Lavonna Blair Lewis, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Teaching Professor of Public Policy, Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
SchoolUSC Sol Price School of Public Policy
AddressRGL 309
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0626
Phone+1 213 740 4280
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    LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She joined the University of Southern California (USC) faculty in the Fall of 1996.

    Dr. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups. She is currently involved in addressing racial disparities cardiovascular disease and diabetes through the Community Health Councils, Inc., African American Building a Legacy of Health Project. The project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a community based project that explores individual, organizational, and community support for (and barriers to) healthy living.

    Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other health management and policy journals. Moreover, all of the work to date has employed a community based participatory research framework that partners with the relevant stakeholder groups in developing the research questions.

    She is member of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; and the Standards Council for the Commission on Accreditation in Health Management Education. She is also a member of several associations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Community Campus Partnerships for Health.

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    1. Advocacy for Health Justice: An Innovative Pilot Course for MD and Master of Public Policy Students. Teach Learn Med. 2024 Apr-May; 36(2):198-210. Hallowell R, Saluja S, Lewis L, Novak DA, Valentine W, Batch E, Clayton Johnson MA, Bluthenthal RN, Cousineau MR, Ben-Ari R. PMID: 36519450.
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    2. United for health to improve urban food environments across five underserved communities: a cross-sector coalition approach. BMC Public Health. 2022 05 04; 22(1):888. Payán DD, Lewis LB, Illum J, Hawkins B, Sloane DC. PMID: 35509034; PMCID: PMC9066811.
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    3. Use of research evidence in state health policymaking: Menu labeling policy in California. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Dec; 16:101004. Payán DD, Lewis LB. PMID: 31709136; PMCID: PMC6831831.
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    4. Intrapersonal and Environmental Barriers to Physical Activity Among Blacks and Latinos. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019 04; 51(4):478-485. Payán DD, Sloane DC, Illum J, Lewis LB. PMID: 30442570.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Ending Cervical Cancer Screening in Low-Risk Women After Age 65: Understanding Barriers to Adherence With Evidence-Based Guidelines Among Primary Care Providers. Health Serv Res Manag Epidemiol. 2018 Jan-Dec; 5:2333392818755241. Boone E, Karp M, Lewis L. PMID: 29568789; PMCID: PMC5858658.
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    6. Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to Healthy Eating and School Lunch Meals among Adolescents: A Qualitative Study. Am J Health Behav. 2017 Sep 01; 41(5):661-669. Payán DD, Sloane DC, Illum J, Farris T, Lewis LB. PMID: 28760188; PMCID: PMC5596641.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Catalyzing Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions in Safety Net Settings: A Clinical-Community Partnership in South Los Angeles. Health Promot Pract. 2017 07; 18(4):586-597. Payán DD, Sloane DC, Illum J, Vargas RB, Lee D, Galloway-Gilliam L, Lewis LB. PMID: 28443342; PMCID: PMC5593854.
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    8. Advocacy coalitions involved in California's menu labeling policy debate: Exploring coalition structure, policy beliefs, resources, and strategies. Soc Sci Med. 2017 03; 177:78-86. Payán DD, Lewis LB, Cousineau MR, Nichol MB. PMID: 28161674; PMCID: PMC5598761.
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    9. Discontent and Confusion: Primary Care Providers' Opinions and Understanding of Current Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2016 Mar; 25(3):255-62. Boone E, Lewis L, Karp M. PMID: 26540622.
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    10. Transforming the urban food desert from the grassroots up: a model for community change. Fam Community Health. 2011 Jan-Mar; 34 Suppl 1:S92-S101. Lewis LB, Galloway-Gilliam L, Flynn G, Nomachi J, Keener LC, Sloane DC. PMID: 21160336.
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    11. Work group IV: Future directions for measures of the food and physical activity environments. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Apr; 36(4 Suppl):S182-8. Story M, Giles-Corti B, Yaroch AL, Cummins S, Frank LD, Huang TT, Lewis LB. PMID: 19285212.
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    12. Putting promotion into practice: the African Americans building a legacy of health organizational wellness program. Health Promot Pract. 2006 Jul; 7(3 Suppl):233S-46S. Yancey AK, Lewis LB, Guinyard JJ, Sloane DC, Nascimento LM, Galloway-Gilliam L, Diamant AL, McCarthy WJ. PMID: 16760245.
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    13. Assessing resource environments to target prevention interventions in community chronic disease control. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2006 May; 17(2 Suppl):146-58. Sloane D, Nascimento L, Flynn G, Lewis L, Guinyard JJ, Galloway-Gilliam L, Diamant A, Yancey AK. PMID: 16809881.
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    14. African Americans' access to healthy food options in South Los Angeles restaurants. Am J Public Health. 2005 Apr; 95(4):668-73. Lewis LB, Sloane DC, Nascimento LM, Diamant AL, Guinyard JJ, Yancey AK, Flynn G, REACH Coalition of the African Americans Building a Legacy of Health Project. PMID: 15798128; PMCID: PMC1449239.
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    15. Leading by example: a local health department-community collaboration to incorporate physical activity into organizational practice. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2004 Mar-Apr; 10(2):116-23. Yancey AK, Lewis LB, Sloane DC, Guinyard JJ, Diamant AL, Nascimento LM, McCarthy WJ. PMID: 14967978.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Improving the nutritional resource environment for healthy living through community-based participatory research. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul; 18(7):568-75. Sloane DC, Diamant AL, Lewis LB, Yancey AK, Flynn G, Nascimento LM, McCarthy WJ, Guinyard JJ, Cousineau MR, REACH Coalition of the African American Building a Legacy of Health Project. PMID: 12848840; PMCID: PMC1494887.
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