- Primary Discipline:
- Behavioral Science/Health Education/Health Promotion Faculty Web page
- education, health behavior, disparities, social determinants of health, socioeconomic status, mental & behavioral health, Blacks or African Americans, racial & ethnic minorities
Dr. Purnell is interested in health disparities and social determinants of health broadly, with a specific focus on how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors influence health behaviors and strategies for mobilizing communities to address social determinants of health through programs and policies.
Dr. Purnell leads the For the Sake of All project, which is focused on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis using a social determinants lens. He is particularly interested in pairing financial interventions with evidence-based health behavior change strategies, and intervening within school settings to influence health and educational outcomes. For the Sake of All is also concerned with both effective communication and dissemination as well as influencing community and policy stakeholders to enact recommended changes at the local and state levels.