Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth Baker, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Behavioral Science and Health Education at St. Louis University’s College of Public Health and Social Justice.  She is a colleague and coauthor with board member Laura Brennan.  Much of her work has focused on the organizational, social and environmental (or contextual) factors influencing health, using community based participatory approaches.  Throughout this work she has engaged a variety of partners from multiple sectors of the community.   Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the Missouri Foundation for Health.  Her research has included the development of interventions to address these issues and has resulted in increased access to healthy food choices, increased access to environments supportive of physical activity, and changes in policies at the the organizational and local community levels.  Dr. Baker helped organize a CDC conference on social determinants of health equity.  The lessons learned from this conference were published in the American Journal of Public Health and in a workbook, Promoting Health Equity: A resource to help communities address social determinants of health that help to guide communities within to engage in this work.