Skip to main content
School of Public Health
block W logo University of Washington

Clarence Spigner

Our earth is but a small star in the great universe. Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a planet unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color, or theory

(Prayer read by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the United Nations, June 14, 1942).
Professor, Health Services
Adjunct Professor, American Ethnic Studies
Adjunct Professor, Global Health


Education

DrPH   University of California (Berkeley), 1987   (Behavioral Science)
MPH   University of California (Berkeley), 1982   (Behavioral Science)
AB   University of California (Berkeley), 1979   (Sociology)

Contact Info

email:   cspigner@uw.edu

office:   H-690D, Health Sciences Building

address:
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-7660

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-616-2948

About

Clarence Spigner serves as Director of the MPH and MS Programs in Health Services. Spigner's teaching and research interests are in the health of disadvantage populations, race & ethnic relations, and the intersections of popular culture's influence. His primary and critical focus is in community based research and the inherent contradictions of race, gender, and structural inequalities within institutions of health and medicine. His research/publications include, but are not limited to; tobacco-related behavior, organ donation & transplantation, stress and coping strategies, and intra-ethnic tensions. He and wife Jennifer, daughter Surita, and son Ravi live in Seattle.


Tobacco-related behavior; racism as a stressor; social construction of 'race' vis-a-vis biological reductionism in health research and behavior; knowledge and opinions about organ donation among ethnic groups; program evaluation; popular culture


Hagopian A, West KM, Ornelas IJ, Hart AN, Hagedorn J, Spigner C. Adopting an Anti-Racism Public Health Curriculum Competency: The University of Washington Experience. Public Health Rep. 2018 Jan 1:33354918774791. doi: 10.1177/0033354918774791. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29847749    PMCID: PMC6055294
PubMed
 
PubMed Central
 
DOI
 


Sanon MA, Spigner C, McCullagh MC. Transnationalism and Hypertension Self-Management Among Haitian Immigrants. J Transcult Nurs. 2016 Mar;27(2):147-56. doi: 10.1177/1043659614543476.  PMID: 25062700
PubMed
 
DOI
 


Kimura A, Sin MK, Spigner C, Tran A, Tu SP. Barriers and facilitators to colorectal cancer screening in Vietnamese Americans: a qualitative analysis. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Dec;29(4):728-34. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0646-6.  PMID: 24756545    PMCID: PMC4334440
PubMed
 
PubMed Central
 
DOI
 


Cerimele JM, Halperin AC, Spigner C, Ratzliff A, Katon WJ. Collaborative care psychiatrists' views on treating bipolar disorder in primary care: a qualitative study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Nov-Dec;36(6):575-80. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2014.07.013.  PMID: 25174762    PMCID: PMC4253651
PubMed
 
PubMed Central
 
DOI
 


Lyles CR, Karter AJ, Young BA, Spigner C, Grembowski D, Schillinger D, Adler N. Provider factors and patient-reported healthcare discrimination in the Diabetes Study of California (DISTANCE). Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Dec;85(3):e216-24. Epub 2011 May 24.  PMID: 21605956    PMCID: PMC3178668
PubMed
 
PubMed Central
 
DOI
 


2018
Chair, capstone for Elaine Albertson
Geographic access to behavioral health services after reentry from the Washington State juvenile justice system

2017
Member, thesis committee for Muhammad Alsayid
Barriers to and Facilitators of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Arab Americans: A Qualitative Study

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Nicole Davis Weaver
Barriers to Reporting Sexual Harassment and Violence for Migrant Women in Agriculture: Power dynamics, systemic subjugation and the intersection of poverty and vulnerability

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Bert Kaempfe
Relationship between the family and community health care model in the Chilean public primary care, and patients' satisfaction on how they were treated in 2015; A nationwide study

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Shih-Yin Lin
Process Evaluation of a Dementia-Friendly Communities Workshop

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Kelsey McGuire
Homeless High Users of the Emergency Department: Understanding the Relationship Between Life Stress and Emergency Department Use

2017
Member, thesis committee for Kristin Nash
Sexual and reproductive health information in Mulanje District, Malawi: Exploring perceptions of adolescent girls, their mothers and initiators

2017
Member, thesis committee for Farah Sahoo
Determinants of HPV Vaccination Uptake Among Adolescent Males in Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers in the Seattle Area

