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Marilyn Winkleby, MPH, Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine, emerita at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Since completing her doctorate at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health she has led a population health science research group at Stanford that combines epidemiologic study with intervention research to further the understanding of social determinants of health. She has received substantial funding from NIH and has published over 200 articles in scientific journals. She is known for her community partnerships, including her 15-year collaboration with the Monterey County Health Department and 20-year collaboration with Lund University in Sweden. The breadth of her scientific work has had an international impact on improving the health of medically underserved populations. Her research is congruent with a number of public service activities, including the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, an organization that she co-founded in 1988 that has helped prepare over 700 high school students historically underrepresented in higher education for science and health careers. In 2011, this program received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mentoring in these fields.
homeless, very poor
Health Care for Underserved
Stanford, El Camino Hospital
Latinos, medically underserved
Community Benefit Plans
Education and Health
Monterey County Health Department:
Low income, agricultural workers, Latinos
San Jose, CA
My work focuses on the health of low-income, ethnic minority, and other medically underserved populations. A number of grants from NIH and other Federal and State agencies have supported my work which has a broad public health focus. A central feature of my work has been the combination of theoretical and scientific input with practical input from the community to understand behavioral, social, cultural, and economic determinants of health behaviors that are amenable to change. My work covers: cancer and cardiovascular disease health behaviors, risk factors, and outcomes (smoking, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, obesity, diabetes, hypertension); health status of ethnic minority and low socioeconomic groups; community-based intervention studies; and neighborhood influences on health. I have had a long term working partnership with the Monterey County Health Department. For the last 20 years I have had a research partnership with Drs. Jan and Kristina Sundquist at Lund University in Sweden where we have been funded by numerous NIH RO1 grants to conduct population-based clinical epidemiologic research. My research is congruent with a number of public service activities, including the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, an organization that I co-founded in 1988 that prepares high school students historically underrepresented in higher education for science and health careers. In 2011, this program received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mentoring in these fields.
Neighborhood-Level Influences on All-Cause Mortality
To test the independent and interrelated effects of the neighborhood social environment, the
neighborhood physical environment, and individual risk factors in predicting all-cause and
cardiovascular disease mortality.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
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