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Deanna Barath

Graduate Research Assistant, Health Policy and Management
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

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Deanna Barath, MPH, is a Health Services doctoral candidate. She interested in building a culture of health through evidence-based community interventions and policies that improve health equity for vulnerable populations. Her dissertation focuses on cross-sector partnerships as a mechanism to improve population health facilitated by care coordination (downstream) and community investment (upstream) interventions.

She is currently a research assistant in the Hospital And Public health interdisciPlinarY research (HAPPY) Lab. In 2020 she was awarded the Kaiser Permanente Endowed Graduate Scholarship; her work on hospital-housing cross-sector partnerships was recognized as one of APHA's Outstanding Student Abstract in2019 and she subsequently won the Health Administration Section's Student Achievement Award; in 2018, she was selected to the AcademyHealth's Diversity Scholar's Network and her rural health research won best student poster at Public Health Research Day; and in 2017, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholar

Deanna guest lecturers on policy advocacy and the public health system, and was previously a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Health Policy and Services (HLSA300) course. Deanna is a servant leader sitting on Brookings Institute’s Health and Economic Mobility Policy Group, Prince George's Healthcare Action Coalition, UMD Faculty Affairs Committee, UMD Graduate School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board; and is vice president of the AcademyHealth’s UMD Student Chapter. She was previously a University Senator and committee member, on the Graduate School’s Diversity Recruitment Working Group, and co-president of the Latinx Graduate Student Association.

Before choosing to continue her education, Deanna worked as the statewide health programs administrator for the Florida Department of Health overseeing state-wide efforts related to children’s medical services, community health, emergency preparedness, disease control, minority health, and compassionate use. She was responsible for the enhanced integration of health programs within the department, partners, and stakeholders - particularly for endeavors that improved the health of children and health equity. She helped to develop and launch the Florida Healthy Babies initiative which stimulated local efforts to reduce the infant mortality racial disparity using best practices. She also provided guidance to local health departments on the community health assessment and improvement planning processes, strategic planning, and the state’s integrated approach to PHAB accreditation. Deanna has worked on several different accreditations, but her affinity for quality and performance management began while she coordinated the initial CEPH accreditation of Florida State University’s Master of Public Health program. Similarly, her passion for policy advocacy began as she led the team that propelled the FSU tobacco-free campus policy into fruition and worked with multi-unit housing agencies to adopt tobacco-free policies. Deanna received her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Exercise Science degrees from Florida State University, earned a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Florida Sterling Council, and is a trained ToP facilitator.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deanna-b/ 

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

Jimenez T, Restar A, Helm PJ, Cross RI, Barath D, Arndt J (2020) Fatalism in the context of COVID-19: Perceiving coronavirus as a death sentence predicts reluctance to perform recommended preventative behaviors. SSM- Population Health. doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100615

Barath D, Amaize A, Chen J. (2020). Accountable Care Organizations and Preventable Hospitalizations among Patients with Depression. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2020.01.028 

Barath D, & Chen J. (2019). Integrating local health departments to reduce suicide-related emergency department visits among people with substance use disorders - Evidence from the state of Maryland. Preventive Medicine, 129, 105825. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.105825

Boudreaux M, Barath D, & Blewett L. A. (2019). Recent Changes in Health Insurance Coverage for Urban and Rural Veterans: Evidence from the First Year of the Affordable Care Act. Military Medicine, 184(1-2), e76-e82. doi:10.1093/milmed/usy053

Jing R, Barath D, Zhang H, Chen J, & Fang H. (2019). Changes in sleep duration associated with retirement transitions: The role of naps. Journal of Sleep Research, e12975. doi:10.1111/jsr.12975

Chen J, Novak P, Barath D, Goldman H, & Mortensen K. (2018). Local Health Departments' Promotion of Mental Health Care and Reductions in 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rates in Maryland. Med Care, 56(2), 153-161. doi:10.1097/mlr.0000000000000850



Novak P, Barath D, Benjenk I, Chen J. Local Health Departments and Covid-19. The Medical Care Blog. 2020(March 26). https://www.themedicalcareblog.com/local-health-depts-covid-19/

Barath DLocal Health Departments Prevent Hospitalizations, Public Health Post, Boston University. 2018(March 19). https://www.publichealthpost.org/research/local-health-departments-prevent-hospitalizations/

Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland. College Park, MD: University of Maryland School of Public Health, in partnership with the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC (University of Chicago), 2017. http://sph.umd.edu/content/health-matters-navigating-enhanced-rural-health-model-maryland

  • Franzini L, Chen J, Bloodworth R, Barath, D. Technical Report 4: Visit Patterns by Mid-Shore Residents <pdf>
  • Barath D, Amaize A, Technical Report 6: Mid-Shore Region Characteristics <pdf>