Elaine A. Borawski, PhD

Professor
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Professor
Department of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Angela Bowen Williamson Professor of Community Nutrition
School of Medicine
Faculty Lead
Community and Collaboration Component
Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative
School of Medicine
Member
Cancer Prevention
Control & Population Research Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Elaine A. Borawski is the founding director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN), a nationally recognized community-based and community engaged research center committed to addressing health disparities in Greater Cleveland, focused on underserved and under-resourced urban neighborhoods. Throughout her career Dr. Borawski has worked closely with local stakeholders on a wide range of issues, from HIV prevention to obesity and adolescent health, serving as PI or co-PI on more than $30M in local, state, and federal funding.  She also has served as president of the American Academy of Health Behavior (2011-2012) and on numerous CDC and NIH review panels, including a four-year term as a standing member of the HIV prevention (BSPH) review panel.

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

Integrated Thinking in Population and Quantitative Health
Introduction to Population Health

Research Information

Research Interests

Community-based, health behavior interventions (obesity and diet modification, physical activity, tobacco prevention, HIV/pregnancy prevention); survey methodology; population health measurement and surveillance; outcome-based community evaluations; community-based participatory research.

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Awards and Honors

Fellow
2018
American Academy of Health Behavior

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Health Behavior, President, Board Member
Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science
International Network for the Science of Team Science

External Appointments

Angela Bowen Williamson Professor of Community Nutrition
2012
Founding Director
Center for Health Promotion Research
2000
2009

Publications

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  1. Freedman, DA, Bell, BA, Clark, J, Ngendahimana, D, Borawski, E, Trapl, E, Pike, S, Sehgal, AR. Small Improvements in an Urban Food Environment Resulted in No Changes in Diet Among Residents. J Community Health 2020; : . PubMed PMID:32170531.
  2. Tigges, BB, Miller, D, Dudding, KM, Balls-Berry, JE, Borawski, EA, Dave, G, Hafer, NS, Kimminau, KS, Kost, RG, Littlefield, K, Shannon, J, Menon, U, Measures of Collaboration Workgroup of the Collaboration and Engagement Domain Task Force, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health. Measuring quality and outcomes of research collaborations: An integrative review. J Clin Transl Sci 2019; 3 (5): 261-289. PubMed PMID:31660251 PubMed Central PMC6813516.
  3. Moore, SM, Borawski, EA, Love, TE, Jones, SD, McAleer S, Casey, T, Hardin HK, Long, M, Nevar, A, Plow, M, Thomas, C, Stevens, J, Truesdale, KP, Pratt, C, Uli, N, Trapl, E. Two Family Interventions to Reduce BMI in Low-Income Urban Youth: A Randomized Trial Youth.  Pediatrics Jun 2019, 143 (6) e20182185; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-2185.
  4. Monteban, MF, Bess, KD, Walsh, CC, Baily, H, Flocke, SA, Borawski, EA, Freedman, DA. People and places shaping food procurement among recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Health Place 2018; 53 : 155-163. PubMed PMID:30142499.
  5. Borawski, EA, Jones, SD, Yoder, LD, Taylor, T, Clint, BA, Goodwin, MA, Trapl, ES. We Run This City: Impact of a Community-School Fitness Program on Obesity, Health, and Fitness. Prev Chronic Dis 2018; 15 : E52. PubMed PMID:29729132 PubMed Central PMC5951154.
  6. Freedman, DA, Lee, E, Ohri-Vachaspati, P, Trapl, E, Borawski, E, Bess, K, Flocke, S. Predictors of Farmers' Market Shopping among People Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits.Am J Community Psychol 2018; : . PubMed PMID:29659024 .
  7. Trapl, ES, Pike, SN, Borawski, E, Flocke, SA, Freedman, DA, Walsh, CC, Schneider, C, Yoder, L. Food Melt in Consumer Food Environments in Low-income Urban Neighborhoods. Am J Health Behav 2017; 41 (6): 710-718. PubMed PMID:29025499.
  8. Pike, SN, Trapl, ES, Clark, JK, Rouse, CD, Bell, BA, Sehgal, AR, To, T, Borawski, E, Freedman, DA. Examining the Food Retail Choice Context in Urban Food Deserts, Ohio, 2015. Prev Chronic Dis 2017; 14 : E90. PubMed PMID:28981402 PubMed Central PMC5645198.
  9. Flocke, SA, Ohri-Vachispati, P, Shon, EJ, Trapl, ES, Borawski, E, Matlack, K, Freedman, DA. Developing multidimensional measures of healthy food access among low-income adults in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Public Health Nutr 2017; 20 (16): 2859-2868. PubMed PMID:28847323 .
  10. Goodwin, MA, Stange, KC, Zyzanski, SJ, Crabtree, BF, Borawski, EA, Flocke, SA. The Hawthorne effect in direct observation research with physicians and patients. J Eval Clin Pract 2017; 23 (6): 1322-1328. PubMed PMID:28752911 PubMed Central PMC5741487.
  11. Moore, SM, Komton, V, Adegbite-Adeniyi, C, Dolansky, MA, Hardin, HK, Borawski, EA. Development of the Systems Thinking Scale for Adolescent Behavior Change.West J Nurs Res 2018; 40 (3): 375-387. PubMed PMID:28303755 PubMed Central PMC5581293.
  12. Freedman, DA, Flocke, S, Shon, EJ, Matlack, K, Trapl, E, Ohri-Vachaspati, P, Osborne, A, Borawski, E. Farmers' Market Use Patterns Among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Recipients With High Access to Farmers' Markets. J Nutr Educ Behav 2017; 49 (5): 397-404.e1. PubMed PMID:28274790 .
  13. Moore, SM, Killion, CM, Andrisin, S, Lissemore, F, Primm, T, Olayinka, O, Borawski, EA. Use of Appreciative Inquiry To Engage Parents as Codesigners of a Weight Management Intervention for Adolescents. Child Obes 2017; 13 (3): 182-189. PubMed PMID:28187267 PubMed Central PMC5444421.
  14. Trapl, ES, Yoder, LD, Frank, JL, Borawski, EA, Sattar, A. Individual, Parental, and Environmental Correlates of Cigar, Cigarillo, and Little Cigar Use Among Middle School Adolescents. Nicotine Tob. Res. 2016; 18 (5): 834-41. PubMed PMID:26385927 .

