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Alison Cohen, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address550 16th Street
San Francisco CA 94158
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    University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CAPhD05/2017Epidemiology
    University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CAMPH05/2012Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    Brown University, Providence, RIBA05/2009Community Health & Education Studies

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    I am an epidemiologist involved community-driven, policy-relevant applied epidemiology and public health research to study social and environmental determinants of health inequities, and possible interventions that could reduce these inequities.

    Much of my research is in partnership with community-based organizations, with the goal of systematically documenting health inequities using community-based participatory research approaches and harnessing the power of research-practice partnerships. I also study interventions beyond the health sector that could reduce inequities in health and well-being.

    I have experience doing multidisciplinary research and evaluation on topics including public health, education, youth, civic engagement, and the environment. I conduct research locally, nationally, and internationally, in English, Spanish, and French.

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    1. Youth civic action across the United States: Projects, priorities, and approaches. Youth & Society. 2021; 53(4):654-675. Elena Gustafson, Alison K Cohen, Sarah Andes. View Publication.
    2. High School Composition and Health Outcomes in Adulthood: A Cohort Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(7):3799. Alison K Cohen, Emily J Ozer, David H Rehkopf, Barbara Abrams. View Publication.
    3. High School Composition and Health Outcomes in Adulthood: A Cohort Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Apr 06; 18(7). PMID: 33917294.
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    4. Examining school dropout among rural youth in Honduras: Evidence from a mixed-methods longitudinal study. International Journal of Educational Development. 2021; 82:102329. Erin Murphy-Graham, Diana Pacheco Montoya, Alison K Cohen, Enrique Valencia Lopez. View Publication.
    5. "Constant Stress Has Become the New Normal": Stress and Anxiety Inequalities Among U.S. College Students in the Time of COVID-19. J Adolesc Health. 2021 02; 68(2):270-276. Hoyt LT, Cohen AK, Dull B, Maker Castro E, Yazdani N. PMID: 33288459.
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    6. Fostering youth civic engagement through effective mentorship: Understanding the college student volunteer mentors who succeed. J Community Psychol. 2021 Mar; 49(2):605-619. Maker Castro E, Cohen AK. PMID: 33270915.
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    7. Preventing maternal mortality in the United States: lessons from California and policy recommendations. J Public Health Policy. 2021 Mar; 42(1):127-144. Nichols CR, Cohen AK. PMID: 33268845.
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    8. “Allergic to the Region”: A Population-Based Study of the Diversity of Health Experiences in the Industrial Zone of Marseille, France. Environmental Justice. 2020; 13(6):202-209. Miranda P Dotson, Barbara L Allen, Alison K Cohen. . View Publication.
    9. Does the Type and Timing of Educational Attainment Influence Physical Health? A Novel Application of Sequence Analysis. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 11 02; 189(11):1389-1401. Vable AM, Duarte CD, Cohen AK, Glymour MM, Ream RK, Yen IH. PMID: 32676653.
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    10. School Dropout, Child Marriage, and Early Pregnancy among Adolescent Girls in Rural Honduras. Comparative Education Review. 2020; 64(4):703-724. Erin Murphy-Graham, Alison K Cohen, Diana Pacheco-Montoya. View Publication.
    11. A family-centered mixed-methods needs assessment for the system of care for young children with social-emotional and behavioral concerns. Children and Youth Services Review. 2020; 117:105243. Sonia Jain, Rebecca Reno, Alison K Cohen, Henrissa Bassey, Mansi Master, Chloe R Nichols. View Publication.
    12. Association of Adult Depression With Educational Attainment, Aspirations, and Expectations. Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 08 27; 17:E94. Cohen AK, Nussbaum J, Weintraub MLR, Nichols CR, Yen IH. PMID: 32857033.
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    13. A Descriptive Study of COVID-19-Related Experiences and Perspectives of a National Sample of College Students in Spring 2020. J Adolesc Health. 2020 09; 67(3):369-375. Cohen AK, Hoyt LT, Dull B. PMID: 32593564.
