Heatherlun Uphold PhotoPublic Health Focus/Interests:

Dr. Uphold joined MSU in 2018. Her work centers on improving the translation of evidence-based practices to non-academic audiences specifically through the use of trusted and credible messengers. She has roughly 20 years of experience in a myriad of roles in research and community-based organization settings. Prior to beginning her career in research with Wayne State University, she worked for various nonprofit organizations and school systems in the Flint, Michigan area. This provided her with a keen understanding of the challenges faced by community organizations particularly those in under-resourced communities.   





Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Evaluation, and Research, 2016
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Master of Business Adminstration-Leadership, 2001
Central Michigan University, Flint, MI

Bachelor of Business Administration, 2000
Ferris State University, Flint, MI


Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 854: Health Equity in Public Health


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Dissemination and Implementation Science

Community-engaged Research


Professional Activities or Current Research:

Principal Investigator: National Network to Innovate for COVID-19 and Adult Vaccine Equity (1 NU21IP000595-01-00)

Principal Investigator: Flint and Genesee County Health Equity Report Card


Recent Publications, Presentations:

Uphold, H., Drahota, A., Bustos, T., Crawford, M. K., Buchalski, Z. (2022). “There’s no money in community dissemination”: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Researcher Dissemination-As-Usual. Journal of clinical and translational science, 6(1), e105.

Khalil, C., Berdahl, C., Simon, K., Uphold, H., Ghandehari, S., Durra, O., Glenn III, C., Kim, L., Yumal, R., Milam, A. (2022). Experiences and Perspectives on Stressors and Organizational Strategies to Bolster Resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic: A Qualitative Study of Health Care Workers at a Tertiary Medical Center. In press: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 64(12), 1013-1017.

Ellington, R., Barajas, C.B, C., Drahota, A., Meghea, C., Uphold, H., Scott, J.B, Lewis, E.Y.*, Furr-Holden, C.D. (2022). An Evaluation Framework of a Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Equity Research. American Journal of Evaluation, 43(3), 357-377.