Jeni Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH
Interim Associate Dean for Community Engagement
Community Health Sciences
Building & Room:
1603 W. Taylor St.
Jeni Hebert-Beirne is an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and the Interim Dean for Community Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. A community-based participatory researcher (CBPR), she emphasizes qualitative research to promote health equity and justice with an emphasis on Chicago community areas. Her community-engaged scholarship focuses on the lived experience of those most impacted by structural drivers of health inequities. She is site Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium and Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Occupational Health and Safety funded UIC Center for Healthy Work Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project which takes a CBPR approach to addressing the impact of precarious work on community health in North Lawndale and Little Village. Dr. Hebert-Beirne is a co-investigator in the Chicago Center for Health and the Environment. She works closely with many Chicago community-based organizations including Telpochcalli Community Education Project, Padres Angeles, the Southeast Environmental Task Force and the Alliance for the Great Lakes and is the UIC representative on the Partnership for a Healthy Chicago. She is faculty chair of Radical Public Health, a student-driven movement to address root causes of health injustices.
Hebert-Beirne Peer Reviewed Papers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/jeni.hebert-beirne.1/bibliography/public/
Hebert-Beirne Book Chapters https://muse.jhu.edu/book/67473
Service to Community
Awards and Honors
2004 Health Promotion Practice "Best Practice Paper of the Year” Award from Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
2007 Lynda Birklebach Award University of Illinois Chicago Scholarship Association, Scholarship Award.
2011 Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health, American Public Health Association.
2014 Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement, Building Health Equity throughout Chicago through Community Engaged Research Conference, Poster Competition Steve Whitman Award for Excellence.
2014 Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) Grant Scholar. Little Village Participatory Community Health Assessment.
2016 Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) Social and Policy Engagement Fellow.
2017 Abstract of Distinction Award. Brady, S. S., Bavendam, T., Berry, A., Fok, C. S., Gahagan, S., Goode, P. S., Hardacker, C. T., Harlow, B. L., Hebert-Beirne, J., Lewis, C. E., Lewis, J. B., Kane Low, L., Lowder, J. L., Lukacz, E. S., & Palmer, M. The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) in girls and women: Developing a prevention research agenda and conceptual framework. Society for Prevention Research, Washington, D.C.
2018 University of Illinois Economic Development & Innovation, International Travel Award.
2019 Lambda Chapter of Delta Omega, the national public health honor society.
2013, 2015 University of Illinois at Chicago Healthy City Collaborative. Featured Researcher
2018 Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy Annual Report. Featured Researcher
2007 Award of Appreciation for Engaged Scholarship. Family Learning Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. (Dissertation research)
2009 Community Partnership Award, Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School
2010 Community Partnership Award, Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School
2016 Midwest Minority Health Symposium Health Equity Champion Award
2016 SPH Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
2000-2008 University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health Community Health Sciences Chicago, IL
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health, Maternal and Child Health
Dissertation Title: Adolescent Mothers' Perspectives of the Urban Safety Net System: the Role of Identity, Trust and Place
• Recipient, 2008 Alan W. Donaldson Award, honoring one student annually for academic excellence, leadership and community service
1992-1995 University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health Community Health Sciences Chicago, IL
Master’s in Public Health (MPH)
Dual Concentration: Maternal and Child Health, and Health Education and Health Promotion
Master’s Thesis: Asthma Mortality among African American Men in Chicago
• Public Health Student Association Officer
1987-1991 Boston College, College of Arts and Sciences Chestnut Hill, MA
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sociology/ Sociology Honors Program
Honor’s Thesis: The Death and Life of an Urban Maternity Hospital: St. Margaret’s Hospital for Women
• Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Honors Society
Research Currently in Progress
2017-2018 Site-Principal Investigator (PI), Prevention of Lower Urinary Symptoms, Sexual Gender Minority Focus Group Study. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Sexual Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO), Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR).
2017-2018 Co-Investigator (Co-I) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Training Grant Violence Against Women, Work, & Worker Health
2017-2020 Co-Investigator (Co-I) NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Community Engagement Core (COEC) Chicago Center for Health and Environment (CACHET)
2016-2021 Principal Investigator (PI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Total Worker Health UIC Center for Healthy Work. The Greater Lawndale Heathy Work Project
2015- 2020 Co-Investigator (Co-I), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program
2015-2019 Site-Principal Investigator (PI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) The Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Research Consortium