Beth Uzwiak, PhD

Beth Uzwiak, PhD
CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Senior Research Associate at Creative Research and Evaluation

Public Health Interests:

Health disparities, violence, gender, health systems and policies, human rights, community-based participatory research, visual and ethnographic methodologies

Current Public-Health Related Activities:
I am a medical anthropologist and artist with a deep commitment to community engagement. Past research projects include analyses of gendered health disparities as they result from neoliberal reform policies in Belize, the impact of social welfare policies on women and children who have survived violence and who live in transitional housing, and transnational indigenous women’s human rights activism to address structural, environmental, and intimate violence.

As a Senior Research Associate with Creative Research and Evaluation in Philadelphia, I conduct participatory and collaborative evaluations with organizations that have health, gender, and educational programming. I am also a practicing artist with interest in visual and arts-based methods. Recently, I was ethnographer for a social practice art collaboration between the Mural Arts Program and Cohabitation Strategies investigating housing insecurity, community wellness, and neighborhood relationships in South Philadelphia. I have held full time faculty positions at American University and Bryn Mawr College where I designed undergraduate and graduate courses and directed student research.

Select Publications:

Uzwiak, B. and S. Curran (2015) Gendering the Burden of Care: Health Reform and the Paradox of Community Participation in Western Belize. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, March 2015.

Uzwiak, B. (2015) Evaluation of the Food Bank of South Jersey's Healthy Living Initiative, FBSJ and Creative Research and Evaluation.

Uzwiak, B. (2013) Fracturing Feminism: Activism and Ethics in a Women’s Human Rights NGO. In Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America. C. Craven and D. Davis, editors. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield).

Uzwiak, B. and S. Curran (2012) Telling it Straight: Community Narratives and Primary Health Care in Cayo, Belize. Syracuse, New York: New City Community Press/Syracuse University Press.