Noel J. Chrisman, PhD, MPH

Noel J. Chrisman, PhD, MPH
Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357362
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7263


My work has been on cross cultural community-based participatory research for the last 25 years. In addition, I have done research in the past and currently consult and speak on issues in cultural competence and culturally appropriate community health promotion (CBPR) projects. This kind of work is central to our nation with such drastic income and wealth inequality. The new Affordable Care Act will require much more community health promotion activities and our nation is diverse so abilities to work across many different groups will be essential.


I teach undergraduate community health nursing in a small poor Latino neighborhood in Seattle. We use a CBPR (see above) approach. In addition, graduate students in community health nursing work in the same neighborhood carrying out more lengthy and complex projects. I teach a graduate seminar in how to do cross cultural community work. In addition, I teach a seminar in anthropology called "Clinically Applied Anthropology" that considers how theory, method, and data from medical anthropology can be used by clinicians.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

Until recently, I was affiliated with a series of three CDC-funded community health projects using CBPR. Now I serve on the board of the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. We serve low income and marginalized people from the downtown corridor in a variety of ways. I have also been a officer (e.g., board member, committee chair, president, etc.)in the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Council on Anthropology and Nursing. I am a member of the Transcultural Nursing Society and the National Association of Practicing Anthropology. All of these engagements directly affect and are affected by my academic work.

Current Publications

  • Chrisman, N. J. Senturia, S., Tang, G., & Gheisar, B. (2002). Qualitative process evaluation of urban community work: A preliminary view. Health Education and Behavior 29(2), 232-248.
  • Chrisman, N. J. (2005). Community building for health. In Stan Hyland (Ed), Community building in the twenty-first century (pp. 167-191). Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.
  • Chrisman, N. J. (2007). Extending cultural competence through systems change: Academic, hospital, and community partnerships. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 18(Suppl 1), 68S-77S.
  • Chen, R., Carrillo, M., Kapp, J., Cheadle, A., Angulo, A., Chrisman, N., & Rubio, R. (2011). Partnering with REACH to create a “diabetes friendly” restaurant: A restaurant owner’s experience. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 5(3), 307-312.
  • Li, I.C., Chen, Y.C., Hsu, L.L., Lin, C.H., & Chrisman, N. J. (2012). The effects of an educational training workshop for community leaders on self-efficacy of program planning skills and partnerships. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(3), 600-613.
Research Interests: 
Health beliefs and practices, participatory action research, clinically applied anthropology, community organization
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