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Robert J. Letourneau, MPH


Robert J. Letourneau, MPH

Research Associate
Department of Health Behavior
  • Bank of America Building
  • 137 East Franklin Street, Suite 21
  • CB #7506
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Research Activities

Research activities

Provide evaluation services to three American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes funded by the CDC for reducing motor vehicle crash injuries/fatalities (2004-present).

Provide program evaluation services to Indian Health Service/Tribal staff conducting a child passenger safety program (Ride Safe) in AI/AN communities (2002-present).

Provide training, evaluation, technical assistance, and monitoring services to Tribes/Tribal Organizations funded by the: a) IHS Tribal Injury Prevention (IP) Cooperative Agreements Program (1999-2000 [n=12]; 2001-2005 [n=31]; 2006-present [n=22]); and b) IHS Children & Youth Program (2005-2007 [n=18]; 2006-present [n=11).

Conducted an evaluation of the IHS IP Training Program (1998-2000) and facilitated a working group to revise three IHS IP short-courses and develop the IHS IP Program Development Fellowship Program (2000-2004).

Conducted a multi-year evaluation of the 12 Indian Health Service Area Injury Prevention Programs (1997-2004).

Provided program evaluation services to Indian Health Service staff conducting a fire safety project (Sleep Safe) in AI/AN Tribal Head Start centers (1999-2002).

Research interests

    Injury prevention
    Minority health
    Public health practice
    Rural health

Key Publications

Ride Safe: A Child Passenger Safety Program for American Indian/Alaska Native Children. Letourneau, R.J.; Crump, C.E.; Bowling, J.M.; Allen, C.W.; Kuklinski, D.K.  (2007). Maternal & Child Health Journal.

The Role of Technical Assistance in the IHS Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreements Program (TIPCAP): Enhancing Injury Prevention Capacity Among Tribes and Tribal Organizations. Letourneau, R.J.; Crump, C.E.  (2007). IHS Primary Care Provider.

Providing Technical Assistance to Tribal Entities to Build Local Capacity for Injury Prevention. Health Education & Behavior. Crump, C.E., Letourneau, R.J., & Cannon, M.  (2006). Health Education & Behavior, 33.

Developing a process to evaluate a national injury prevention program: The Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program. In A. Steckler & L. Linnan, Process Evaluation for Public Health Intervention and Research. Crump, C.E.; Letourneau, R.J.  (2002). Jossey-Bass..

Staff/Administrative Duties

Letourneau is responsible for managing and array of projects designed to help agencies, foundations, organizations, and citizens transform communities to achieve equitable health and social outcomes. As part of the Healthy Solutions team, Robert’s work focus on: building program capacity (e.g., training, facilitation, strategic planning, and technical assistance); and promoting the use of policy, environmental, and system strategies. 


MPH, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

BA, International Relations, The American University, 1992

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