R. David Rebanal, DrPH

David RebanalDr. David Rebanal is the Health Equity Institute Senior Associate for Research and Evaluation. Rebanal leads the design and implementation of evaluation studies concerning health and social services and policies. He previously worked at the Public Health Institute as the Interim Program Manager for the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) and the Senior Program Officer at the Northwest Health Foundation in Portland, OR, focused on overseeing its strategic investments in public health, research, and legislative advocacy efforts. Rebanal was also previously the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Prevention Service, a three-year-post graduate service fellowship.  In this role, he worked with state health departments on the implementation and evaluation of chronic disease prevention efforts.

Rebanal brings over fifteen years of experience in public health, policy, philanthropy, and health care with city, state, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private foundations. He is passionate about leading community and systems transformation efforts through research and policy that ultimately allow for opportunities for health equity.

Rebanal recently completed his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) where he focused on social epidemiology, racial politics, and community development. His dissertation examined the role of racial residential segregation and political participation on the health status of Asian Americans in California. He was a Graduate Student Instructor for courses in Community Organizing at the School of Public Health, and in Urban Health at the Department of City and Regional Planning. He also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Hunter College at City University of New York (CUNY). He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. 

Rebanal was awarded the UCB School of Public Health Dean’s Diversity Scholarship for the study of Health Disparities from 2011-2014 as well as the Public Health Alumni Association Mayhew and Helen Derryberry Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. Rebanal has served on numerous advisory councils, professional committees, and non-profit boards of directors, including co-chairing Oregon’s Asian & Pacific Islander Health Network and serving on the the Community Advisory Board for the Oregon Department of Human Service’s Office of Health Equity and Inclusion.

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Research Interests

  • Structural and social determinants of racial health inequities
  • Urban health and participatory governance
  • Political participation and immigrant health
  • Research translation and health policy
  • Evaluation of community transformation efforts and public health practice
  • Mixed-methods research (quantitative and qualitative)