Behavioral Health — Public Health — Full-time
Kathy  Raffel

Kathy Raffel, PhD, MBA, MSW

Assistant Professor; Director, MSBH Program

Education

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (2009 – 2013) PhD in Social Work
Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH (2009) Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (1986) MBA with a focus in management
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (1977) MSW with a focus in healthcare and community practice
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (1974) Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Administrative Appointments

Community service: Family Caregiver Alliance, San Francisco, CA (2013- Present), Board member

Research Areas

Bioethics
Family Caregivers
Health literacy
Community Program Development
Program Evaluation
Community Based Participatory Research
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Courses Offered
  • MPH 636: Public Health Program Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • MPH 622: Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change
Publications
  • Raffel, K., Lee, M. Y., Dougherty, C. V., Greene, G. Making it work: Administrator views on sustaining evidence-based interventions. Administration in Social Work, 37(5)
  • Raffel, K., Dierkhising, R., & Ivnik, M. (2002). Health information mailed on request: Impact on users, considerations for the provider. Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 2(1), 41-56.
  • Rabin, J., Keefe, K., & Burton, M. (1986). Enhancing services for sexual-minority clients: A community mental health approach. Social Work, 31(4), 294-298.
  • Snyder, B. & Keefe, K. (1985). The unmet needs of family caregivers for frail and disabled adults. Social Work in Health Care, 10(3), 1-14.
Selected Peer-Reviewed and Invited Presentations (2000-2012)
  • Untangling conflict: Strategies for finding better solutions. Invited three hour workshop. Ethics Education Day, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH (2012)  
  • Health literacy: Implications for the ethics committee. Seminar. Ethics Advisory Committee for Community-Based Services annual retreat, Columbus, OH (2009)
  • Addressing low health literacy: Practical skills to improve patient understanding. Conference session. Hospice and Palliative Care Conference, Columbus, OH (2009)
  • Addressing health literacy to improve patient safety. Practice Initiative Education online training program. Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2007) 
  • To translate or not: Health information in a multicultural world. Paper.American Academy of Family Physician’s 23rd Annual Conference on Patient Education (2002)
  • Lack of understanding: Whose responsibility is it? Workshop.American Academy of Family Physician’s 23rd Annual Conference on Patient Education (2002)
  • Patient education classes: Patient-perceived barriers to attendance. Poster.Mayo Clinic Conference on Quality (2002); Mayo Clinic Nursing Poster Fair (2002)
  • Patient education: Are mailed information packets effective? Poster. Won prize for the best poster presentation at American Academy of Family Physicians 22nd Annual Conference on Patient Education (2001); Mayo Conference on Quality (2001)
  • What patients say about how they learn best. Poster.  American Academy of Family Physicians 22nd Annual Conference on Patient Education (2000)
  • Testing our assumptions: How patient-centered research can shape patient education practice. Paper. American Academy of Family Physicians 22nd Annual Conference on Patient Education (2000)