Eva Vivian

Graduate student Eva Vivian.

Title/Department: Doctoral Candidate, Civil Society and Community Research

Email: eva.vivian@wisc.edu

Education and Relevant Experience

Eva Marie Vivian is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy pursuing her doctorate at the School of Human Ecology in Civil Society and Community Research. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Eva has been referred to as “the researcher with a servant’s heart” because of her service to underserved communities in Madison, WI. She is the current president of the African American Health Network of Dane County whose mission is to promote health education, healthy lifestyles, self-advocacy, empowerment and well-being among African Americans in Dane County. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Access Community Health Centers, a local federally qualified health center; and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Metropolitan Madison Chapter of the Links, organizations that work tirelessly toward social justice.

Eva has received certifications through the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators and the American Association of Diabetes Educators and maintains a clinical practice at Access Community Health Centers. While caring for her patients, she noticed that many of them were accompanied by their children who also displayed risk factors for diabetes. Her research sharpened its focus in response to heightened awareness of the great numbers of children and adolescents who are at special risk of diabetes. Eva’s research transitioned from the clinical to community setting with an emphasis on disease prevention. She works with members of under-resourced communities to identify health issues that are important to their community, with the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities

Field of Interest

Eva’s research interest focuses on identifying disparities in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases among ethnic minorities, particularly African American and Latino American patients and developing and implementing strategies to reduce and eliminate them. Eva engages the community in all aspects of her research, including identifying problems; designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions; and identifying how data will be disseminated to improve the health of community residents.

Many of the questions that fuel her curiosity are based on her observations while working with communities and include: Why are some people healthier than others? What factors contribute to the positive health outcomes found among some persons who reside in under resourced communities? Does resiliency play a role in the attenuation of disease? What factors contribute to resiliency and how can we replicate these factors to improve a community’s environment?

Eva seeks to work with underserved communities to build their capacity to empower their community to improve their health and well-being and reduce health disparities.