Community Health Researchers – Wichita

Learn more about our Community Health Researchers at the KU School of Medicine – Wichita.

Teachers: Connect with the team for curriculum support

Students: Seek help from health professionals on research projects

Community: Understand how their research impacts the community.

If you would like to connect with one of our Community Health Researchers, please contact us at info@tscoreks.org.

T-SCORE Researchers

KUMC-Wichita – Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Tracie Collins

Tracie Collins

Chair, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, Wichita

Profile

Dr. Collin’s research focuses on physical activity, health disparities, and disease prevention. She also works with faculty members to further develop the research, education, and clinical portfolio for the department.

Robert G. Badgett

Robert G. Badgett

Professor

Profile

Dr. Badgett’s research focuses on 1) using the National Library of Medicine’s Clinical Questions Collection to evaluate and compare search strategies and knowledge resources, 2) developing original MEDLINE search strategies 3) knowledge representation, and 4) outpatient quality improvement. Within the field of public health, Dr. Badgett’s research is in evidence-based health policy and the dissemination of health policy claims.

Lisette Jacobson

Lisette Jacobson

Profile

Dr. Jacobson, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A., P.H.R, has more than ten years of professional experience in Human Resource Management and Finance in the private and public sectors. In the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public health, her current research focuses on the long-term health effects of breastfeeding and the development of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerotic vascular disease among women who breastfeed. Additionally,  Dr. Jacobson teaches graduate classes in the Master’s of Public Health degree program including public health administration, financial and human resource management, and other public health topics.

Sharla Smith

Sharla Smith

Research Assistant Professor

Profile 

Dr. Smith is a health services and systems researcher whose primary focus concerns strategies for organizing and financing public health services, infant mortality, program and partnership development, and community health education. Dr. Smith also has experience teaching public health law, introduction to public health, introduction to health policy and politics, and epidemiology.

KUMC-Wichita – Pediatrics

Deborah Alliston

Deborah Alliston

Associate Professor; Associate Residency Program Director

Profile

Dr. Alliston, M.D., M.Ed., is a pediatric physician specializing in general pediatrics and academic medicine. Her research interests include medical education and global health. Additionally, Dr. Alliston integrates health disparities and the social determinants of health into the pediatrics residency training program.

Kari Harris

Kari Harris

Associate Professor

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Dr. Harris, M.D., is a pediatric physician. Her research interests include teen pregnancy, high-risk adolescents, and HPV vaccination.

Cari Schmidt

Cari Schmidt

Director of Research

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Cari Schmidt, Ph.D., is the Director of Research at KUMC-Wichita, and specializes in community psychology and pediatric research. Specifically, Dr. Schmidt’s research interests include infant mortality prevention, safe sleep, injury prevention, maternal/infant health, provider/parent communication, health literacy, and general health promotion.

Other KUMC Departments & Wichita Community

Paul Uhlig

Paul Uhlig

Executive Director, Mid Continent Regional Center for Health Care Simulation

Profile

Dr. Paul Uhlig is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Wichita, Kansas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis and Wesley Medical Center. At KU-Wichita, Dr. Uhlig is the Executive Director of the Mid Continent Regional Center for Health Care Simulation, focusing on health care teamwork and interprofessional education. His research utilizes social science methods to study how health care practice culture can be intentionally transformed through collaborative approaches and relationship centered interventions.

Maurice Duggins

Maurice Duggins

Dr. Maurice Duggins is a family medicine doctor in Wichita, Kansas and is affiliated with Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. Dr. Duggins is highly involved with the Wichita community, and has helped support systemic efforts to reduce health disparities related to infant mortality.

Dee Ann Bragg

Dee Ann Bragg

Dr. Dee Ann Bragg is a Family Medicine practitioner in the Wichita, KS community. She has helped conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment in the Wichita community, and focuses her work on food deserts and health disparities.

Pamaline King-Burns

Pamaline King-Burns

Workforce Development Coordinator

Pamaline King-Burns is the Workforce Development Coordinator in the Public Health Performance Division, within the Sedgwick County Division of Health. Pamaline addresses health disparities in the Wichita community through the promotion of community health advocacy.

Want a speaker like Pamaline? The Sedgwick County Division of Health and Human Services coordinates the Division of Health’s Speakers Bureau. The purpose of the Speakers Bureau is to consolidate the division’s community presentation efforts by staff, thus providing the public with Public Health topics from which to choose when requesting presentations. Speaker Requests can be made here.

Funding Support

This project was supported by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) under Award Number R25OD020214.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, go to the SEPA T-SCORE Project Page