Eileen B. O’Keefe, MD, MPH

Eileen B. O’Keefe, MD, MPH

Clinical Professor of Health Sciences
MB BCh (MD) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
American Academy of Pediatrics (Board Certified)
MPH University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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India Research & Outreach Initiative
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Courses Taught

  • SAR HS210 Introduction to Critical Inquiry
    So you have an idea for that term paper, now where to start? This course will teach you a successful strategy to select the best database for your research, whether that is PubMed or PsyInfo or maybe even Google Scholar. Save your selected articles and write notes on these articles in Ref Works. Learn to save time and think critically about the material you retrieve.
  • SAR HS470 Topics in Public Health (Senior Seminar Course)
    Visit a health clinic for homeless persons in Boston. Participate with Massachusetts policy makers in a forum on health interventions to reduce school dropout rates. In this small group class, we explore emerging public health issues through site visits, case study and through the current medical literature. Examples of topics in this semester’s course include; homelessness and health, HIV/AIDS, new vaccines such as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.Visit some of our sites at:
    Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

    Massachusetts Coalition for School Based Health Centers
    Boston Living Center

Scholarly and Research Interests

Access to health care; optimization of currently available health services through improved coordination among service organizations

Dr. O’Keefe’s area of research interest is optimization of health care systems to improve access to health care for all community members. As a practicing physician, she experienced the health care systems of the United States and Canada. Since her transition to public health practice in the 1990s, she has worked with communities to assess the health status of their populations, and identify barriers to care. This includes working with hospitals, public health departments, non profit advocacy groups, and community members. Her current projects include working with The Massachusetts Coalition for School Based Health Centers to assess the potential role of the health care community, particularly school based health centers, to reduce high school drop out rates in Massachusetts. Another area of research involves working with a multidisciplinary national team to assess the current standard of coordination of care for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Health Assessment/Planning Projects

  • Hartford’s School-Based Asthma Project, Hartford Health Dept.
  • (2002-2003)
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Healthy Adolescent Sexuality,
  • East Hartford Dept. of Public Health (June 2002)
  • Hartford Health Survey 2000 (1999-2000)*
  • Hartford Homeless Health Survey 2000 (1999-2000)*
  • Hartford’s Community Health Profile (2000)*
  • City of Hartford’s HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report (2001)*
  • Connecticut’s Oral Health 0-3 years Survey and Screening. Survey Design (2001).
  • Hartford Homeless Health Survey 2002 (Design and funding)
  • Hartford’s Immigrant/Refugee Health Survey (Design and funding)

*Report available on line at http://www.hchp.org/hchpHealthData.htm