United States of America
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.
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.