Joan Kennelly, PhD, MPH


Research Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
Consultant, Chicago Department of Public Health
1603 W. Taylor St., Office 653
Chicago, IL 60612

Dr. Joan Kennelly’s research interests relate broadly to the social determinants of population health and illness for women and children, disparities across population groups, and the effect of local contexts. Her teaching and research interests also include the influence of theoretical frameworks and underlying assumptions on the development of research, policy, and practice, as well as the content and quality of available data. Dr. Kennelly is a member of the Voices for Illinois Children KIDS COUNT Advisory Board, an associate member of the Association of MCH Programs Data Committee, chair of the Curriculum Review Task Force for the UIC MCHP Advisory Committee, and a MCH Section Councilor for the American Public Health Association (APHA). She also works with the National Action Alliance to build MCH data capacity for the Association of Teachers for MCH, she is a member of the Little Village Participatory Community Health Assessment community-academic partnership, and a member of the ‘Center for Training in Research’ Advisory Board at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria.

Selected publications:

Handler, A., Geller, S., Kennelly, J.: Effective MCH epidemiology in state health agencies: Lessons from an evaluation of the maternal and child health epidemiology program (MCHEP) Mat Child Health J 3:217-224, 1999.

Handler, A., Kennelly, J., Rosenberg, D. (2001). Building the analytic capacity of the state maternal and child health workforce: A history of the HRSA/MCHB academic partnership. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 7(4), 83-90.

Cooper, R.S., Kennelly, J.F., Durazo-Arvizu, R., Oh, H-J., Kaplan, G., Lynch, J.: Relationship between premature mortality and socioeconomic factors in black and white populations of US metropolitan areas. Public Health Reports Vol.116 pp.464-473, Sept-Oct. 2000.