Amy Jo Schulz

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Public Health
Health Behavior & Health Ed Department
Short bio: 

Amy J. Schulz is Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  Since 2000, she has served as the Project Director/PI for the Healthy Environments Partnership, a community based participatory research effort that engages community, academic and health practice partners in understanding and addressing social determinants of cardiovascular health disparities. 

Research summary: 

Dr. Schulz's research focuses on etiologic research focused on social and physical environmental contributors to cardiovascular risk, and on interventions to eliminate racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular risk.  She is a leading scholar in community-based participatory approaches to research and intervention, and in the design and implementation of multilevel interventions to promote health equity.

Recent publications: 

1. Schulz, A.J., Kannan, S., Dvonch, J.T., Israel, B.A., Allen, A., James, S.A., House, J.S., Lepkowski, J. (2005). Social and physical environments and disparities in risk for cardiovascular disease: The Healthy Environments Partnership conceptual model. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113 (12): 1817-1825. PMCID: PMC1314928. 2. Schulz, A.J., Northridge, M. (2004). Social determinants of health and environmental health promotion. Health Education & Behavior, 31(4): 455-471. 3. Schulz, A.J., House, J.S., Israel, B.A., Mentz, G., Dvonch, J.T., Miranda, P., Kannan, S., Koch, M. (2008a). Relational pathways between socioeconomic position and cardiovascular risk in a multiethnic urban population: Complexities and their implications for improving health in economically disadvantaged populations. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62: 638-646. PMCID: PMC2668209 4. Schulz, A.J., Zenk, S.N., Israel, B.A., Mentz, G., Stokes, C., Galea, S. (2008b). Do neighborhood economic characteristics, racial composition, and residential stability predict perceptions of stress associated with the physical and social environments? Findings from a multilevel analysis in Detroit. Journal of Urban Health, 85(5): 642-661. PMCID: PMC2527427. 5. Dvonch, J.T., Kannan, S., Schulz, A.J., Keeler, G.J., Mentz, G., House, J., et al. (2009). Acute effects of ambient particulate matter on blood pressure: Differential effects across urban communities. Hypertension, 53(5), 853-859. PMCID: PMC19273743. 6. Schulz, A.J., Israel, B.A., Coombe, C., Gaines, C., Reyes, A., Rowe, Z., Sand, S., Strong, L., Weir, S. (2011). A community-based participatory planning process and multilevel intervention design: Toward eliminating cardiovascular health inequities. Health Promotion Practice, 12(6): 900-911 PMCID: PMC3212629 7. Schulz, A.J., Mentz G, Lachance, L, Johnson, J., Gaines, C, Israel, B.A. (2012). Associations between socioeconomic status and allostatic load: Effects of neighborhood poverty and tests of mediating pathways. American Journal of Public Health, 102(9):1706-14. NIHMSID: 361790 PMCID: PMC Journal In Process 8. Schulz, A.J., Zenk, S., Kannan, S., Israel, B.A., Koch, M., Stokes, C., (2005). Community-based participatory approach to survey design and implementation: The Healthy Environments Partnership Survey. In B.A. Israel, E. Eng, A.J. Schulz, and E.A. Parker (eds.) Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research for Health (pp. 107-127). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 9. Schulz, A.J., Parker, E.A., Israel, B.A., Allen, A., Decarlo, M., Robinson, M. (2002). Addressing social determinants of health through community-based participatory research: The East Side Village Health Worker Partnership. Health Education & Behavior, 29(3): 326-341. 10. Kannan, S., Dvonch, T., Schulz, A.J.,Israel, B.A.,Mentz, G., House, J., Max, Pl, Reyes, A.G.. (2010). Exposure to fine particulate matter and acute effects on blood pressure: effect modification by measures of obesity and location. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64(1):68-74. PMCID: PMC1665414.

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