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Deanna Barath

Doctoral Candidate, 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 Research doctoral candidate on the job market. 

She is currently a research assistant in the Hospital And Public health interdisciPlinarY research (HAPPY) Lab where she examines evidence-based system interventions and policies that improve health equity. Her dissertation focuses on cross-sector partnerships as a mechanism to improve population health facilitated by care coordination. 

In 2020, she was awarded a Community Equity Grant and the Kaiser Permanente Endowed Graduate Scholarship; her work on hospital-housing cross-sector partnerships was recognized as one of APHA's Outstanding Student Abstract in 2019 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

This spring (2021), Deanna will be teaching the Healthcare Leadership course. She often guest lecturers on policy advocacy and the local public health system and was 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 President's Commission on Disability Issues, UMD Graduate School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board, and is vice president of the AcademyHealth’s UMD Student Chapter. She previously served 1 term as a University Senator and served for 2 years on various Senate committees. She also sat on the Graduate School’s Diversity Recruitment Working Group and served as co-president of the Latinx Graduate Student Association.

Her career in public health began as a policy advocate, leading the team that propelled the FSU tobacco-free campus policy into fruition. She went on to work at the Florida Department of Health at both the county and state levels where she last served at the statewide health programs administrator. During her time at the health department she gained experience in management, evaluation, quality improvement, public policy and partnership development. Her experience as public health practitioner not only influenced her dissertation topic, but drives her passion to connect research, practice, and policy. 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 facilitator.

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

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

Chen J. Amaize A. Barath D. (2020) Evaluating telehealth adoption and related barriers among hospitals located in rural and urban areas. Journal of Rural Health. (pre-print) doi: 10.1111/jrh.12534 

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>