Janine Jurkowski

Janine M. Jurkowski, PhD, MPH

Health disparities, social and cultural determinants of health care utilization and chronic disease prevention, community based participatory research, women and family health, health promotion among people with disabilities, and factors that influence chronic disease prevention and control.

The World Within Reach
Janine M. Jurkowski, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities



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

Research Interests

Dr. Jurkowski conducts research on social determinants of health disparities using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach among women and their families, specifically focusing on low-income and disadvantaged women. Historically, Dr. Jurkowski has also worked with Latinos and people with disabilities. She conducts intervention research with a focus on family-centered childhood obesity prevention in Head Start. She has expertise in cross cultural survey methods and qualitative methods including focus group and Photovoice methodology. Dr. Jurkowski has worked with community partners in the Amsterdam Latino community, Chicago, and Troy, NY. She is currently working with nonprofits and community representatives in the Capital Region of NY and Boston, MA. She is also working on a food pantry intervention evaluation project for the Schenectady Public Health Service, which is funded by the CDC Dr. Jurkowski continues to partner with low-income communities in her research and as a part of her position as Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

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


  • 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.M., Davison, K.K. (2013). The family context of low-income parents who restrict child screen time. Childhood Obesity. 9(5): 386-92. doi:10.1089/chi.2013.0043.
  • Lampard, A. M., Jurkowski, J.M., Lawson, H., & Davison, K. K. (2013). Family ecological predictors of physical activity parenting in low income families. Behavioral Medicine. 39(4): 97-103. doi:10.108/08964289.802215
  • 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.