Janine M. Jurkowski, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Health Policy, Management, & Behavior

Research Associate
Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Research Associate
Center for Social and Demographic Analysis

University at Albany, School of Public Health
One University Place, Room 175
Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456
Phone Number: (518) 402-0420
Fax Number: (518) 402-0414
Email Address:   jjurkowski@albany.edu


Post-Doctoral Fellow National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, University of Illinois at Chicago 2004 
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences 2003  
M.P.H. Boston University School of Public Health Epidemiology and Health Promotion 1998
B.A. University of Rochester Health and Nutrition 1995

Courses Frequently Taught

HPMB 525 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
HPMB 535 Community Based Public Health
HPMB 620 Health Disparities and Vulnerable Populations

Research Interests

Conducts health disparities research using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. She has expertise in cross cultural survey methods and qualitative methods including focus group and Photovoice methodology. She focuses on social and cultural determinants of chronic disease related health behaviors and health care utilization. Dr. Jurkowski focus on women’s health, specifically with low-income women with families, Latinos, and people with disabilities. Dr. Jurkowski has worked with community partners in the Amsterdam Latino community, Chicago, and Troy, NY. Recently, she completed an NIH R24 grant that employed a Community-Based Participatory Research approach to understand and address childhood obesity among low income families, specifically families with a child in Head Start or Early Head Start in Rensselaer County. This project, Communities for Healthy Living, CHL, successfully implemented a multi component childhood obesity intervention that improved children’s BMI and maronutrients and also improved parents knowledge and empowerment related to childhood obesity. Dr. Jurkowski continues to partner with low-income parents and the Commission on Economic Opportunities (CEO) of the Capital District, which houses all the Early Head Start and Head Start programs in Rensselaer County. Head Start parents, CEO staff, and community representatives are actively involved in Dr. Jurkowski’s research processes.

Selected Publications

Lawson, H., Caringi, J., Pyles, L., Jurkowski, J., Bozlak, C. (2015). Participatory Action Research. New York City: Oxford University Press.

Lampard, A. M., Jurkowski, J., & Davison, K. K. (published online). Social-cognitive predictors of low-income parents’ restriction of screen time among preschool-aged children. Health Education & Behavior.

Davison, K. K., Jurkowski, J. M., Li, K., Kranz, S., & Lawson, H. A. (2013). A childhood obesity intervention developed by families for families: Results from a pilot study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Jurkowski, J. M., Green Mills, L. L., Lawson, H. A., Bovenzi, M. C., Quartimon, R., & Davison, K. K. (2013). Engaging low-income parents in childhood obesity prevention from start to finish: A case study. Journal of Community Health, 1-11.

Li, K., Davison, K. K., & Jurkowski, J. M. (2012). Mental health and family functioning as correlates of a sedentary lifestyle among low-income women with young children. Women and Health, 52(6), 606-619.

Jurkowski, J.M., Leckman-Westin, E, Rossy-Millan, J. (2010). The Association between Mental Health and Delay in Health Care among Latino Women in a New Latino Destination. Women & Health. 50:213–228.

Jurkowski, J.M., Mosquera, MR; Ramos, B. (2010). Sociocultural Factors Associated with Physical Activity among Latino Women Living in a New Latino Destination. Women’s Health Issues. 20(3):219-226.

Insaf, T, Jurkowski, J.M., Alomar, L.A. (2010) Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing Delay in Seeking Routine Health Care among Latino Women: Results from a Community-Based Participatory Research Study. Ethnicity & Disease. 20:148-154.

Jurkowski, J.M., Kurlanska, C., Ramos, BA. (2010) The Relationship between Spirituality and Health among Latinas: A Framework for Understanding How Latina’s Relationship with God Influences Decisions about Their Health. American Journal of Health Promotion.20(1):19-25.

Jurkowski, J.M.; Maniccia, DM; Spicer, D., Dennison, B (2010) Impact of Multimedia Campaign on Intention to Call 9-1-1 for Stroke Symptoms. Preventing Chronic Disease. 7(2).

Jurkowski, J.M. (2008) Photovoice as a Participatory Action Research Tool for Involving People with Intellectual Disabilities in Research and Program Development. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 46(1): 1-11.

Jurkowski J.M., Maniccia, D.M., Dennison, B., Spicer, D., Samuels, S. (2008). Factors Contributing to Awareness of the Necessity to Call 911 for Stroke Symptoms in Upstate, NY. Preventing Chronic Disease. 5(1).

Jurkowski, J.M., Rivera, Y., Hammel, J. (2009).  Health Perceptions and Beliefs of Latinos with Intellectual Disabilities: The Results of a Pilot Study. Health Promotion Practice. 10(1):144-155.

Warren, K.; Jurkowski, J.M.; Codru, N; Kacica, M.; Carter, TP. (2010) Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Health in New York State. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 21(2): 448-463.

Heck, J.E.; Franco, R.; Jurkowski, J.M. Sheinfeld-Gorin, S. (2008). Awareness of Genetic Testing for Cancer among United States Hispanics: The Role of Acculturation. Community Genetics. 11(1):36-42.