Brian M. Rahmer, PhD, MS

Brian M. Rahmer, PhD, MS

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Director of Community Health Engagement, Christiana Care Health System
Email: brahmer@christianacare.org

Public Health Interests:

Community Engagement, Health Equity, Healthy Public Policy, Participatory Research, Social Determinants of Health, Health In All Policies

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

I have more than a decade of experience implementing, evaluating, and advocating for equitable health within a Health in All Policies framework. My professional priorities include the structural determinants of health and the socio-political forces that shape health outcomes. I place an advocacy emphasis on civic engagement for healthy public policy.

A proven leader in strategic community engagement within complex adaptive systems, I have experience in dynamic modeling, health promotion program design and implementation, policy and network analysis, fifth-generation evaluation and participatory action research. This interdisciplinary work is oriented toward evidence-informed, community-guided solutions to root causes of health inequities.

I am past Chair and current board member at the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living (DE HEAL), a nonprofit statewide collaborative. I am a member of the Healthy Neighborhoods committee at the Delaware Center for Health Innovation, a State Innovation Model Initiative, and a member of the policy and evaluation working group for the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion & Disease Prevention in Delaware.

My professional memberships include the American Evaluation Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Public Health Association, Delaware Public Health Association, Society for Participatory Medicine, and Academy Health’s Public Health Systems Research Group.

Select Publications:

Bradley E, Comer D, Rahmer B. Each One, Reach One! Raising Blood Pressure Awareness in the African American Community Using Peer Education. Health Disparities and Equity Session Abstract, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. Boston, MA. June 26-28, 2016.

Rahmer B. Moving Community Engaged Research from Participatory to Anticipatory: Utopia as Method in the Reconstitution of Health Society. DE-CTR ACCEL Innovative Discovery Series, Newark, DE. March 18, 2016.

Michalec B, Fagan HB, Rahmer B. (2014). Primary care practices’ perceived constraints to engaging in research: The importance of context and ‘Flow’. Primary Health Care Research & Development. doi 10.1017/S1463423613000029

Cannatelli K, Khan O, Rahmer, B, Aponte C, Moore C. Improving the Health of Our Community: The Health Ambassador/Health Guide Connection. Panel Presentation and Session. American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition. Chicago, IL. Nov. 2, 2015