Elizabeth A. Calhoun, PhD

Professor of Community, Environment and Policy, University of Arizona

Dr. Elizabeth Calhoun is associate vice president for population health sciences and executive director of the Center for Population Science and Discovery at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. She also is a professor in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery at the UA College of Medicine. An experienced health services researcher with expertise in health disparities, she was a professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health until 2014. She continues to direct the NIMHD-funded Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities at UIC and co-directs the UIC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities funded by NCI. In addition, she is the principal investigator of an NCI-funded study that tested the efficacy of a patient navigation program on improving compliance with cancer care.

She is a leader of the National Patient Navigator Consortium, advocating for patient navigators integration into the health system. She was a member of the Commission on Cancer standards committee that requires community assessment and patient navigation services for accreditation. Most recently, she received funding to lead the Illinois Assisters Training Program for the training of Navigators, In-Person Counselors and Certified Application Counselors for Implementation of the Affordable Care Act across the state of Illinois.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For a more detailed list of publications by Dr. Elizabeth Calhoun, see this edited list on PubMed. 

Molina Y, Kim S, Berrios N, Calhoun EA. Medical mistrust and patient satisfaction with mammography: the mediating effects of perceived self-efficacy among navigated African American women. Health Expect. 2015 Dec;18(6):2941-50. [See abstract.]

Hedlund N, Risendal BC, Pauls H, Valverde PA, Whitley E, Esparza A, Stiehl E, Calhoun E. Dissemination of patient navigation programs across the United States. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Jul-Aug;20(4):E15-24. [See abstract.]

Osiecki KM, Kim S, Chukwudozie IB, Calhoun EA. Utilizing Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis to Examine Health and Environmental Disparities in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods. Environ Justice. 2013 June 14;6(3):81-87. [See abstract.]

Tejeda S, Darnell JS, Cho YI, Stolley MR, Markossian TW, Calhoun EA. Patient barriers to follow-up care for breast and cervical cancer abnormalities.J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Jun;22(6):507-17. [See abstract.]

Markossian TW, Darnell JS, Calhoun EA. Follow-up and timeliness after an abnormal cancer screening among underserved, urban women in a patient navigation program. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Oct;21(10):1691-700. [See abstract.]

Esparza A, Calhoun E. Measuring the impact and potential of patient navigation: proposed common metrics and beyond. Cancer. 2011 Aug;117(15 Suppl):3537-3538. [See abstract.]

Markossian TW, Calhoun EA. Are breast cancer navigation programs cost-effective? Evidence from the Chicago Cancer Navigation Project. Health Policy. 2011 Jan;99(1):52-9. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Ferrans CE, Kaiser K, Campbell R, Calhoun EA, Warnecke RB. Misconceptions about breast lumps and delayed medical presentation in urban breast cancer patients. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Mar 19(3):640-7. [See abstract.]

Calhoun EA, Whitley EM, Esparza A, Ness E, Greene A, Garcia R, et al. A national patient navigator training program. Health Promot Pract. 2010;11(2):205-15. [See abstract.]

Parker VA, Clark JA, Leyson J, Calhoun E, Carroll JK, Freund KM, Battaglia TA. Patient navigation: Development of a protocol for describing what navigators do. Health Serv Res. 2010 Apr;45(2):514-531. [See abstract.]

Darnell JS, Chang CH, Calhoun EA. Knowledge about breast cancer and participation in a faith-based breast cancer program and other predictors of mammography screening among African American women and Latinas. Health Promot Pract. 2006 Jul;7(3 Suppl):201S-12S. [See abstract.]