Elizabeth French, MA

Assistant Dean, Strategic Initiatives
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Health Behavior
138 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill 27599-7400
USAT: 919-962-2372
F: 919-966-2921
1994       University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill       MA, English
1986       West Virginia University                                       BA, English and History
Administrative responsibilities
Works across School to plan, implement and communicate  initiatives, collaborations and partnerships. Manages programs and coordinates special committees and initiatives, including School’s strategic plan SPH2020, and schoolwide curriculum efforts.

HBEH 727       Patient Advocacy: Healing the Healthcare System       Syllabus

Research nterests

Health care delivery
Health communication
Health policy
Patient and health advocacy

Over ten years of work on projects that define and explore Patient Advocacy as a public health area

Sponsored two national conferences on patient advocacy
Co-edited a book, Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality (2008)
Co-guest edited March/April 2009 issue of the NC Medical Journal, which was focused on patient advocacy
Instructor for 3-credit interdisciplinary graduate seminar on patient advocacy

Staff/administrative responsibilities
General administration of schoolwide initiatives, including SPH2020 initiatives.

Health Behavior Adjunct availability
Advisor on a special project
Classroom or continuing education lecture
Student practice supervision
Practicum preceptor

Key publications
French, EA, Gilkey, MB and Earp, JA (2009)
Issue Brief: Patient Advocacy: Putting the Vocabulary of Patient-Centered Care into Action.
NCMJ: vol.70(2), p.114-120.

Earp, JA, French, EA, Gilkey, MB (2007)
Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality: Strategies for Achieving Patient-Centered Care.
Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA, p.1-614.

Gilkey, MB, Earp, JA, and French, EA (2008)
Applying Health Education Theory to Patient Safety Programs: Three Case Studies.
Health Promotion Practice: vol.vol. 9(2), p.123-129.