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Graduate Student

Email: rachel_wilbur at


Office: Alumni Hall 410B

Bio of research interest:

Rachel is a fifth year doctoral candidate interested in the impact of social determinants of health, historical, and intergenerational trauma and resilience on contemporary health among Native American and Alaska Native peoples. Her dissertation research seeks to elucidate and document the pathways through which a family history of Federal Indian Boarding School attendance may continue to impact the physical health and wellbeing of future generations.



Wilbur, Rachel E., Danielle R. Gartner, Meredith McCoy. The Racialization of Native Americans: Pitfalls, Perils, and Rationales in Public Health. (2020). (in progress)

Martinez, Rae A., Nafeesa Andrabi, Andrea N. Goodwin, Rachel E. Wilbur, Natalie R. Smith, Paul N. Zivich, Allison E. Aiello, Robert A. Hummer. (2020). A systematic review of the use of race and ethnicity in U.S. medical research. Journal of the American Medical Association (Under Review)

Dennis, Alexis C., Esther Chung, Evans Lodge, Rae Anne Martinez, Rachel E. Wilbur. (2020). Looking back to leap forward: a framework for operationalizing the structural racism construct in minority and immigrant health research. Ethnicity & Disease (Under Review)

Wilbur, Rachel E., Danielle R. Gartner. (2019). Addressing Historical Trauma Among Native American and Alaska Natives: The Ethics of Making Space for Multiple Narratives in Public Health Research and Practice, In Center For Disease Control and Prevention: The Value of Stories: Narrative Ethics In Public Health (accepted, due for publication December 2020)

Smith, Natalie R., Nafeesa Andrabi, Andrea N. Goodwin, Rae Anne Martinez, Rachel E. Wilbur, Paul N. Zivich. Beyond the boxes: recommendations for thoughtfully measuring and interpreting race in population health research. A Blog Series through the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science.

Ellis, Clyde, Danielle Gartner, Meredith McCoy, & Rachel Wilbur. (2019). Trigger Points: Current State of Research on History, Impacts, and Healing Related to the United States’ Indian Industrial/Boarding School Policy. A report for the Native American Rights Fund. Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Wilbur, Rachel E., Jacob S. Griffin., Mark Sorensen, Robert D. Furberg. (2018). Establishing digital biomarkers for occupational health assessment in commercial salmon fishermen: a mixed-methods study design. JMIR Res Protoc. 7(12):e10215. doi: 10.2196/10215.

Wilbur, Rachel, Steven Corbett, Jeanne Drisko. (2016). Tuberculosis Morbidity at Haskell Institute, a Native American Youth Boarding School, 1910-1940: Impacts of Historical and Existing Social Determinants of Health. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 41(1): 35-40.

Wilbur, Rachel, Anna Stein, Elena Pinzon, Osub Ahmed, Obie McNair, Kurt Ribisl. (2015). Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing Policy: Caretakers’ Perspectives on Economic and Personal Impacts. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12(7):8092-8102.

Buchbinder, Mara, Rachel Wilbur, Samuel McLean, and Betsy Sleath. (2015). “Is There Any Way I Can Get Something For My Pain?” Patient Strategies for Requesting Analgesics. Patient Education and Counseling 98(2):137-143.

Buchbinder, Mara, Rachel Wilbur, Diana Zuskov, Samuel, McLean, and Betsy Sleath. (2014). Teachable Moments and Missed Opportunities for Smoking Cessation Counseling in a Hospital Emergency Department: A Mixed-Methods Study of Patient Provider Communication. BMC Health Services Research 14(1): 651

Schrotz-King, P., Dolp, K., Paskow, M., Buck, K., Abbenhardt, C., Staffa, J., Tosic, S., Widmer, V.,  Scherer, D., Habermann, N., Vickers, K., Wilbur, R.E., Hoffmeister, M., Chang-Claude, J.,

Brenner, H., Ulrich, C.M. (2012). Abstract 81: Dietary supplement use among German colorectal cancer patients: The ColoCare Study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 21(11)_supplement pg. 81.

Education background:

BA/BS University of Washington, 2011

MPH University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (in progress)