive change.   We leverage a solid theory-based scientific foundation that guides the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to maximize positive impacts and decrease inequities.  Our approach, described above in the community engagement and participatory approaches section, results in strong partnerships that guide our intervention work and ensure its cultural appropriateness and relevance.  Our students graduate with strong theoretical grounding and skills in intervention development and evaluation.

An essential question we ask in our work is: How can we integrate theory with culture to maximize an intervention’s reach and impact?

Here are some of the theory-based intervention projects our faculty are currently engaged in: