Anne Dressel

Anne Dressel, PhD, CFPH, MLIS, MA

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Center for Global Health Equity

Anne is an Assistant Professor, who serves as Director of the Center for Global Health Equity. She also serves as Project Director of the Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment.


CFPH Public Health University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD Urban Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
MLIS Library & Information Science University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
MA English University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
BA Comparative Literature University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Awards & Honors

Faculty Advisor of the Year Award (2014) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Community-Engaged Faculty of the Year Award
(2013) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Intellectual Contributions

Hawkins, M. M., Dressel, A., Kendall, N., Wendland, C., Hawkins, S., Walker, K., Mkandawire, E., Kirungi, J., Kako, P., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022). The changing dynamics of community care and support in rural Malawi: The impact on women's health and wellbeing at end of life. Social Science and Medicine, 301, 114934. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114934

Schmitt, M., Dressel, A., Del Carmen Graf, M., Pittman, B., Deal, E., Krueger, E., Lopez, A. A., Kako, P., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022). Adverse childhood experiences among previously homeless African American women. Public Health Nursing, 39(2), 446-455. doi:10.1111/phn.12970

Graf, M. D. C., Dressel, A., Schmitt, M., Deal, E., Pittman, B., Lopez, A., Kako, P., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022). 'I was broken in so many different ways': The intersection of complex factors impacting homeless and at-risk African American women's mental health and well-being. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 31(1), 167-178. doi:10.1111/inm.12946

Schattman, R. E., Zack, R. M., Acciai, F., Allegro, D., Belarmino, E. H., Bertmann, F., Biehl, E., Birk, N., Bishop-Royse, J., Bozlak, C., Bradley, B., Brenton, B. P., Buszkiewicz, J. . . . Cho, Y. . . Dressel, A., . . . Harley, A.. . . Laestadius, L. . . . Yerxa, K. (2021). A multi-site analysis of the prevalence of food insecurity in the United States, before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Current Developments in Nutrition, 5(12), nzab135. doi:10.1093/cdn/nzab135

Larkoh, A. H. L., Dressel, A., & Riebe, K.. (2021). Inviting women to the table: Addressing food security in Sierra Leone Development in Practice, 31(8), 971-976. doi:

Ruiz, A. M., Luebke, J., Klein, K., Moore, K., Gonzalez, M., Dressel, A., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). An integrative literature review and critical reflection of intersectionality theory. Nursing Inquiry, 28(4), e12414. doi:10.1111/nin.12414

Ndakuya-Fitzgerlad, F., Kako, P. M., & Dressel, A. E. (2021). The built environment and perceived HIV risk among young women living in the peri-urban slum of Kibra, Nairobi, Kenya. Health and Place, 72, 102709. doi:

Luebke, J., Hawkins, M., Lucchesi, A., Klein, K., Weitzel, J., Deal, E., Ruiz, A., Dressel, A., & Mkandawire-Vahlmu, L. (2021). The utility of postcolonial and indigenous feminist frameworks in guiding nursing research and practice about intimate partner violence in the lives of American Indian women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 32(6), 639-646. doi:10.1177/1043659621992602

Hawkins, M., Hennessy Garza, R., Xiong, M., Florez-Garcia, V., Nikravan, S., Wang, Y., Dressel, A., & Lee, E. (2021). Asthma risk among Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2013-2017. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 11(2), 173-186. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v11i02/173-186

Dressel, A., Mkandawire, E., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Dyke, E., Bisai, C., Kantayeni, H., Kako, P., & Ochoa-Nordstrum, B. (2021). A black dog enters the home: Hunger and malnutrition in Malawi. Medical Humanities, 47(3), e8. doi:10.1136/medhum-2020-012130

Dressel, A., Mkandawire, E., & Mkandawire-Vahlmu, L. (2021). Traditional proverbs help us understand hunger and malnutrition in Malawi [Medical Humanities Blog post].  Retrieved from

Kako, P. M., Ngui, E., Kako, T., Ndakuya-Fitzgerald, F., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Dressel, A., Kiplagat, A. E., & Egede, L. E. (2021). Sustaining peer support groups: Insights from women living with HIV in Kenya Public Health Nursing, 38(4), 588-595. doi:10.1111/phn.12879

Dressel, A., Bell-Calvin, J., Lee, E., Hermanns, L., Anderko, L., Swaney, V., Steinberg, J., Hawkins, M., & Yeldell, S. (2021). Sustaining a nurse-led community partnership to promote environmental justice. Public Health Nursing, 38(2), 136-140. doi:10.1111/phn.12820

Hawkins, M. M., Schmitt, M. E., Adebayo, C. T., Weitzel, J., Olukotun, O., Christensen, A. M., Ruiz, A. M., Gilman, K., Quigley, K., Dressel, A., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2021). Promoting the health of refugee women: A scoping literature review incorporating the social ecological model. International Journal for Equity in Health, 20(1), 45. doi:10.1186/s12939-021-01387-5

Riebe, K. & Dressel, A. (2021). The impact on food security of a shrinking Lake Chad. Journal of Arid Environments, 189(104486). doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2021.104486.

Olukotun, O., Kako, Peninnah, Dressel, Anne, and Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy. “A qualitative exploration of the experiences of undocumented African immigrant women in the health care delivery system.” Nursing Outlook.

