Jeni Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH
Community-engaged Teaching Initiatives (CEnT), Collaboratory for Health Justice
Community Health Sciences
Building & Room:
1603 W. Taylor St.
Jeni Hebert-Beirne is an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and a founder and faculty affiliate of the Collaboratory for Health Justice. 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 and the Southeast Environmental Task Force and is the UIC representative on the Partnership for a Healthy Chicago. She is multiple PI of the Chicago Chicago Community Health Response Corps, the city of Chicago's community-based COVID-19 response Corps. Through a MacArthur Foundation grant, she and the Collaboratory for Health Justice team have launched the Health Justice Speaker's Bureau and an effort to align SPH academic courses with community-based organization (CBO) needs. She is a long time member of Radical Public Health, a student-driven movement to address root causes of health injustices, who co-developed the course IPHS 430: Epidemics of Injustice in its fifth year of operation.
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
Velonis, A., Howes, E., Altmayer, K., Alemzadeh, S., Forst, L., Hebert-Beirne, J., Building Leadership Through Partnerships: Using Concept Mapping to Develop Community Capacity to Address Gender-Based Violence. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. In Press.
Bonney, T., Rospenda, K., Conroy, L., Forst, L., Castaneda, Y., Castaneda D., Holloway, A., Avelar, S., Hebert-Beirne, J. Employment Precarity and Increased Risk of Hazardous Occupational Exposures Among Residents of High Socioeconomic Hardship Neighborhoods The Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Accepted 12-Jul-2022.
Hebert-Beirne, J, Jennifer K. Felner, PhD, MPH, Teresa Berumen, Sylvia Gonzalez, MPH, Melissa Mosley Chrusfield, Preethi Pratap, PhD, MSc and Lorraine M. Conroy, ScD CIH. Community Resident Perceptions of, and Experiences with, Precarious Work at the Neighborhood Level: The Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project.
Hebert-Beirne J, Camenga DR, James AS, Brady SS Newman DK, Burgio KL, Kane Low L, Hardacker CT, Gahagan, S, Williams BR. Social Processes Informing Toileting Behavior among Adolescent and Adult Women: Social Cognitive Theory as an Interpretative Lens. Qualitative Health Research, Nov, 2020.
Forst, L, Grant, A, Hebert‐Beirne, J. Work as a social determinant of health; a landscape assessment of employers in two historically disinvested urban communities. Am J Ind Med. 2020; 1‐ 9.
Hardacker CT, Baccellieri A, Mueller ER, Brubaker L, Hutchins G, Zhang JLY, Hebert-Beirne, J. Bladder Health Experiences, Perceptions and Knowledge of Sexual and Gender Minorities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Aug 30;16(17).
Velonis AJ, Hebert-Beirne J, Conroy LM, Hernandez M, Castaneda D, Forst L. Impact of precarious work on neighborhood health: Concept mapping by a community/academic partnership. Am J Ind Med. 2020 Jan;63(1):23-35.. Epub 2019 Oct 15.
Hebert-Beirne, J, Low LK, Burgio KL, Hardacker CT, Camenga DR, James AS, Newman DK, Rudser K, and Nodora J. Novel (Multilevel) Focus Group Training for a Transdisciplinary Research Consortium. Health Promotion Practice, (October 2019).
Hebert-Beirne, J., Felner, J.K., Kennelly, J., Eldeirawi, K., Mayer, A., Alexander, S., Castaneda,Y., Castaneda, D., Persky, V., Chavez, N., & Birman, D. (2017) Partner Development Praxis: The Use of Transformative Communication Spaces in a Community Academic Participatory Action Research Effort in a Mexican Ethnic Enclave in Chicago. Action Research. ^†*
Hernandez, S. G., Genkova, A., Castañeda, Y., Alexander, S., & Hebert-Beirne, J. (2017). Oral Histories as Critical Qualitative Inquiry in Community Health Assessment. Health Education & Behavior, 44(5):705-715. . PubMed PMID: 28892652. 2014 Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3) Building Health Equity throughout Chicago through Community Engaged Research Conference, Poster Competition Steve Whitman Award for Excellence.
