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Rebecca Cheezum

Assistant Professor
Public Health
Oakland University
United States of America

Rebecca Cheezum


My research explores the way social and structural factors impact health among vulnerable populations, including low-income communities of color, youth of color, immigrants, and those who have experienced chronic homelessness. I am interested in how marginalized communities can advocate for policy change in order to improve their health. I use a community-based participatory research approach for much of my research, engaging communities in my research throughout the research process. My professional background includes community-based youth development and HIV prevention work in Boston, Maine, and the West Indies.

Research Interest

Public Health


  • Sampson, N., Parker, E. A., Cheezum, R. R., O’Toole, A., Patton, J., Lewis, T. C., Robins, T. G., Keirns, C. C. (2013). Stress and health among caregivers of children with asthma in Detroit. Family and community health, 36(1), 51-62.

  • Cheezum, R. R., Parker, E. A., Sampson, N., O’Toole, A., Patton, J., Lewis, T. C., Robins, T. G., Keirns, C. C. (2013) Sleep Disruption of Caregivers of Children with Asthma. Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators. (DOI: 10.1177/2150129713478635)

  • Cheezum, R. R., Israel, B. A., Coombe, C. M., McGranaghan, R. J., O’Toole, A., Grant, S., Burris, A., Anderson, M. Building Community Capacity to Advocate for Policy Change: An Impact Evaluation of the Neighborhoods Working in Partnership Project. Journal of Community Practice, in press.

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