Colleen Coletta Walsh, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate 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, health disparities, social determinants of health, racism as a determinant of health, 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 C. 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. She continues to collaborate on research around nutrition equity with colleagues at the Swetland Center for Environmental Health at CWRU SoM. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator for ARCHES, the AmeRicans' Conceptions of Health Equity Study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (https://arches.chip.uconn.edu/). ARCHES is a multi-year mixed-methods study involving a multidisciplinary team of researchers that explores views of health and racial equity and health-related deservingness among people from a range of backgrounds, how these perspectives change over time, and what leads people to action to improve health equity.
 
Honors and Awards:
2017, 2020 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
 
Creative and Activities:
2020 Study: Education, Interactions Can Change Perspective On Race. WCPN Ideastream, June 4, 2020 https://www.ideastream.org/news/study-education-interactions-can-change-perspective-on-race

2020 C. Walsh. Invited Lecture. Community-Engaged Ethnography on Race and Health. Case Western Reserve Department of Anthropology. February 13, 2020.

2019 Walsh, C. and S. Willen. Sub-committee Updates ¿ Eliminating Structural Racism: ARCHES | AMERICANS¿ CONCEPTIONS OF HEALTH EQUITY STUDY. Health Improvement Partnership - Cuyahoga Newsletter, Spring 2019.

2019 C. Walsh. Panelist. "Using the Right Research Methods to Optimize Population Health Management." Center for Population Health Research and Cleveland Clinic Community Care, Population Health Symposium. (Cleveland, OH) September 17, 2019.

2019 Walsh, C., S. Willen, and A. F. Williamson. Investigating Public Responses to
Racial Health Disparities: ARCHES | AmeRicans¿ Conceptions of Health Equity Study. CWRU Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods Seminar Series. July 20, 2019.

2018 Walsh, C. and S. Willen. ARCHES I Americans¿ Conceptions of Health Equity Study: An Overview. Equity Forum: What¿s on the horizon: Addressing values and beliefs to advance the health of all Ohioans. Health Policy Institute of Ohio Equity Strategic Messaging Meeting. Columbus, OH. October 25, 2018.

2018 S. Willen and C. Walsh. Update on ARCHES I Americans¿ Conceptions of Health Equity Study. Health Improvement Partnership- Cuyahoga County, Steering Committee Meeting. Woodhill Estates, Cleveland, Ohio. October 1, 2018.

2018 Walsh, C., S. Willen, M. Burns, H. Gullet, G. Brown, R. Yearby. Confronting Structural Racism: What Is My Role? Panel Discussion invited by the Social Justice Institute and the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, February 21, 2018.

2018 Walsh, C. and S. Willen. Sub-committee Updates ¿ Eliminating Structural Racism: ARCHES | AMERICANS¿ CONCEPTIONS OF HEALTH EQUITY STUDY. Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga Newsletter, Fall 2018.

2018 Walsh, C. and S. Willen. Sub-committee Updates ¿ Eliminating Structural Racism: ARCHES | AMERICANS¿ CONCEPTIONS OF HEALTH EQUITY STUDY. Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga Newsletter, Spring 2018.

2016 Committee on Engaged Scholarship at Cleveland State University (2016). White Paper: Advancing Engaged Scholarship at Cleveland State University.

2017 Choby, P. and C. Walsh. Reach Out and Read/Ready to Learn: A Community-Based Literacy Initiative. (2017).
 
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:
American Anthropological Association
Society for Medical Anthropology
 
Professional Experience:
August 2020 to present Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University

August 2014 to 2020, 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:
2020 - Member, Faculty Development Committee, School of Health Sciences
2019 - Member, College of Science and Health Professions Equity Gap Task Force
2019 Member, Search Committee, Lecturer, Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Health Sciences
2018 - 2019 Member, SHS Model Knowledge Translation Working Group, School of Health Sciences
2018-2020 College of Science and Health Professions Grade Dispute Committee
2017 ¿ 2018 Member, Strategic Planning Committee, School of Health Sciences
2016 ¿ 2019 Co-Chair and Lead Presenter, Committee on Engaged Scholarship (convened by Office of Civic Engagement and Division of University Engagement)  
2016 ¿ 2018 Member, School Health Community of Practice
2016 Invited member, Summer Intensive on Engagement
2015 ¿ 2016 Member, Search Committee for Speech and Hearing Program
2015 ¿ 2017 Member, Collaborative Partnerships Subcommittee, School of Health Sciences
2014 ¿ 2016 Member, Search Committee for Director and Professor of School of Health Sciences
2014 ¿ Member, NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health Admissions Committee
2014 ¿ 2016 Member, Faculty Interest Group on Health Disparities (CSU and MetroHealth Center for Reducing Health Disparities)
 
Professional Service:
2021 Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Manuscript Reviewer
2020 - American Journal of Public Health, Manuscript Reviewer
2019 - PLOS ONE, Manuscript Reviewer
2016 ¿ Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and
        Prevention, Manuscript Reviewer
2017 ¿ Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, Manuscript Reviewer
 
Community Service:
2020-present Faculty Affiliate, Swetland Center for Environmental Health, Case Western Reserve University
2019-2021 Co-Chair, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Cuyahoga County OH
2018 - 2019 Member, Health Policy Institute of Ohio Equity Advisory Group
2018 - 2019 Advisor to 2019 Community Health Assessments Data Collection Working Group, Cuyahoga County, OH
2017 ¿ Member of Steering Committee, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Cuyahoga County OH
2016 ¿ Member, Freshlink Community Partners Advisory Board, CWRU, Cleveland, OH  
2016 ¿ 2017 President, Church of the Saviour Cooperative Nursery School Board of Directors, Cleveland Heights, OH
2015 ¿ Member, HIP-Cuyahoga Eliminating Structural Racism Subcommittee, Cuyahoga County OH  
2014 ¿ Member, Healthy Cleveland Initiative, Nutrition and Healthy Eating Subcommittee, Cleveland, OH Department of Public Health
2012 ¿ 2019 Affiliated Faculty, Consultant and Co-Investigator, The Prevention Research Center for Health Neighborhoods, Cleveland, OH
2012 ¿ Member, Health and Early Literacy Working Group, Broadway P-16/MyCom Community Collaborative, Cleveland, OH
2010 ¿ 2013 Member, Food/Nutrition Policy Research Working Group, The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Cleveland, OH
2007 ¿ Member, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Cuyahoga, OH
 
Research Grants:
AmeRicans Conceptions of Healthy Equity Study (ARCHES). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
$699,960
Role: Co-PI

2019- 2020 Building a Translational Research Agenda to Promote Environmental Health in Northeast Ohio. Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) Community & Collaboration Component Team Science Funding Opportunity. Pilot Funding
Role: Investigative Partner


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