Dr. Nina Wallerstein, director of the Master’s in Public Health Program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a leading advocate for community-based participatory research, will give the annual Stephen Stewart Gloyd Endowed Lecture at 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, in room T-625 of the Health Sciences Center. Her topic will be Power and Sustainability in Health Promotion: Global Perspectives.
Wallerstein, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, has conducted community-based research in Latin America, as well as North America. Since 1999, she has been funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by others to work in collaboration with Native American tribes in New Mexico and elsewhere on evaluating tribal community capacity, tribal public health infrastructure and measures of social capital. She is now principal investigator on a grant to develop a culturally-based intervention with two tribes in New Mexico to reduce risky substance abuse behaviors.
She also has funding from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities for a collaborative effort to refine scientific models and measurement guidelines to better evaluate community-based research projects.
She continues to work with Brazilian colleagues and the Pan American Health Organization’s Participatory Evaluation Network on cross-national research efforts on power and empowerment for community health. She is co-editor of the book Community-Based Participatory Research for Health.
The Gloyd Lecture was established in 1982 at Children’s Hospital to recognize Dr. Park Willis Gloyd, chair of the Department of Orthopedics there. The lectureship, now at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, was renamed by the family to honor Dr. Stephen Steward Gloyd, UW professor of health services and director of the International Health Program, and son of Park Gloyd.