Helen Cole is a public health researcher focusing on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health inequities. She holds a doctorate in public health (DrPH) from the City University of New York Graduate Center and School of Public Health in community, society and health (2016) focusing on urban health inequities and on the role of ethnicity and socioeconomic status in understanding inequities in health affecting black men in the United States. She also completed an MPH in health behavior and health education and a certificate in global health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) and a BA in psychology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (2003). Before and during her doctoral education, she worked as a project manager for large public health research projects at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and NYU School of Medicine, both in New York City. Most of her work has centered on designing, implementing and evaluating behavioral interventions for chronic disease control among black men placed in churches, mosques and other community centers. She has also worked internationally supporting chronic disease-related health services research in Ghana and Nigeria. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Barcelona Lab for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and the Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice research group at IMIM (the Institut d’Hospital del Mar Investigacions Mѐdiques).
Her research interests lie in understanding the implications of socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity for health inequities; and in questioning the utility and validity of standard race-based analyses of health inequities, particularly among diverse urban communities. As a member of the Healthy Cities and Environmental Justice research group, she aims to bridge the fields of public health, urban planning and environmental justice in studying links between health inequities and gentrification associated with urban greening.
Urban health; health inequity; social determinants of helath; race and ethnicity