Wayne State University

Rachael D. Dombrowski

Rachael D. Dombrowski
Instructor - Community Health Education
2155 Faculty Administration Building

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-9326



Improving healthier lifestyles through multilevel intervention research is an area in which Dr. Dombrowski has had extensive experience, including implementing and evaluating a large, school-based wellness initiative within Chicago Public Schools (CPS), called Healthy CPS. Through Healthy CPS, low-income, urban schools have been able to make significant strides in improving their healthy school environments. Dr. Dombrowski's role in the evaluation of Healthy CPS included assessing overall change in student weight, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use and social emotional wellness.

Prior to working on Healthy CPS, Dr. Dombrowski also co-directed a national obesity prevention initiative with the Cook County Department of Public Health that facilitated policy and systems change in communities, schools, corner stores and hospitals to support healthy eating and active living. Dr. Dombrowski also led the evaluation of the corner store component of this project to assess effective implementation of the intervention.

Dr. Dombrowski is currently evaluating implementation of the Michigan Double Up Food Bucks program in collaboration with the Fair Food Network, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and Grand Valley State University. Her dissertation focus includes understanding the role that healthy corner store owners play in facilitating health promotion within their community and encompassing a Community-Based Enterprise identity.


Research Interests

  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Food Environment and Access to Healthy Foods
  • Health Inequity
  • Multilevel Intervention Evaluation
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Health Promotion and Health Education

Courses Taught

  • Health Education planning and policy courses

Community Engagement Activities

  • American Public Health Association Member
  • Society for Public Health Education Member


Jaskiewicz L, Dombrowski RD, Barnett GM, Mason M, Welter C   2015 Community Development Journal
Massuda Barnett GL, Dombrowski RD, Welter CR, Mason M, Geraci MV, Gilmet KA, Fagen MC, and Kapadia DA   2014 American Journal of Health Promotion 28 S122-S124
Policy, Systems, and Environmentally Oriented School-Based Obesity Prevention: Opportunities and Challenges.
Fagen MC, Asada Y, Welch S, Dombrowski R, Gilmet K, Welter C, Stern L, Massuda Barnett G, and Mason M   2014 Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community 42(2) 95-111
Communities as a strategy for achieving policy, systems and environmental change for obesity control and reduction
Dombrowski R, Mason M, Welch SB, Welter C, Massuda Barnett G, & Cedano A   2013 International Public Health Journal 5(3) 225-240
Jaskiewicz L, Dombrowski RD, Drummond HM, Barnett GM, Mason M, Welter C   2013 Preventing Chronic Disease 10:130011
Environmental Justice and the Well Being of Poor Children of Color: Building Capacity in Head Start Parents Through Photovoice.
Spencer M, Kohn-Wood L, Dombrowski RD, Keeles O, & Birichi D   2012 Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research
In a Position to Know: Youth and Parents Living with HIV Speak Out on Sexuality Education.
Dombrowski RD & Bruce D   2008 AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
Parental Perceptions of preschoolers’ emotional and behavioral problems: Implications for Service utilization.
Kohn-Wood LP, Spencer MS, Teller S, McCall J, & Jankowski [Dombrowski] R   2007 Child Poverty in America Today: Health and Medical Care Volume 2.