Ph.D., MPH, RN, CPNP, PC

Associate Professor and Public Health Program Director
amy.buckenmeyer@valpo.edu

Biography

Professor Buckenmeyer teaches in the undergraduate and master’s programs in public health and nursing as well as the doctor of nursing practice program. Her areas of expertise are global health and public health, with an emphasis in maternal child health and school health. She is certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care. She is currently practicing in the role of public health consultant in Northwest Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Central America. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and Delta Omega. She has authored chapters in the Encyclopedia of Family Health, Caring for our Children, and School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text. She co-edited the Encyclopedia of School Health. Her research interests are in primary health care for children and families in developing countries and with vulnerable populations in the United States. In rural Nicaragua, Professor Buckenmeyer has been working on a community-based participatory research project to mitigate indoor air pollution through the implementation of improved cookstoves. In Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan, she is working on public health issues related to access to health care, food security, and affordable housing. Professor Buckenmeyer is passionate about achieving health equity in the United States and abroad.

Education

  • Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Chicago 2007
  • MPH – The George Washington University 2015
  • MSN – Marquette University 1999
  • BSN – Indiana University 1994

Certifications

  • Certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • Certified as a Child Care Health Consultant by Indiana Child Care Health Consultant Program
  • Primary Care

Areas of Specialization

  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Global Health

Research Interests

Community-Based Participatory Action Research

Community-based participatory action research is a collaborative method to the research process that involves developing a research study with community partners. Academic researchers engage community partners in the following phases of the research process: partnership, assessment, planning, implementation/action, evaluation, and dissemination. The goal of the research process is to recognize and build upon the strengths and existing resources in the community to improve health equity.

Cookstove Research

Cookstove research aims to improve health outcomes, particularly of women and children, by reducing exposure to black carbon emissions from indoor wood burning stoves in developing countries.

Current Research

Beyond the Volcanoes

A Community Partnership for Health in Rural Nicaragua Health inequities related to gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geography exist in rural Nicaragua. The purpose of this ongoing research study is to improve health equity in rural Nicaragua through social transformation using community-based participatory action research. Community-based participatory action research involves six phases: partnership, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination. Thirteen key informant interviews were completed in the partnership phase. Seventy-seven community members completed a health survey in the assessment phase. Community members identified respiratory illnesses as their primary health concern: They described poor air quality as a potential cause for their health concern. Health-related goals included improving air quality. Using currently available community health resources, educational interventions and community action were cited as the primary action plans to reach the community’s health-related goals. To date, over 100 improved cookstoves have been built in the community. Community members report improved health outcomes related to respiratory health, eye irritation, and headaches.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health
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