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McNair Scholar 2014Mariah K. Geiger

Mariah K. Geiger is a senior at Macalester College majoring in International Studies with a minor in Anthropology and a concentration in Community and Global Health. Her interests include health promotion and policy, mental health, noncommunicable diseases, and elimination of health disparities. Ms. Geiger will pursue graduate work in public health.

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My life goal is to never stop having challenging, inspiring and profound conversations and using what I learn from them to make the world a little bit better. I see myself working on mental health or health disparities in the World Health Organization.

Research project

Closing the Research Circle: Giving Back Results to the Community

Abstract: Even though much public health intervention research involves the community, dissemination of results beyond academic publication is often not done (Chen et al., 2010). This study seeks to contribute to the research on sharing of results with participants and their wider communities. Through a review of the literature, we sought to understand dissemination of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) results to the community overall. We used this understanding to develop a process for the creation of the results-sharing plan with an evaluation portion for the Padres Informados, Jóvenes Preparados (Padres) project, a CBPR effort based out of the University of Minnesota and seven Latino community-serving agencies. Through this process, we identified priorities of the academic partners, community partners, and study participants for the results-sharing process. Our process and findings can be used to inform future results-sharing efforts within the CBPR framework. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Jean L. Forster is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. She is an expert with over twenty years of experience in community approaches to chronic disease prevention. Her specific research interests include tobacco, health disparities, adolescents, and public health policy. Dr. Forster was a contributing author to the 1994 Surgeon General’s Report “Preventing Tobacco Use by Young People,” the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report “Reducing Tobacco Use,” and the 2013 “Preventing Tobacco Use by Youth.” She is on the editorial boards of American Journal of Health Promotion, and Health Education Research.