Barbara L. Brush, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN

Carol J. and F. Edward Lake Term Clinical Professor, Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership, School of Nursing
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health


Internationally recognized for her historical and policy research on nurse workforce capacity and competency, health worker migration, diversity, and practice issues, Dr. Brush has published extensively on key components of nurses’ work around the globe, including controversial aspects related to racial segregation and immigration policy. Her research with homeless families in Detroit uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in designing, implementing, and evaluating best practice models to provide needed preventive health and social services and inform health policy decisions that influence resource allocation to this underserved cohort. Current research is testing the use of narrative and life story mapping to facilitate disclosure of intra-personal violence (IPV), known to be highly prevalent in homeless women and to help women recognize and interpret IPV experiences and seek the help needed to improve health and social well-being. Dr. Brush is also Co-Principal Investigator of a 5-year (2016-2021) NIH-funded study (RO1NR016123-01A1) that is developing and testing an instrument to measure success in long-standing community-academic research partnerships across the United States.

Dr. Brush recently served on a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine expert committee examining evidence linking health and permanent supportive housing (PSH) in persons experiencing homelessness across the United States. She is on the NIH Scientific Review Committee for the National Library of Medicine, is a Board Member of the Detroit Urban Community-Academic Research Center (Detroit URC), and is a Faculty Expert with the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and with the office of Poverty Solutions. She maintains active clinical practice as a nurse practitioner at the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, MI and teaches and mentors physicians and nurses in the National Clinician’s Scholars program in participatory research approaches; training new researchers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences in community engagement has the potential to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

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Research Areas: Community-Based Participatory Research, Aging Populations, Access to Care, Homelessness & Transient Population, Health Disparities,

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