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    14. How to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic with More Creativity and Innovation. Popul Health Manag. 2020 Jun 19. Cohen AK, Cromwell JR. PMID: 32559141.
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    15. Use of Research Evidence Generated by Youth: Conceptualization and Applications in Diverse U.S. K-12 Educational Settings. Am J Community Psychol. 2020 09; 66(1-2):81-93. Ozer EJ, Abraczinskas M, Voight A, Kirshner B, Cohen AK, Zion S, Glende JR, Stickney D, Gauna R, Lopez SE, Freiburger K. PMID: 32497266.
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    16. Opportunities for youth participatory action research to inform school district decisions. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. 2020; 16(2):317-329. Alison K Cohen, Emily J Ozer, Michelle Abraczinskas, Adam Voight, Ben Kirshner, Molly Devinney. View Publication.
    17. Community-Based Participatory Research in the News: A Qualitative Case Study of the Online Media Characterization of a French Health Study. Science Communication. 2020; 42(2):172-194. Catherine dP Duarte, Alison K Cohen, Barbara L Allen. View Publication.
    18. Collaborative Workshops for Community Meaning-Making and Data Analyses: How Focus Groups Strengthen Data by Enhancing Understanding and Promoting Use. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 09 11; 16(18). Allen BL, Lees J, Cohen AK, Jeanjean M. PMID: 31514327.
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    19. Can a school-based civic empowerment intervention support adolescent health? Prev Med Rep. 2019 Dec; 16:100968. Ballard PJ, Cohen AK, Duarte CDP. PMID: 31508296.
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    20. Building a culturally-responsive, family-driven early childhood system of care: Understanding the needs and strengths of ethnically diverse families of children with social-emotional and behavioral concerns. Children & Youth Services Review. 2019; 100:31-38. Sonia Jain, Rebecca Reno, Alison K Cohen, Henrissa Bassey, Mansi Master. View Publication.
    21. Community-based alternatives to detention: Implementation evidence on Evening Reporting Centers. Journal of Applied Juvenile Justice Services. 2019. Sonia Jain, Alison K Cohen, Neola Crosby, Jessica Gingold, Stacey Wooden.
    22. Civic engagement among youth exposed to community violence: Directions for research and practice. Journal of Youth Development. 2019. Sonia Jain, Alison K Cohen, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Catherine dP Duarte, Alexander Pope. View Publication.
    23. Making civic engagement go viral: Applying social epidemiology principles to civic education. Journal of Public Affairs. 2019; 19(1):e1857. Alexander Pope, Alison K Cohen, Catherine dP Duarte. View Publication.
    24. Similarities in Maternal Weight and Birth Weight Across Pregnancies and Across Sisters. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Feb; 23(2):138-147. Luecke E, Cohen AK, Brillante M, Rehkopf DH, Coyle J, Hendrick CE, Abrams B. PMID: 30032445.
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    25. Evaluating the implementation of a collaborative juvenile reentry system in Oakland, California. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology. 2018; 62(12):3662-3680. Sonia Jain, Alison K Cohen, Priya Jagannathan, Yvette Leung, Henrissa Bassey, Sara Bedford. View Publication.
    26. Do the health benefits of education vary by sociodemographic subgroup? Differential returns to education and implications for health inequities. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 11; 28(11):759-766.e5. Vable AM, Cohen AK, Leonard SA, Glymour MM, Duarte CDP, Yen IH. PMID: 30309690.
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    27. School climate and physical adolescent relationship abuse: Differences by sex, socioeconomic status, and bullying. J Adolesc. 2018 07; 66:71-82. Jain S, Cohen AK, Paglisotti T, Subramanyam MA, Chopel A, Miller E. PMID: 29783104.
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    28. Action civics education and civic outcomes for urban youth: An evaluation of the impact of Generation Citizen. Citizenship Teaching & Learning. 2018; 13(3):351-368. Alison K Cohen, Joshua Littenberg-Tobias, Abby Ridley-Kerr, Alexander Pope, Laurel C Stolte, Kenneth K Wong. View Publication.
