Colleen Coletta Walsh, Ph.D.
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: IM 115
 Phone: 216-687-3816
 Email: C.C.WALSH@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. IM 115, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Cultural and medical anthropology, ethnography and lived experience, urban and community health, social capital and social networks, community gardens and community-based health interventions, access to nutritious food, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), health disparities, social determinants of health, racism as a determinant of health, early childhood literacy as a determinant of health and school readiness, culture and health care/medicine
 
Education:
Ph.D., Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, 2011
M.A., Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, 2003
B.A., Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, 2001
 
Brief Bio:
Colleen Walsh received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. Her dissertation research examined the concept of `social capital' among community gardeners in Cleveland to explore the ways in which perceptions and experiences of `social capital' vary by race, class, gender, and neighborhood and contribute to an understanding of the influence of culture and context on community development projects such as community gardens. As a medical anthropologist focused on urban health, Dr. Walsh has conducted broad research on many health related and cultural topics and is interested in racial and ethnic disparities in health, social and cultural capital, and the use of anthropological and political economic models to try to illuminate causes of and solutions to health problems associated with urban living. Prior to starting her position as Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Cleveland State University, she served as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University and as Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (www.prchn.org) in the CWRU School of Medicine where she contributed to the Center's core research project, Freshlink. Colleen remains Affiliated Faculty with the PRCHN and continues to collaborate on research projects with colleagues there. Dr. Walsh also continues to consult with the Cobalt Group when needed (www.cobaltgroupinc.com). In this capacity, she provides Cobalt Group clients with qualitative and quantitative research and project management and community engagement services. Currently she is Co-Principal Investogator for ARCHES, AmeRican Conceptions of Health Equity Study, finded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (https://arches.chip.uconn.edu/). ARCHES is a two-year mixed-methods study involving a multidisciplinary team of researchers that explores views of health equity among people from a range of backgrounds and how perspectives on equity and health change over time.
 
Honors and Awards:
Merit Award, College of Science and Health Professions, Cleveland State University

Faculty Mentor, Partners in Education, Evaluations and Research (PEER) Program, collaborative program of the CTSA Community Engagement Core, Prevention Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (2012)

Urban Health Initiative Fellow, Department of Anthropology, CWRU, 2002-2005

Graduate Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, CWRU 2006-2009

Ruth Barber Moon Award for graduate student academic promise and leadership, 2003

Cleveland Women's Connection, CWRU Alumni Association recent women alumni award, 2003
 
Teaching Areas:
Culture and Health Care/Medicine and Culture
Research Methods in Health Sciences
Urban Health
Health Disparities
Issues in Health Care
Nutritious Food Access in Urban Neighborhoods
 
Professional Affiliations:
2001 to the present Member  American Anthropological Association
2001 to the present Member Society for Medical Anthropology
2001 to the present Member Society for the Anthropology of North America
2016 to the present     Member  National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
 
Professional Experience:
August 2014 the Present, Assistant Professor, Master of Science in Health Sciences Program (MSHS), School of
Health Sciences, Cleveland State University

January 2001 to the Present, Research Director, Cobalt Group, Inc., Cleveland, OH www.cobaltgroupinc.com

April 2015 to the Present Consultant to Freshlink, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine www.prchn.org

January 2013 to July 2014 Research Associate, Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine www.prchn.org

June 2013 to May 2014 Consultant/Guest Lecturer to Devising Healthy Communities, Foundations of Medicine Course, Year 1, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

June 2011 to May 2014 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Course: ANTH 361/461 Urban Health

August 2010 to May 2014 Part-time Instructor, Cleveland State University, Department of Health Sciences. Courses: HSC 484, Advanced Research and Writing in Health Sciences, HSC 692: Master¿s Project for Physician Assistants in the MSHS Program, and HSC 305: Culture and Health Care
 
University Service:
2017-present       Member, Strategic Planning Committee, School of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University

2016 to present   Member, Committee on Engaged Scholarship (convened by Office of Civic Engagement and Division of University Engagement at Cleveland State University)  

2015-2016    Member, Search Committee, Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Program, School of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University

2014-2016 Member, Search Committee, Director and Professor of School of Health Sciences
College of Science and Health Professions, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

2015, 2016, 2017 Member, NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health Admissions Committee
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

2012-2014 Member and Anthropology Department's Representative Urban Health Coordinating Committee, Urban Health Initiative at the CWRU School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
 
Professional Service:
2016 to the present  Peer Reviewer, Preventing Chronic Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2017 to present        Peer Reviewer, Public Health Nutrition
 
Community Service:
2016 to Present             Member, Steering Committee, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Cuyahoga County, OH

2015 to the present Member, HIP-Cuyahoga, Eliminating Structural Racism Subcommittee Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga http://www.hipcuyahoga.org), Cuyahoga County, OH

2014 to the present Member, Healthy Cleveland, Nutrition and Healthy Eating Subcommittee City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cleveland, OH

2014 to the present Affiliated Faculty, Consultant and Co-Investigator, The Prevention Research Center for Health Neighborhoods Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

2012 to the present Member, Health and Early Literacy Working Group, Broadway P-16/MyCom Community Collaborative Broadway/Slavic Village, Cleveland, OH

2010 to 2013 Member, Food/Nutrition Policy Research Working Group, The Prevention Research Center for
Healthy Neighborhoods Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

2007 to the present Member, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Cuyahoga County, OH
 
Research Grants:
AmeRicans Conceptions of Healthy Equity Study (ARCHES). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
$699,960
Role: Co-PI

Civic Oriented Research Grant: Partnership to Build Skills, Feed Families, and Engage Students. Office of Civic Engagement, Cleveland State University. $5000.00
6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017
Role: PI

Evaluation of Reach Out and Read Plus Pilot Program at MetroHealth Broadway Health Center. PNC Foundation. 11/22/2015 - 10/31/2015. Grant awarded to MetroHealth Foundation for Cobalt Group, Inc. to complete the evaluation.
Role: PI

Enhancing farmers' market use among recipients of the Food Assistance Program across 10 Cleveland neighborhoods. Case Western Reserve University CTSC Pilot Award, $30,000, 7/1/2011-6/30/2012
Role: Co-PI