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Rie Suzuki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Suzuki is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Sciences at the UM-Flint. Before this position, she was a co-program director/post-doctoral researcher at the Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Suzuki received her PhD in Health Education, specializing in health behavior and psychometric statistics, from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a behavioral scientist and has an extensive background in needs assessment, the development of theory-based health promotion programs and program evaluation for adults and aging with physical disabilities.  She has authored more than 30 referral articles in fields. She belongs to the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation and U-M Michigan Institute for Data Science. She was the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research Pilot Scholar before.

Research Interests

My long-term goal is to identify and intervene the factors associating with health disparities/health equities among adults and aging with disabilities. Currently, I develop the scientific evidence of disability and health outcomes such as secondary health conditions and access to preventive care in Flint, MI. As PI on several university grants, I laid the groundwork for the impacts on physical environments on health outcomes in Flint MI.. Recently, I focused on two major areas by using the medical records and the self-administered survey such as health disparities, independent living, factors associating with health outcomes among adults with disabilities in the Medicaid or/and aged population in Flint, MI.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach HED 540: Health Behavior Theory for Public Health; HCR 368: Sociology of Health and Illness; AGE 350: Health and Aging. I also supervise students as the research coordinators and present research findings at the national and regional conferences with them.

Community Engagement

My studies have been conducted at the local agencies (e.g., the Court Street Common, Senior Centers, the Hamilton Community and Health Network, PACE center). Further, I regularly attend specific meetings at the Disability Network as well as the Genesee County Commission on Aging.

Community Engagement Reports

Flint Health & Wellness Initiatives