    29. Health issues in the industrial port zone of Marseille, France: the Fos EPSEAL community-based cross-sectional survey. Journal of Public Health. 2018; 26(2):235-243. Alison K Cohen, Travis Richards, Barbara L Allen, Yolaine Ferrier, Johanna Lees, Louisa H Smith. View Publication.
    30. An instrumental variables approach to assess the effect of class size reduction on student screen time. Soc Sci Med. 2018 03; 201:63-70. Cohen AK. PMID: 29455052.
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    31. Evaluating the Implementation of a Collaborative Juvenile Reentry System in Oakland, California. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2018 09; 62(12):3662-3680. Jain S, Cohen AK, Jagannathan P, Leung Y, Bassey H, Bedford S. PMID: 29426252.
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    32. Assessing Cross-Sector Stakeholder Perspectives on Oakland (CA)’s Juvenile Reentry System. Justice Research and Policy. 2017; 18(2):98-124. Sonia Jain-Aghi, Alison K Cohen, Priya Jagannathan, Henrissa Bassey, Yvette Leung, Marthea Alley-Caliz, Sara Bedford. View Publication.
    33. Measuring the Relational Aspects of Civic Engagement and Action. Journal of International Social Studies. 2017; 7(2):4-19. Alison K Cohen, Jason C Fitzgerald. View Publication.
    34. Excessive Gestational Weight Gain and Subsequent Maternal Obesity at Age 40: A Hypothetical Intervention. Am J Public Health. 2017 09; 107(9):1463-1469. Abrams B, Coyle J, Cohen AK, Headen I, Hubbard A, Ritchie L, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 28727522.
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    35. Motherhood, Fatherhood and Midlife Weight Gain in a US Cohort: Associations differ by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic position. SSM Popul Health. 2017 Dec; 3:558-565. Brown DM, Barbara A, Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 29204513.
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    36. Through a maze of studies: health questions and ‘undone science’ in a French industrial region. Environmental Sociology. 2017; 3(2):134-144. Barbara L Allen, Yolaine Ferrier, Alison K Cohen. . View Publication.
    37. The accuracy of self-reported pregnancy-related weight: a systematic review. Obes Rev. 2017 03; 18(3):350-369. Headen I, Cohen AK, Mujahid M, Abrams B. PMID: 28170169.
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    38. Action Civics for Promoting Civic Development: Main Effects of Program Participation and Differences by Project Characteristics. Am J Community Psychol. 2016 12; 58(3-4):377-390. Ballard PJ, Cohen AK, Littenberg-Tobias J. PMID: 27982470.
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    39. Redesigning a Participatory Health Study for a French Industrial Context. New Solut. 2016 Nov; 26(3):458-474. Allen BL, Cohen AK, Ferrier Y, Lees J, Richards T. PMID: 27549362.
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    40. Educational Attainment and Gestational Weight Gain among U.S. Mothers. Womens Health Issues. 2016 Jul-Aug; 26(4):460-7. Cohen AK, Kazi C, Headen I, Rehkopf DH, Hendrick CE, Patil D, Abrams B. PMID: 27372419.
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    41. Adverse childhood experiences and later life adult obesity and smoking in the United States. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 07; 26(7):488-492.e5. Rehkopf DH, Headen I, Hubbard A, Deardorff J, Kesavan Y, Cohen AK, Patil D, Ritchie LD, Abrams B. PMID: 27449570.
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    42. Changing national guidelines is not enough: the impact of 1990 IOM recommendations on gestational weight gain among US women. Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 10; 40(10):1529-1534. Hamad R, Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 27200502.
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    43. Erratum to: Diverging Paths: Understanding Racial Differences in Civic Engagement Among White, African American, and Latina/o Adolescents Using Structural Equation Modeling. Am J Community Psychol. 2016 06; 57(3-4):489. Littenberg-Tobias J, Cohen AK. PMID: 27304829.
