Karen Peters, DrPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences;
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Rockford
Dr. Peters teaches Global Public Health Solutions (IPHS 410) and an undergraduate public health course, Public Health and Global Societies (PUBH 110).
Areas of interest:
Dr. Peters’s areas of interest include Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR), evaluation, rural and immigrant health, and chronic disease and mental health.
Current and Recent Projects:
Dr. Peters is involved with Project Chataae, co-conducted with the Universidad de Antioquia, in collaboration with three rural communities in the Colombian Amazon. This project utilizes a CBPAR approach to develop community transformation activities concerning health priorities focused on infectious and chronic diseases including mental health.
Dr. Peters is also involved with PeaceCare Senegal. This project is being co-conducted with the UIC College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, in collaboration with Peace Corps Senegal. The project utilizes a CBPAR approach to develop local health workforce infrastructure in a rural region of Southeastern Senegal.
Dr. Peters is a guest lecturer at the Universidad de Antioquia, National School of Public Health, Medellin Colombia;
She is a Co-Chair for the Interprofessional Education Task Force, Network: Towards Unity for Health, Ghent Belgium;
Dr. Peters is an affiliate for the UIC Global Health Research Center, College of Medicine; and she is the Chair of the Rockford International Interest Group, College of Medicine, Rockford.