Henry (Shelton) Brown, III, PhD

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Associate Professor, Management, Policy & Community Health

The focus of Dr. Brown’s research has been in three areas of health economics: health insurance, diabetes, and childhood obesity. In the area of the productivity costs of diabetes, he has included family history of diabetes, which is a proxy for genetic information, in econometric models of diabetes?related labor costs. In the area of childhood obesity, he has assessed the cost?effectiveness of CATCH, a Coordinated Approach To Child Health school?based intervention program which aims to reduce childhood obesity, among other health goals.

Research Interests – Effects of and demand for health insurance; immigrants and minority groups; economic evaluation of public health interventions; productivity costs of chronic illness.

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Current Projects

STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools)

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The STREETS Study (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) is a five-year (2018 – 2023) natural experiment that is evaluating the City of Austin Safe Routes to School program.

HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living)

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This project is a clinic-community based intervention to implement an early life-cycle approach to obesity prevention among pregnant women and women with infants from low-income families.

Recent Publications

Are Hospital Workers Healthy? A Study of Cardiometabolic, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Factors Associated With Obesity Among Hospital Workers

(Sharma SV, Upadhyaya M, Karhade M, Baun WB, Perkison WB, Pompeii LA, Brown HS, Hoelscher DM; J Occup Environ Med.; 2016)

Cardiometabolic Risk Factors among Children and Adolescents with Severe Obesity in the United States, 1999-2012

(Li L, Pérez A, Wu LT, Ranjit N, Brown HS, Kelder SH; Child Obes.; 2016)

Cost-effectiveness of a community-based weight control intervention targeting a low-socioeconomic-status Mexican-origin population

(Wilson, K, Brown HS, Bastida E; Health Promotion Practice, 2015)

Cross-gender Social Normative Effects for Violence in Middle School: Do Girls Carry a Social Multiplier Effect for At-risk Boys?

(Yarnell LM, Pasch KE, Brown HS 3rd, Perry CL, Komro KA; Journal of Youth and Adolescence; 2014)

The price of access: Capitalization of neighborhood contextual factors and obesity

(Brown HS, Yarnell LM; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2013)