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    44. Surveying for Environmental Health Justice: Community Organizing Applications of Community-Based Participatory Research. Environmental Justice. 2016. Alison Klebanoff Cohen, Andrea Lopez, Nile Malloy, Rachel Morello-Frosch. View Publication.
    45. Diverging Paths: Understanding Racial Differences in Civic Engagement Among White, African American, and Latina/o Adolescents Using Structural Equation Modeling. Am J Community Psychol. 2016 03; 57(1-2):102-17. Littenberg-Tobias J, Cohen AK. PMID: 27217315.
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    46. Biological and Sociocultural Factors During the School Years Predicting Women's Lifetime Educational Attainment. J Sch Health. 2016 Mar; 86(3):215-24. Hendrick CE, Cohen AK, Deardorff J, Cance JD. PMID: 26830508.
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    47. Invited Commentary: Multigenerational Social Determinants of Health—Opportunities and Challenges. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Oct 01; 182(7):579-82. Cohen AK, Lê-Scherban F. PMID: 26283087.
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    48. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Inadequate Gestational Weight Gain Differ by Pre-pregnancy Weight. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Aug; 19(8):1672-86. Headen I, Mujahid MS, Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH, Abrams B. PMID: 25652057.
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    49. Inequalities in school climate in California. Journal of Educational Administration. 2015; 53(2):237-261. Sonia Jain, Alison K Cohen, Kevin Huang, Thomas L Hanson, Gregory Austin. View Publication.
    50. Action Civics in the Fourth Grade: Tackling School- and Community-based Issues. Social Studies and the Young Learner. 2015; 27(4):11-15. Peter Cipparone, Alison K. Cohen. . View Publication.
    51. Socioeconomic disadvantage in childhood as a predictor of excessive gestational weight gain and obesity in midlife adulthood. Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 2015; 12:4. Chaffee BW, Abrams B, Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 25755672.
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    52. Family partners improve early childhood mental health services. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Nov 01; 65(11):1376. Burton M, Cohen AK, Jain-Aghi S. PMID: 25756883.
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    53. Invited commentary: how research on public school closures can inform research on public hospital closures. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Aug; 114:197-9. Cohen AK, Ahern J. PMID: 24840783.
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    54. Understanding and meeting the needs of formerly gang-affiliated youth through tattoo removal services. Journal of Gang Research. 2014; 21(2):17-31. Sonia Jain, Adriana Mercedes Alvarado, Alison K Cohen, Quamrun Eldridge.
    55. Pregnancy and post-delivery maternal weight changes and overweight in preschool children. Preventive medicine. 2014; 60:77-82. Camille A Robinson, Alison K Cohen, David H Rehkopf, Julianna Deardorff, Lorrene Ritchie, Ruvani T Jayaweera, Jeremy R Coyle, Barbara Abrams. View Publication.
    56. Measuring civic engagement processes and youth civic empowerment in the classroom: The CIVVICS observation tool. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas. 2014; 87(1):44-51. Laurel Cadwallader Stolte, Molly Isenbarger, Alison Klebanoff Cohen. . View Publication.
    57. Civic Studies: Fundamental Questions, Interdisciplinary Methods. The Good Society. 2013; 22(2):122-136. Alison K Cohen, J Ruth Dawley-Carr, Liza Pappas, Alison Staudinger. View Publication.
    58. Behavioral adaptation among youth exposed to community violence: a longitudinal multidisciplinary study of family, peer and neighborhood-level protective factors. Prev Sci. 2013 Dec; 14(6):606-17. Jain S, Cohen AK. PMID: 23404664.
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    59. Excessive gestational weight gain over multiple pregnancies and the prevalence of obesity at age 40. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 May; 38(5):714-8. Cohen AK, Chaffee BW, Rehkopf DH, Coyle JR, Abrams B. PMID: 23958794.
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    60. Educational attainment and obesity: a systematic review. Obes Rev. 2013 Dec; 14(12):989-1005. Cohen AK, Rai M, Rehkopf DH, Abrams B. PMID: 23889851.
