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Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN

Barbara Polivka, PhD, RN

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  • Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair in Nursing

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Recent Publications:

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry. R., Crawford, J. Wilson, R. & Galos, D. (in press). Application and Modification of The Integrative Model for Environmental Health. Public Health Nursing.

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., Crawford, J., (in press) Home Environmental Hazard Education for Undergraduate and Pre-Licensure Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education.

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., Crawford, J., Wilson, R. (2012). Public Health Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Climate Change. Environmental Health Perspectives, 120 (3), 321-225.

Chiu, M., Polivka, B.J., Stanley, S. (2012).  Evaluation of a disaster surge training for Public Health Nurses.  Public Health Nursing

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., Crawford, J., Bouton, P., & Sweet, L. (2011).  Impact of an urban healthy homes intervention.  Journal of Environmental Health, 73(9), 16-23.

Kaylor, M.B, Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., Salsberry, P., & Wee, A.G. (2011).  Dental services utilization by U.S. women of childbearing. Public Health Nursing, 28(3), 213-222.

Stalter, A., Chaudry, R., & Polivka, B.J. (2010).  Facilitating factors and barriers to BMI screening in schools.  Journal of School Nursing, 26(4), 320-330.

Polivka, B.J., Casavant, M., & Baker, B.D. (2010).  Factors associated with healthcare visits by young children for nontoxic poisoning exposures.  Journal of Community Health, 35(6), 572-578

Dale, H., Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R.C., & Simmonds, G. (2012).  What young African American women want in a health care provider.  Qualitative Health Research, 20(11), 1484-1490

Kaylor, M.B., Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., Salsberry, P., & Wee, A.G. (2010).  Dental services utilization by women of childbearing age by socioeconomic status.  Journal of Community Health, 35(2) 190-7.

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R.V., Sharrock, T. (2009).  Using Mixed-Methods to Evaluate the Pediatric Lead Assessment Network Education Training Program (PLANET).  Evaluation and the Health Professions, 32(1), 23-37.

Levin, P., Cary, A., Kulbok, P., Leffers, J., Molle, M., & Polivka, b. (2008).  Graduate education for advanced practice public health nursing: at the crossroads.  Public Health Nursing, 25(2), 176-93.

Recent Presentations

Polivka, B., Chaudry, R.V., Crawford, J. (2011, June).  Healthy Homes education for baccalaureate nursing students.  Paper presented at the ACHNE Annual Institute, Chicago, Il.

Chaudry, R.V., Polivka, B., Crawford, J., Love, R.L., Colbert, S.H., (2011, June).  Engaged scholarship: Building environmental public health literacy with an urban community-based participatory research approach.  Paper presented at the ACHNE Annual Institute, Chicago, Il.

Chaudry, R.V, Polivka, B.J., Crawford, J., Love, R.L., Colbert, S.H., & Wilson, R.R. (2011, March).  On our soil: Describing environmental health concerns of urban residents related to litter and Brownfields.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Columbus, OH

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R.V., & Crawford, J. (2011, March).  Public health nurses perceptions on climate change.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Columbus, OH

Chaudry, R.V., Polivka, B.J., & Crawford, J. (2010, June).  Perspectives of local health department nursing and environmental health directors regarding emerging global environmental health issues.  Poster presented at the Conference of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Baltimore MD.

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R.V., & Crawford, J. (2010, June).  Piloting a technique to develop environmental public health literacy in an urban community.  Paper presented at the Conference of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Baltimore MD

Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., & Crawford, J. Impact of a Healthy Homes Intervention.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, March 2010.  Kansas City.

Kaylor, M., Polivka, B.J., Chaudry, R., Salsberry, P.  Dental Insurance and Dental Service Use by US Women of Childbearing Age.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, March 2010.  Kansas City.

Polivka, B.J. (November, 2009).  2009 ACHNE Research Priorities for public health nursing.  Paper presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.  Philadelphia, PA.

Polivka, B.J., Casavant, M., Baker, S.D. (November, 2009).  Characteristics of young children with inappropriate ED visits for a poison exposure.  Poster presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.  Philadelphia, PA.

Polivka, B.J., Baker, M., Stanley, S. (November, 2009).  Effectiveness of surge training for public health nurses.  Paper presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.  Philadelphia, PA.

Recent Research Activity:

Co-Investigator “Assessing the real and perceived safety risks of urban agricultural programs” Food Innovation Center 2012 Innovation Initiatives Grant. 2012-2013.

Principal Investigator “Healthy Homes Education for Nursing Students” Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education. 2010 – 2012.

Principal Investigator “Building Environmental Public Health Literacy” OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement Program Pilot Grants for Community Engagement.  2009-2011.

Principal Investigator “Poisoning Incidence and ED Use/Misuse in Young Children. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2006-2008.

Principal Investigator  “Analyzing the differences between position descriptions for Ohio public health nurses and standard indicators of public health and public health nursing competency and scope of practice”. Robert Woods Johnson Quick Strike Grant. 2011-2012

Co-Investigator. “Training the trainer in public health nursing surge education” OSU Office of Continuing Education. 2007-2010.

Educational Interests:

  • Healthy Homes Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Mixed Methods Research

Educational Background

  • 1990: PhD in Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 1983: MSN, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1977: BSN, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Research Interests

  • Environmental Health
  • - Healthy Homes
  • - Poison Prevention
  • - Lead poisoning prevention
  • - Health Promotion
  • - Reducing environmental asthma triggers
  • Health Services Research
  • - Public Health Nursing
  • - Disaster Preparedness
  • - Access to Car

Honors & Awards

  • Ohio State University President and Provost's Leadership Institute, 2011-2012
  • Ohio Department of Health Healthy Homes Achievement Award, 2011
  • College of Nursing Dean's Strategic Award for Coordination of the College of Nursing's conversion from quarters to semesters, 2010
  • Association of Community Health Educators (ACHNE) Excellence in Research Award, 2009
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Honor a Researcher Award, 2007
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