Publishing impact

Metrics from Web of Science/publons and Scopus/SciVal:

  • H-index: 32
  • Total publications: 74
  • Total citations: 5,461
  • Publications in top-tier journals: 30%
  • Collaborative publishing national/international: 91%/9%

Editorial roles/review editor for:   

  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • American Journal of Health Behavior 
  • American Journal of School Health
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • Journal of Adolescent Health 
  • Journal of Primary Prevention, Health Education and Behavior

Education

Postdoctoral Training
Public Health/Gerontology
University of Michigan
1995
PhD
Sociology
Case Western Reserve University
1992
M.A., Sociology
Case Western Reserve University
1989
MA
Gerontology
University of South Florida
1983

Additional Information

Contributions to science:

  • Interventions that influence health behavior change
  • Epidemiologic studies related to public health

Active grants:

  • CDC:  2nd cycle of funding for the PRCHN, member of the CDC national network of PRCs
  • NIH/NCATS:  Dr. Borawski is the Lead of the Community and Collaboration component of the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, leading a team of five faculty and three staff members  
  • NRSA/Fellowship in Primary Care Research:  Dr. Borawski is a trainer for this postdoctoral training program, with a particular focus on community-clinical linkages 

Student and mentee totals, over Case Western Reserve University career:

  • Master’s: 50
  • PhD: 15
  • Post-doc:  6
  • A sampling of Case Western Reserve University PhD graduates and postdoctoral fellows’ current careers:
    • University of Michigan, Associate Professor 
    • Wyle Integrated Science & Engineering Group (NASA contractor), senior epidemiologist 
    • Case Western Reserve University, associate professor 
    • King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, professor and department chair