Edith (Edie) Kieffer, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Social Work


Dr. Kieffer uses community-based participatory research approaches (CBPR) to plan, conduct, analyze and disseminate results from translational intervention research aimed at reducing health and healthcare disparities among Latino and African-American Detroit residents. Using CBPR approaches, she and her community collaborators have demonstrated the effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) working in healthcare and community settings to improve self-management skills and clinical outcomes in patients with diabetes, and improve dietary behaviors and depressive symptoms among pregnant and postpartum women. Kieffer is also a co-Investigator for the evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan Medicaid expansion. She is leading qualitative studies around Michigan that explore the experiences of beneficiaries and health care providers, and the impact of Medicaid coverage, including its requirements and incentives, on access to and use of care, beneficiary health and other outcomes. 

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Hawaii
  • M.P.H., Health Services Administration & Planning, University of Hawaii
  • B.S., Social Sciences, University of Oregon

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