Heather Clark, DrPH, MSPH

Heather Clark, DrPH, MSPH

Research Assistant Professor

Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
212 Adriance Lab Rd.
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843

Phone: (979) 436-9363
hclark@tamhsc.edu

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Education and Training

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health
    DrPH, Social and Behavioral Health, 2014
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health
    MSPH, Social and Behavioral Health, 2005
  • Texas A&M University
    BS, Health, 1995

Research Interests

  • Healthy Communities
  • Community Collaboration/Partnerships
  • Program Evaluation
  • Network Analysis

Brief Bio & Recent Publications

I received my DrPH from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health in 2014 following a decade of work in non-profit health and human service organizations in the Brazos Valley, Texas. This experience in local community organizations affords me a unique connection when working with local community partners.  Moving to the School of Public Health as Center Coordinator at the Center for Community Health Development (a CDC funded Prevention Research Center), I spent the next decade evaluating community capacity building efforts, assisting in conducting community health assessments, designing evaluations for community-based partnerships and public health programs, and served as evaluator and co-investigator on a variety of other research and contract projects. My research interests include program evaluation, community organizing and capacity building, and the evaluation of community based partnerships, specifically the use of interorganizational network analysis to examine growth in the partnerships. I currently serve as Co-Prinicpal Investigator on two state-wide evaluation projects and have been a co-investigator on numerous supplemental grants and contracts, including assessment, evaluation, and other public health projects.

Other interests include rural-urban health disparities (which are well described in the literature) and addressing rural health issues from multiple perspectives via partnerships in order to affect change.  Building rural community capacity to identify health and health related issues in a community and further building a community-driven plan to bring about change is the foundation for the work of the Center for Community Health Development. The past 14 years I have participated in research focused on community organizing, capacity building, and evaluating the impact of these community partnerships.

I have 21 peer reviewed presentations at national and international conferences, four peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and one technical report since 2014. Mentoring and working with undergraduate and graduate students allows me to mentor young researchers and practitioners.  I have served on one doctoral and three master's committees.

 

Four publications which highlight work as a past prevention research center and community-based partnership building are:

  1. Honeycutt, S., Leeman, J., McCarthy, W. J., Bastani, R., Carter-Edwards, L., Clark, H., Garney, W., Gustat, J., Hites, L., Nothwehr, F., & Kegler, M. (2015). Evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change interventions: Lessons learned from the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12(E174). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.150281
  2. Garney, W. R.^, Drake, K., Wendel, M. L., McLeroy, K., Clark, H. R., & Ryder, B.+ (2013). Rural community of solution: Increasing access to care for Brazos Valley, Texas. American Journal of Family Medicine, 26(3). doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2013.03.120242
  3. H. R. (2018). Examining rural community capacity through interorganizational connections (Funded by the Episcopal Health Foundation).  College Station, TX: Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development.
  4. Alaniz, A., Catanach, C., Clark, H., Drake, K., Garney, W., Nimmons, K,…& Moser, A. (2013). RHP 17 health status assessment 2013: Regional report. College Station, TX: Center for Community Health Development.

^ indicates student author; + indicates community member author