Service to Community
Research, Teaching and Practice 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.
2007 Award of Appreciation for Engaged Scholarship. Family Learning Center, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School. (Dissertation research)
2008 Alan W. Donaldson Award, honoring one student annually for academic excellence, leadership and community service
2009 and 2010 Community Partnership Award, Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School
2010-2011 Bernard Baum Golden Apple Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching
2011-2012 Bernard Baum Golden Apple Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching
2011 Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health, American Public Health Association.
2013-2014 Bernard Baum Golden Apple Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching
2013, 2015 University of Illinois at Chicago Healthy City Collaborative. Featured Researcher
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.
2015-2016 UIC Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) Award
2016 Midwest Minority Health Symposium Health Equity Champion Award
2016 UIC SPH Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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.
2018 Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy Annual Report. Featured Researcher
2019 Lambda Chapter of Delta Omega, the national public health honor society.
2021 UIC Teaching Excellence Award
2021 Delta Omega Innovative Curriculum Award, in collaboration with Dolores Castañeda for CHCS 584 Community Organizing/ Community-based Participatory Research
2021 Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Excellence in Practice Award
2023 Chicago United for Equity Fellow
2023 UIC Community Engagement Award
ChiTracing Citizen Scientist Certificate Program (co-developed with ChiTracing team)
IPHS 493 Epidemics of Injustice: Understanding History to Fight for a Liberated Future (co-developed with Radical Public Health)
CHSC 421 Community Health 1: Assessing, Promoting and Improving Community Health
IPHS 401 Determinants of Health
Qualitative Research Training Modules You Tube Channel
Ohio State University, Summer Program Qualitative Health Research, Intro and Advanced
Racism and Health Inequities Course (co-developed with Radical Public Health)
Engaging Communities and Building Sustainable Partnerships Subcommittee Member, NIDDK Health Disparities and Health Equity Research Strategic Planning Workgroup
Faculty Liason, UIC Office for Community Collaboration
2021, Excellence in Practice Award, Association for Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
2021, Teaching Excellence, UIC
2021, Innovative Curriculum Award, Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society
2016, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, UIC SPH Alumni Association
2008, Donaldson Award, UIC SPH
2010, 2011, 2013, Golden Apple Teaching Award, UIC SPH
2016, Health Equity Champion, Midwest Minority Health Symposium
2023, UIC Community Engagement Award, UIC
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
2020-2025 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). (MPI: Brubaker/Mueller)
2021-2026 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
2022-2027 Co-Investigator (Co-I) NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Community Engagement Core (COEC) Chicago Center for Health and Environment (CACHET)
2022-2023 Co-Principal Investigator. Chicago Chicago Community Health Response Corps, the city of Chicago's community-based COVID-19 response Corps.
2021-2023 Principal Investigator (PI). MacArthur Foundation. Strengthening the Public Health Infrastructure for Chicago Communities. Two complementary efforts to build capacity at the neighborhood level by (a) building research leadership of Chicago youth, and (b) repositioning academic knowledge to directly support CBOs to lead healing, rebuilding public health efforts: Reciprocal Technical Assistance with CBO Partners toward a More Responsive Local Public Health System & Youth Citizen Science Program: Unlearning Knowledge Hierarchies for Action.
Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits
Center for Healthy Work, Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project, Greater Lawndale Loteria: A Worker-Justice Themed Game
Chicago Center for Health and the Environment (CACHET) Calumet Connect Databook
Chicago Center for Health and the Environment (CACHET) Story Project Voices from the Southeast Side: A Partnership with StoryCorps
Collaboratory for Health Justice Citizen Scientist Certificate Programs
SPH-Radical Public Health's Epidemics of Injustice Course