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Epidemiology and Data Specialist Joins Public Health Team

Vicki Johnson-Lawrence

Vicki Johnson-Lawrence recently joined Michigan State University as an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine. Johnson-Lawrence, recruited as part of the university’s Global Impact Initiative, is a social epidemiologist who uses data and works with community partners to improve the physical and behavioral health of vulnerable people.


PhD: University of Michigan School of Public Health, Epidemiological Science (2010)

Recent Honors: Invited to give Wayne State University’s 2017 Edith Harris Endowed Lecture, “Supporting Resiliency and Well-Being through Stress and Adversity: Building a Path Forward from the Flint Water Crisis,” a discussion of the community and mental health repercussions of the Flint water crisis.

Most Recent Publication: Johnson-Lawrence, V, Zajacova, A, Sneed, R. (2017). Education, race/ethnicity, and multimorbidity among adults aged 30–64 in the National Health Interview Survey. Social Science & Medicine: Population Health.

About My Research: “I use quantitative data to address wellness and disease risk reduction at the population level.  I do this work in partnership with local community organizations. For example, I am the principal investigator for a multi-level project to reduce health inequities in Flint.  We focus on nutrition and exercise for community members to improve their health, but also work with churches to identify local community changes that improve access to wellness activities, such as providing safe places for exercise to support population health.

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