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Julie Gleason-Comstock, Ph.D., MCHES
Assistant Professor, Full-time
Population Health Sciences
(313) 577-9143

Dr. Gleason-Comstock is a public health researcher and educator with joint appointments in the Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Center for Urban Studies. Dr. Gleason is a Master Certified Public Health Education Specialist (MCHES), teaches Community Health Education in the WSU Masters of Public Health program, and advises and mentors graduate and medical students. She has served on WSU doctoral dissertation committees in the School of Nursing/Nurse Advanced Practice, College of Education/Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations, and the Department of Communications. Her focus is translational research and community health engagement. She is currently Principal Investigator for Achieving Blood Pressure Control Through Enhanced Discharge (AchieveBP), a behavioral patient education randomized control trial (RCT) and Reducing Heart Disease in Detroit (Detroit HeartBeat), a community-based outreach and risk reduction intervention and evaluation.  Dr. Gleason-Comstock teaches FPH 7760 Community Health Education.


Randomized Control Trials (RCT)

Gleason-Comstock J (PI); Levy P, Streater A, Goodman A, Janisse J
Enhancing Blood Pressure Control Through Enhanced Discharge (AchieveBP) RCT behavioral patient education prevention efficacy study with WSU Department of Emergency Medicine/Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Investigator Initiated Award 1956.11
Direct Costs: $74,890 08/2013 – 01/2016

Gleason-Comstock, J (PI), Artinian, N (Co-PI), Jen, C, (Co-PI)
Eating for Heart Health (E4H^2): A Kiosk-Based Public Health Education and Primary Care Feasibility Study
RCT interdisciplinary behavioral heart health research in collaboration with Center for Urban Studies, Department of Nutrition & Food Science and School of Nursing
Source: Wayne State University (WSU) Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) – Isis Award
Direct total Costs: $21,696 10/2010 – 12/2011

Active National Grants and Contracts

Gleason-Comstock J, ( PI ), Streater A.
Reducing Heart Disease in Detroit: A Community Outreach Approach
Heart health education community-based outreach and risk reduction intervention and evaluation.
Source: Detroit Medical Center Foundation.
Direct Costs: $99,173 12/14 – 06/2017

Gleason-Comstock, J, (Evaluation PI), Streater, A.
Evaluation of Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program Source: WSU Dept of OB/Gyn National Institute for Child and Maternal Health (NICHD) K12 grant. Chaur-Dong Hsu, MD, NICHD PI.
Direct Costs: $3,000 7/16-6/2017

Levy P, PI, Gleason-Comstock J (Co-I)
Screening for Chronic Hepatitis C in the Emergency Department: Risk Assessment, Referral and Clinical Follow-Up
Determine effectiveness of HCV testing in a Detroit Emergency Department (ED) and ED-based HCV linkage to care model to provide model of transitioning from dedicated testing to an integrated screening model for HCV.
Source: Gilead Pharmaceuticals FOCUS Grant
Total Direct Costs: $388,152 1/2016-12/2016

Streater A, (Evaluation PI), Gleason-Comstock J (Co-PI)
Evaluation of Seeking Safety
Evaluation of urban mental health and substance use prevention intervention through formative and summative evaluation.
Source: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) and Community Health Awareness Group, Inc. (CHAG)
Total Direct Costs: $71,250 10/15-9/2018


Dr. Gleason-Comstock's publications and current grants coming soon.

Education Training

Courses Taught over the Last 2 Years

FPH 7760 Community Health Education

WSU Dept of Physician Assistant Studies, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 10th Annual Lecture: PAS 7070: “Health Promotion & Disease Prevention” instruction for professional students

FPH 7230
“Art & Science of Evaluation in Public Health Communities” instruction for graduate students


Doctor of Philosophy, Community Education, 1983
University of Minnesota, College of Education
Department of Educational Policy and Administration

Master of Arts, Community Education, 1979
University of Minnesota, College of Education
Department of Educational Policy and Education

Master of Education, Therapeutic Recreation, 1975
University of Minnesota, College of Education
Department of Leisure Education and Recreation

Bachelor of Science, Art History and Dance, 1972
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
University College