Leslie Carnahan, MPH

Research Associate II

Contact: 312-355-3880 | lcarna2@uic.edu

Leslie Carnahan, MPH is a Research Associate at the Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Leslie received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences, with concentrations in Global Health and Community-Based Research Methods from UIC in 2012. Currently, she is involved with a variety of research and evaluation projects focused on women’s health, both domestic and abroad. These projects include community-based interventions aimed at improving cardiovascular health in women and their families in rural communities, a statewide cardiovascular risk reduction intervention disseminated in clinical settings, and multilevel interventions to reduce postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings. Ms. Carnahan also provides services to the UIC community as the elected student representative of the UIC School of Public Health’s (SPH) Executive Committee. She also facilitates the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women’s Reading and Discussion (WoRD) book club. She is a PhD Candidate in Community Health Sciences at the UIC SPH.

Prior to her work at the CRWG, she coordinated a case management program for high-risk cervical cancer patients and assisted with quality and performance improvement at a federally qualified health center in Chicago. She is particularly interested in and committed to working in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, reducing maternal deaths in low-resource settings, and improving chronic disease risk profiles of women and their communities.


Original Research (Peer-Reviewed)

Molina Y, Zimmermann K, Carnahan LR, Paulsey E, Bigman CA, Khare MM, Zahnd W, Jenkins W. (2017). Rural women’s perceptions about cancer disparities and contributing factors: A call to communication. Journal of Cancer Education.

Carnahan LR, Zimmermann K, Peacock NR. What rural women want the public health community to know about access to healthful food: A qualitative study, 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016;13(E57).

Carnahan LR, Geller SE, Leshabari S, Sangu W, Hanselman B, Patil. CL. Healthcare providers’ knowledge and practices associated with postpartum hemorrhage during dacility delivery in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2016;135(3):268-271.

Zimmermann K, Carnahan LR, Peacock NR. Age-associated perceptions of physical activity among women in rural southernmost Illinois. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016;13(E138).

Zimmermann K, Carnahan LR, Paulsey E, Molina Y. Health care eligibility and availability and health care reform: Are we addressing rural women’s barriers to accessing care? Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. 2016;27(4):204-219.

Robinson N, Kapungu C, Carnahan LR, Geller S. Translating Research into Policy and Practice: Recommendations for Scale-Up of Community Based Misoprostol Distribution Programs. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2014;125(3):285-288.

Geller S, Carnahan LR, Agyemang R, Akosah E, Asare G, Dickson R, Kapungu C, Owusu-Ansah L, Robinson N, Mensah-Homiah J. Community-based distribution of misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage at home births in rural Ghana. BJOG. 2014;121(3):319-326.

Kapungu C, Mensah-Homiah J, Akosah E, Asare G, Carnahan LR, Frimpong M, Mensah-Bonsu P, Ohemeng-Daapah S, Owusu-Ansah L, Geller S, for the Ghana PPH Study Group. A community-based continuum of care model for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in rural Ghana. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 2012;120(2):156-159.