People and Partners

 Monica Wendel, DrPH, MA, the Director for the Commonwealth Institute, serves as associate dean for public health practice and associate professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences (SPHIS).

Since coming to the University of Louisville in June 2014, Dr. Wendel has successfully secured extramural funding exceeding $10 million for efforts focused on alleviating health disparities among disadvantaged populations, reducing youth violence, and promoting social justice in policy and practice.  Under her direction, the Office of Public Health Practice relocated from the Health Sciences Center campus in downtown Louisville to the Old Walnut Street Development in the Russell neighborhood of West Louisville.  Dr. Wendel is also the Principal Investigator of a new Youth Violence Prevention Research Center, one of seven such centers in the nation funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She has also helped recruit a number of new faculty,  facilitated the engagement of the School  with the State-University Partnership Learning Network with AcademyHealth, and has cultivated productive relationships with community partners and faculty in a variety of disciplines.

Prior to joining the faculty at UofL, Dr. Wendel directed the Center for Community Health Development at Texas A&M School of Public Health, one of 37 Prevention Research Centers designated and funded nationally by the CDC. She also is an evaluator for a $2.4 million contract from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to assess the Texas  1115(a) Medicaid Transformation Waiver.

Wendel has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, multiple editorials and technical reports, three book chapters and two books, Rural Populations and Health: Determinants, Disparities and Solutions and Behavior Theory in Health Promotion Practice and Research.  She is a member of the American Public Health Association and serves on the Publications Board, AcademyHealth, American Evaluation Association, and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.

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