Rachael D. Dombrowski

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

Office Hours: By appointment.




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


  •  Training local organizations to support healthy food access: results from a year-long project
    Jaskiewicz L, *Dombrowski RD*, Barnett GM, Mason M, Welter C 2015 Community Development Journal
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Partnering With Community Institutions to Increase Access to Healthful Foods Across Municipalities.
    Jaskiewicz L, *Dombrowski RD*, Drummond HM, Barnett GM, Mason M, Welter C 2013 Preventing Chronic Disease 10:130011
  • Model Communities: A Vital Strategy to Implementing Policy and Environmental Change for Active Living and Addressing Health Equity in Suburban Cook County, Illinois
    Massuda Barnett GL, *Dombrowski RD*, Welter CR, Mason M, Geraci MV, Gilmet KA, Fagen MC, and Kapadia DA 1 2014 American Journal of Health Promotion 28
  • 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)