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Kathleen Salisbury
Medical provider perceptions of breastfeeding women who use recreational marijuana

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Lane Shish
Health Care Practitioners' Perceptions of a North Seattle Free Health Care Clinic

2017
Chair, capstone for Zachary Williams
Project to diversity EMS workforce in Seattle/King County

2016
Chair, thesis committee for Jooree Ahn
Engaging parents in child welfare: Meeting basic needs in supervised visitation

2016
Chair, capstone for Aisha Al Khinji
Development of an adherence pathway for Chronic Phase-Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CP-CML) patients: from adherence assessment to innovative interventions

2016
Chair, thesis committee for Daniel Gagnon
Partnering with Seattle parents to promote high school graduation: An evidence-based program evaluation

2016
Chair, thesis committee for Hemalatha Murugan
Primary care provider approaches and perceptions to preventive health delivery: A qualitative study

2015
Chair, capstone for Stephen Chang
Success and efficiency of the Medicaid electronic health care record (EHR) incentive program".

2015
Chair, thesis committee for Kathryn Defilippo
Parental needs in Skagit County

2015
Chair, thesis committee for Christian Dimaano
Effect of teaching "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" on student beliefs of health care, medical ethics, and health disparities

2015
Chair, thesis committee for Khalid Jaboori
Assessing barriers in surveillance colonoscopy in individuals with pathological findings

2015
Chair, capstone for Kelly Lenart
Best practices and attributes of a short-term, medical-training volunteer program for preventing host countries from receiving negative consequences as a result of poorly equipped volunteers: a qualitative study

2015
Chair, thesis committee for Crystal Snare
Body mass index and neighborhood socioeconomic status in Washington State

2014
Chair, capstone for Fatimit Janmohamed
Project implementation manual for the Hutchinson Centre Research Institute-Uganda (HCRI-UG)

2014
Chair, thesis committee for Michelle Karuna
Quality of life of new parents participating in a community-based, professionally-facilitated new parent support group

2014
Chair, thesis committee for Anna McConnell
Mental health and substance use disorder outcomes across socio-demographic subgroups among a King County Jail alternative program

2014
Member, capstone for Amber Pouley
Interventions for child witnesses of domestic violence

Community-Based Evaluation of APOL1 Genetic Testing in African Americans
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
PI:   Mielcarek           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017

Community-Based Evaluation of APOL1 Genetic Testing in African Americans
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Mielcarek           Dates:    7/1/2015 - 6/30/2018

Impact of race-related Stress and Coping Patterns on Heart Disease

This project employs basically qualitative approaches to assess how African Americans who are already diagnosed with hypertension cope with the disease. In part, a bibliographic analysis of hypertension studies is underway under the informal hypothesis that how health providers/research view hypertension or high blood pressure can reflect how people with the disease are treated.


Process Evaluation of Community-based Approaches to Washington's Statewide Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

This comprehensive research and service program employs a community-based participatory approach in developing tobacco-related control and prevention strategies statewide. Priority groups, or communities, such as African Americans, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanic, Native Americans, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered), and low income whites. These groups operate in collaborative partnership with the State Department of Health and the Cross Cultural Health Care Program in formulating capacity building programs with built-in evaluative components to prevent and control tobacco-related behaviors.


Perceptions and Knowledge about Organ Donation Among African Americans and Asian Americans in Seattle, Washington

This community based research project is in collaboration with the Hope Heart Institute and employs qualitative and quantitative approaches to discerning opinions about the organ donation and tissue transplantation process among racial minority groups in Seattle.


Tobacco Cessation Among Asian American Men

In partnership with the International Community Health Services Clinic, this community-based research and evaluation project is designed to measure the efficacy of a clinic-based and culturally-specific tobacco cessation program that employs the Stages of Change Model (the Transtheoretical Model) of behavioral readiness.


Course Development: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Issues in Public Health

In collaboration with selected students and faculty within and external to the School of Public Health, developing a comprehensive course (or courses) that will address the historical, social, political, and epidemiological dimensions of LGBT issues in health.


Course Development: Race, Popular Film Imagery, and the Public's Health

In the process of developing freshman seminar courses which use images from popular film to help explain constructs and concepts of socio-political behavior and the relationship to public expectations health behavior.