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Elizabeth Calhoun, Ph.D., MEd

Professor, Population Health

Professional Background

Dr. Calhoun is the Associate Dean of Population Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is also a Professor in the Department of Population Health. Dr. Calhoun served as Director of the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Disparities (CEED) funded by National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities and was the Co- Director for UIC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities funded by National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the led the largest clinical trial to test the efficacy of a patient navigation program on improving compliance with cancer care in the largest network of federally qualified health centers in the country. Dr. Calhoun’s expertise is in clinical/health services and implementation science research as well as community-based research among diverse communities. Dr. Calhoun is a leader of the American Cancer Society Patient Navigation Roundtable, advocating for patient navigators integration into the health system. Dr. Calhoun’s has an extensive background in developing and implementing clinical and health services research trials, administering center grants, leading and participating in collaborative research endeavors, developing and conducting outreach to underserved populations, conducting system change research and a long history of mentorship.

Education and Training
  • BS, Economics and Management/Psychology, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Other, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BS, Economics and Management/Psychology, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
  • PhD, Health Administration, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Professional Affiliations
  • American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society Navigation Roundtable, Chair, 2018 - Present
  • Health Disparities Subcommittee, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, Member, 2010 - Present



Dr. Calhoun is an experienced health services researcher with expertise in health disparities. She was a member of the Commission on Cancer standards committee that requires community assessment and patient navigation services for Commission on Cancer accreditation. She led the Illinois training for navigators and certified application counselors and evaluation for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois from 2013-2016. More recently, she was an editor of a book entitled “Patient Navigation- Overcoming Barriers to Care,” which offers a practical guide to creating, implementing and evaluating successful navigation programs.

Dr. Calhoun’s expertise is in clinical/health services and implementation science research as well as community-based research among diverse communities. She has a long history of also working within a wide array of healthcare institutions conducting studies to improve the health of the populations they serve.

  • Calhoun, Elizabeth., A., Risendal, Betsy., C.. 2018. Patient Navigation Overcoming Bariers to Care, 81-97.
  • Breathett, K., K, Xu, H, Sweitzer, N., K, Calhoun, E, Matsouaka, R., A, Yancy, C., W, Fonarow, G., C, DeVore, A., D, Bhatt, D., L, Peterson, P., N. 2022. Is the affordable care act medicaid expansion associated with receipt of heart failure guideline-directed medical therapy by race and ethnicity?. American heart journal, 244, 135-148
  • Wells, K., J, Dwyer, A., J, Calhoun, E, Valverde, P., A. 2021. Community health workers and non-clinical patient navigators: A critical COVID-19 pandemic workforce.. Preventive medicine, 146, 106464
  • Solola, S, Luy, L, Herrera-Theut, K, Zabala, L, Torabzadeh, E, Bedrick, E., J, Yee, E, Larsen, A, Stone, J, McEwen, M, Calhoun, E, Crist, J., D, Hebdon, M, Pool, N, Carnes, M, Sweitzer, N, Breathett, K. 2021. Race and Gender-Based Perceptions of Older Adults: Will the Youth Lead the Way?. Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities, 8 (6), 1415-1423
  • Li , H, Baldwin, E, Zhang, X, Kenost, C, Luo, W, Calhoun, E., A, An, L, Bennett, C., L, Lussier, Y., A. 2021. Comparison and impact of COVID-19 for patients with cancer: a survival analysis of fatality rate controlling for age, sex and cancer type.. BMJ health & care informatics, 28 (1)