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Doug Easterling , Ph.D.

Easterling, Doug

Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy
Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

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Room Number: 4125
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-716-9213
Email: dveaster@wfubmc.edu

B.A., Carleton College, 1978 (Psychology and Mathematics).
M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1983 (Quantitative Psychology).
Ph.D., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1993 (Public Policy and Management).

Doug Easterling has worked in a number of roles (academic researcher, evaluator, funder, consultant, facilitator) to advance the theory and practice of community-based health promotion. Under the community- based paradigm, those individuals whose health is to be improved are directly engaged in the process of defining the problem and developing the solutions. Outside experts and funders play a supportive role in moving coalitions and community-based organizations toward “effective” strategies, but do not dictate specific interventions.

Doug’s research has focused on the various steps that successful community groups take in order to improve local health (e.g., assuming responsibility, establishing a shared sense of purpose, building trust, exploring the issue from multiple perspectives, identifying strategic leverage points, taking account of best and promising practices, creating strategies that fit the local environment, taking risks). He is also interested in understanding the process through which organizations and communities build their capacity (e.g., leadership, collective efficacy, social capital), as well as in developing strategies that funders, researchers and consultants can employ to facilitate community problem solving and capacity building.

As the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Colorado Trust (1992-1999), Doug managed the process through which the foundation’s community-based initiatives were evaluated. The outcomes and lessons from those initiatives are described in Promoting Health at the Community Level (Sage Publications, 2003), which he co-edited. Since returning to academia in 1999, he has evaluated foundation-sponsored initiatives designed to promote community-based problem solving, social capital, and improved race relations. Through workshops, presentations, papers and consultation, he has helped a number of foundations develop their strategies for evaluation, environmental scanning, and organizational learning. Along with Ross Conner, he co-teaches the evaluation module for the Health Forum’s Fellowship programs.

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Easterling D;Arnold EM;Jones JA;Smart AJ;  Achieving synergy with collaborative problem solving: the value of system analysis; Found Rev; 2013; 5:105-120
Easterling D;  Getting to collective impact: how funders can contribute over the life course of the work; Found Rev; 2013; 5:
Easterling D;Sampson H;Probst B;  Speak Your Peace: A Communications Strategy for Changing Community Culture; Found Rev; 2013; 1:28-44
Nageswaran S;Ip EH;Golden SL;O'Shea TM;Easterling D;  Inter-agency collaboration in the care of children with complex chronic conditions; Acad Pediatr ; 2012 May; 12:189-197
Paulik E;Maroti-Nagy A;Nagymajtenyi L;Rogers T;Easterling D;  Support for population level tobacco control policies in Hungary; Cent Eur J Public Health; 2012 Mar; 20:75-80
Johnson AJ;Easterling D;Nelson R;Chen MY;Frankel RM;  Access to radiologic reports via a patient portal: clinical simulations to investigate patient preferences; J Am Coll Radiol ; 2012 Apr; 9:256-263
Easterling D;  Scaling Up Civic Leadership Combining Individual-Level Change and Culture Change; Natl Civ Rev; 2012 Winter; 51-64
Easterling D;Milleson J;  Diversifying Civic Leadership What it Takes to Move from 'New Faces' to Adaptive Problem Solving; Natl Civ Rev; 2012 Summer; 20-26
Easterling D;  Building the Capacity of Networks to Achieve Systems Change; Found Rev; 2012; 4:59-71
Ip EH;Wolfson M;Easterling D;Wagoner K;Blocker J;Egan K;Rahmandad H;Chen SH;  Agent-based modeling of College Drinking Behavior and mapping of system dynamics of alcohol reduction using both environmental and individual-based intervention strategies; Proceedings of the System Dynamic Conference, July 2012, St Gallen, Switzerland ; 2012; 52-

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