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Deborah Porterfield

Public Health Researcher

Deborah Porterfield, MD, MPH, is a trained internist and preventive medicine physician with clinical experience in primary care practice in community health centers and six years of public health practice at a state health department. While in public health practice, she led or participated in a number of research and evaluation projects, including evaluation of a community-based diabetes prevention and control project, evaluation of a quality improvement initiative for primary care practices, assessment of local public health department performance in diabetes prevention and control, and a study of quality of care for uninsured patients with diabetes. Key areas of expertise include chronic disease control, particularly diabetes and cancer; chronic disease epidemiology; quality improvement; and performance measurement in public health practice.

Education

MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MD, University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco; BA (magna cum laude), Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges.

Latest Publications

Porterfield, D.S., Rojas-Smith, L., Lewis, M., McCormack, L.A., Hoerger, T.J., & Holden, D.J. (July 2015). A taxonomy of integration interventions between health care and public health: RTI Press Publication No. OP-0023-1507. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Porterfield, D.S., Rogers, T., Glasgow, L.M., & Beitsch, L.M. (2015). Measuring public health practice and outcomes in chronic disease: A call for coordination. American Journal of Public Health, 105 (Suppl 2):S180-S188.
Krishnan, S., Madsen, E., Porterfield, D., & Varghese, B. (2013). Advancing cervical cancer prevention in India: Implementation science priorities. The Oncologist, 18 (12):1285-1297.
Porterfield, D.S., Hinnant, L.W., Kane, H., Horne, J., McAleer, K., & Roussel, A. (2012). Linkages between clinical practices and community organizations for prevention: a literature review and environmental scan. American Journal of Public Health, 102 Suppl 3 :S375-S382.
Porterfield, D.S., Hinnant, L.W., Kane, H., Horne, J., McAleer, K., & Roussel, A. (2012). Linkages between clinical practices and community organizations for prevention: a literature review and environmental scan. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42 (6 Suppl 2):S163-S171.
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Expertise

  • Performance Measurement in Public Health Practice
  • Public Health Program Evaluation
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Quality Improvement in Clinical and Public Health Practice