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Kenneth Schachter MD, MBA

Kenneth  Schachter MD, MBA

Assistant Professor

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall A216
PO Box: 245210
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-7960


Kenneth Schachter, MD, MBA joined the faculty in 2001, after 21 years in the Commissioned Corps, U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Schachter is a family physician with extensive clinical practice, QI, public health, management, and leadership experience.

As Medical Director in the Office of Health Care Partnerships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he helped further public-private partnerships for prevention; facilitated extramural research; inventoried CDC's Managed Care Projects; and participated in developing a national report on patient safety with federal and non-governmental agencies. Dr Schachter served in numerous management and leadership roles in the Indian Health Service and the Health Resources and Services Administration Southeast Field Office.

Dr. Schachter's areas of interest include: leadership and workforce development, community-based participatory research, interprofessional education, health care quality and safety, action learning, and team-based learning. He teaches in the areas of public health policy, management, and leadership; and health care quality and safety.

1972, BA, University of Connecticut
1976, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
1987, MBA, University of Phoenix

1. Herman P M, Ingram M, Cunningham C, Rimas H, Murrieta L, Schachter K, Guernsey de Zapien J, Carvajal S. A Comparison of Methods for Capturing Patient Preferences for Delivery of Mental Health Services to Low-Income Hispanics Engaged in Primary Care. The Patient 12/2015; DOI:10.1007/s40271-015-0155-7

2. Reinschmidt KM, Ingram M, Schachter K, Sabo S, Verdugo L, Carvajal S.  The Impact of Integrating Community Advocacy into Community Health Worker Roles on Health-Focused Organizations and Community Health Workers in Southern Arizona. .Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 2015; 38(3): 244-253.

3. Ingram M, Sabo S, Gomez S, Piper R, Reinschmidt K, Schachter, K, & Carvajal, S. Taking a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach in the Development of Methods for a CHW Community Advocacy Intervention. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2015, pp. 49-56

4. Ingram M, Schachter K, Guernsey de Zapien J, Herman P, Carvajal S; Using participatory methods to enhance patient-centred mental health care in a federally qualified community health center serving a Mexican American farmworker community; Healt

5. Schachter K, Ingram M, Jacobs L, Guernsey De Zapien J, Hafter H, Carvajal S. Developing an Action Learning Community Advocacy/Leadership Training Program for Community Health Workers and Their Agencies to Reduce Health Disparities in Arizona Border Communities. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. Volume 7, Issue 2, Spring 2014, pp. 29- 42

6. Ingram M, Schachter K, Sabo, S Reinschmidt K, Gomez S, Guernsey de Zapien J, Carvajal SC. A community health worker intervention to address the social determinants of health through policy change. Journal of Primary Prevention. April 2014, Volume 35, Issue 2

7. Sabo S, Ingram M, Reinschmidt K, Schachter K, Jacobs L, Guernsey de Zapien J, Robinson L, Carvajal C. Predictors and a Framework for Fostering Community Advocacy as a Community Health Worker Core Function to Eliminate Health Disparities. American Journal of Public Health

8. Ingram M, Reinschmidt KM, Schachter KA, Davidson CL, Sabo SJ, De Zapien JG, Carvajal, SC. Establishing a Professional Profile of Community Health Workers: Results from a National Study of Roles, Activities and Training. J Community Health. 2012 Apr;37(2):529-37

9. Johnson CC, Murray DM, Elder JP, Jobe JB, Dunn AL, Kubik M, Ribisl KM, Voorhees C, Schachter KA. Depressive Symptoms and Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2008 May; 40(5): 818-26

10. Elder JP, Shuler L, Moe SG, Grieser M, Pratt C, Cameron S, Hingle M, Pickrel JL, Saksvig BI, Schachter K, Greer S, Bothwell EKG. Recruiting a Diverse Group of Middle School Girls into the Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls. Journal of School Health.  October 2008; Volume 78: 523-53

11. Schachter KA, Cohen SJ, From Research to Practice: Challenges to Implementing National Diabetes Guidelines With Five Community Health Centers on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy

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Research Synopsis

Dr. Schachter joined the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2002, after 21 years of service as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. He currently teaches in the areas of public health policy, management, and leadership; and health care quality and safety. Past research includes school based research on increasing physical activity in adolescent girls; community health center based research on the effectiveness of culturally appropriate, promotora led, group diabetes education and physical activity programs; community based participatory research on developing a community health worker intervention to address the social determinants of health through advocacy, leadership, and policy change.

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