Bridgette Brawner

Bridgette Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN

Associate Professor, Family and Community Health, School of Nursing

Bridgette M. Brawner, PhD, MDiv, APRN is an Associate Professor of Nursing and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. A recognized behavioral science and intervention development expert, she has worked on a myriad of HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk reduction programs both locally and internationally. More recently, her work has expanded to address multiple health inequities (e.g., cardiovascular disease among Black men, youth mental health service utilization) where she uses novel approaches including mixed methods research and GIS mapping to prevent disease and promote health equity. She does this community-engaged work in close collaboration with key community members (e.g., youth, faith-based institutions, policy makers). She conceptualizes that communities are not static entities defined by boundaries in the built environment, but rather communities represent groups of individuals (without the confines of space or time) who have shared experiences, interests, or concerns. Dr. Brawner is a staunch social justice advocate who believes that research can be leveraged as an advocacy tool to ensure all individuals have an opportunity to achieve their full health potential. Through a health equity lens, her program of research focuses on multi-level, multi-method, biobehavioral approaches to health promotion in disenfranchised populations. With a commitment to diversifying the health care workforce, she Chairs the National Advisory Committee of the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association (ANA)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA). She was recently appointed as a Commissioner on the ANA’s National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing.

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