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    61. Fostering resilience among urban youth exposed to violence: a promising area for interdisciplinary research and practice. Health Educ Behav. 2013 Dec; 40(6):651-62. Jain S, Cohen AK. PMID: 23818463.
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    62. Education: a missed opportunity for public health intervention. Am J Public Health. 2013 Jun; 103(6):997-1001. Cohen AK, Syme SL. PMID: 23597373.
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    63. A community cohort study about childhood social and economic circumstances: racial/ethnic differences and associations with educational attainment and health of older adults. BMJ Open. 2013; 3(4). Yen IH, Gregorich S, Cohen AK, Stewart A. PMID: 23562813.
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    64. Revitalizing communities together: the shared values, goals, and work of education, urban planning, and public health. J Urban Health. 2013 Apr; 90(2):187-96. Cohen AK, Schuchter JW. PMID: 22711169.
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    65. The relationship between adolescents' civic knowledge, civic attitude, and civic behavior and their self-reported future likelihood of voting. Educ Citizsh Soc Justice. 2013 Mar 01; 8(1):43-57. Cohen AK, Chaffee BW. PMID: 24847376.
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    66. The relationship between five different measures of structural social capital, medical examination outcomes, and mortality. Soc Sci Med. 2013 May; 85:18-26. Muennig P, Cohen AK, Palmer A, Zhu W. PMID: 23540361.
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    67. Social patterning of obesity in Spain: A systematic review of the relationship between education and obesity. Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética. 2013; 17(2):47-53. Alison K Cohen, Paul J Christine, Abdulrahman M El-Sayed. View Publication.
    68. Education and obesity at age 40 among American adults. Soc Sci Med. 2013 Feb; 78:34-41. Cohen AK, Rehkopf DH, Deardorff J, Abrams B. PMID: 23246398.
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    69. Why we need urban health equity indicators: integrating science, policy, and community. PLoS Med. 2012; 9(8):e1001285. Corburn J, Cohen AK. PMID: 22904689.
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    70. Place-based environmental health justice education: A community-university-government-middle school partnership. Environmental Justice. 2012; 5(4):188-197. Alison K Cohen, Allison Waters, Phil Brown. View Publication.
    71. Surpluses and Deficits: How University Partners Perceive University-Community Partnerships at One Ivy League Institution. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. 2012; 1(3). Cohen AK. . View Publication.
    72. EU and US Regulatory Approaches to Information on Chemicals in Products: Implications for Consumers. European Journal of Risk Regulation. 2012; 4(3):521-533. Linda Molander, Alison K. Cohen. . View Publication.
    73. Outposts of Americana: Bringing Iowa Grassroots Democracy to European English-language Classrooms. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas. 2011; 5(84):184-187. Nate Preus, Alison Klebanoff Cohen. . View Publication.
    74. Closing the Civic Engagement Gap. Social Education. 2011; 5(75):265-268. Alexander Pope, Laurel Stolte, Alison K Cohen. . View Publication.
    75. Our environment, our health: a community-based participatory environmental health survey in Richmond, California. Health Educ Behav. 2012 Apr; 39(2):198-209. Cohen A, Lopez A, Malloy N, Morello-Frosch R. PMID: 21742947.
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    76. Community voice, vision, and resilience in post-Hurricane Katrina recovery. Environmental Justice. 2011; 1(4):71-80. Rachel Morello-Frosch, Phil Brown, Mercedes Lyson, Alison Cohen, Kimberly Krupa. View Publication.
    77. The implementation of REACH: initial perspectives from government, industry, and civil society. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2011 Jan-Mar; 17(1):57-62. Cohen AK. PMID: 21344820.
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    78. Lessons from an Introductory Public Health Course. Academic Exchange Quarterly. 2010; 1(14):158-163. Alison Cohen, Andrea Lopez, Samantha Marder, Nina Safane, Melissa Clark.
    79. Achieving healthy school siting and planning policies: understanding shared concerns of environmental planners, public health professionals, and educators. New Solut. 2010; 20(1):49-72. Cohen A. PMID: 20359991.
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