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School of Community Health & Policy

Sharon Barrett

Dr. Sharon Barrett

Assistant Professor, School of Community Health & Policy

Office: Portage 220
Phone: 443-885-2044

BA - Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
MS - Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, New York
DrPH - Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Barrett is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy and is a member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health

Dr. Barrett has over forty years of leadership in public, nonprofit and private sectors in the areas of program development, administration and public health practice. She became part of the SCHP faculty having retired from the Federal Public Health Service and after running her own consulting firm. In her last Federal Public Health Service position, Dr. Barrett created and served as the Director of Minority and Women's Health in the Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Health Care. As the founder and principal of S.E.B. and Associates, LLC, she has consulted on and provided training to health professionals on a wide range of issues including: public health, primary care and oral health, human trafficking, minority and women's health disparities, health literacy, language access and cultural competency. Her clients have been both global and domestic including government, nonprofit associations and NGOs. Dr. Barrett provided consultation and editorial support to the development of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' SOAR to Health and Wellness Pilot Training for health care providers on human trafficking. Dr. Barrett also conducted the SOAR training to health care professionals, including nurses, social workers, and outreach workers. Dr. Barrett was a member of the Technical Work Group for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, S.O.A.R to Health and Wellness Pilot Training on human trafficking. She also participated in the Department's Look beneath the Surface Campaign on human trafficking.

Dr. Barrett's research interest continues to be in the area of health literacy. Her dissertation provided a framework on integrating health literacy into primary care safety net clinics. She was an active member of the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Roundtable on Health Literacy for six years representing safety net providers. She provided training and consultation to the Center for Health, Ethnicity and Culture, in Melbourne, Australia in their development of health literacy curriculum for training service providers in Victoria, Australia. She is currently working with Zayed University in Abu Dhabi to integrate health literacy as a priority in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health five year strategic plan.

Dr. Barrett also continues to serve on a number of committees and boards. She is a Board member and Secretary for the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) and serves as the Mid-Atlantic ICC Regional Leader, and recently joined the Board of the Gaston and Porter Health Improvement Center.

Barrett SE. Health Literacy - A New Priority for ACU, Clinician and Community (ACU Quarterly Newsletter), Summer, 2005.

Barrett SE, Dyer C, and Westpheling K. Language Access: Understanding the Language Barriers and Challenges in Primary Care Settings, Perspectives from the Field, National Health Law Program thru The California Endowment, June, 2008.

Barrett SE, Puryear J, and Westpheling K. Assessing Health Literacy Practices in Primary Care: Lessons from the Field," Commonwealth Fund, January 2008.
This publication was picked up by Kaiser, EDU as one of January 2008's "Health Policy Picks" and has been added to the Grey Literature Report which is a partnership between the American Academy of Medicine and Kaiser, EDU.

Barrett SE, and Puryear J. "Assessing Health Literacy Practices in Primary Care Settings," Journal of Care for the Poor and Underserved, November 2006.