Jun, Myunghee, Kim, Hyekyung, Dressel, Anne, Cho, Hearyun, Kim, HackSun, and Vandenhouten, Christine. “The impact of U. S. Army nurses on the development of the nursing profession in South Korea.” Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Adebayo, Comfort T., Shaw, L., Olukotun, O. V., Ibekewe, C. E., Ruiz, A. M., Dressel, Anne, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, and Sahlstein Parcell, Erin M. “Challenges of the Black Community in Accessing Healthcare in the US.” Advances in Nursing Science.

Kako, Peninnah, Kibicho, Jennifer, Dressel, Anne, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, and Ngui, Emmanuel. “'It is hard to swallow them without eating.' Antiretroviral Adherence Challenges Among Women Living with HIV in Kenya.” Advances in Nursing Science (Data-based manuscript).

Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Weitzel, J., Dressel, Anne, Neiman, T., Hafez, S., Olukotun, O., Kreutziger, S., Scheer, V., Washington, R., Hess, A., Morgan, Sarah, and Stevens, Patricia. “Enhancing cultural safety among undergraduate nursing students through watching documentaries.” Nursing Inquiry 26.1 (2019): e12270.

Schneider, Robert, Kusch, Jennifer, Dressel, Anne, and Bernstein, Rebecca. “Can a twelve-week intervention reduce barriers to bicycling among overweight adults in low-income Latino and Black communities?” Transportation Research, Part F 56. (2018): 99-112.

Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Lathen, L., Baisch, Mary J., Cotton, Q., Dressel, Anne, Antilla, J., Olukotun, O., Washington, R., Jordan, L., and Hess, A. “Enhancing healthier birth outcomes by creating supportive spaces for pregnant African American women living in Milwaukee.” Maternal & Child Health Journal 22.12 (2018): 1797-1804.

Olukotun, Oluwatoyin, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Kreuziger, Suzanne B., Dressel, Anne, Wesp, Linda, Sima, Christina, Scheer, Victoria, Weitzel, Jennifer, Washington, Rosetta, Hess, Alexa, Kako, Peninnah, and Stevens, Patricia. “Preparing culturally safe student nurses: An analysis of undergraduate cultural diversity course reflections.” Journal of Professional Nursing 34. (2018): 245-252.

Dressel, Anne, Schneider, R., Denomie, M., Kusch, J., Welch, W., Sosa, M., Yeldell, S., Maida, T., Wineberg, J., Holt, K., and Bernstein, R. “Assessing health promotion interventions: Limitations of traditional research methods in community-based studies.” Health Promotion Practice 19.4 (2018): 573-580.

Bernstein, Rebecca, Schneider, Robert, Welch, Whitney, Dressel, Anne, DeNomie, Melissa, Kusch, Jennifer, and Sosa, Mirtha. “Biking for health: Results of a randomized controlled trial examining the impact of a bicycling intervention on lower-income adults.” WMJ 116.3 (2017): 154-169.

Dressel, Anne, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Dietrich, Ann, Chirwa, Ellen, Mgawadere, Florence, Kambalemetore, Sylvia, and Kako, Peninnah. “Local to global: Working together to meet the needs of vulnerable communities.” Journal of Interprofessional Care 31.5 (2017): 667-669.

Choi, K. S., Kim, H. S., Lee, S. Y., Dressel, Anne, Galvao, Loren W., and Jun, M. “A study on the curriculum of global health education [Korena with English abstract].” Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing Education 22.2 (2016).

Dressel, Anne, and Glass, L. K. “U. S. influence responsible for S. Korean's nurses.” Army Magazine 66.5 (2016): 64-66.

Dressel, Anne, Koepsel, B., Huffman, N., and Adesuyi, G. “Healthy daycares: An asthma health promotion project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.” Journal of Children, Youth, and Environments 25.3 (2015): 188-195.

John, S. A., Dressel, Anne, and Koepsel, B. “The Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment: Evaluation of the Healthy Homes Project.” E polis: An Online Student Journal of Urban Studies7 7. (2015): 28-43.

Dressel, Anne, Steinborn, M., and Holt, K. “Get Wheelin' in Westlawn: Mounting a successful bicycle intervention in a low-income minority urban community.” Sports 2.4 (2014): 131-139.

Dressel, Anne, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Kako, Peninnah, and Stevens, Patricia. “Peace, health, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: The experience of HIV-positive women in Malawi and Kenya.” Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict 2014. (2014): 18-20.

Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Stevens, Patricia, Kako, Peninnah, and Dressel, Anne. “Safety planning in focus groups of Malawian women living with HIV: Helping each other deal with violence and abuse.Violence Against Women 19.11 (2013): 1331-1349.

Dressel, Anne, Anderko, Laura M., and Koepsel, B. “The Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment: Promoting environmental justice and building community capacity.” Environmental Justice 66.4 (2013): 127-132.

Kako, Peninnah, Stevens, Patricia, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Kibicho, Jennifer, Karani, A K., and Dressel, Anne. “Missed opportunities for early HIV diagnosis: Critical insights from the stories of Kenyan women living with HIV.International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 51.5 (2013).

Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, Wendland, Claire, Stevens, Patricia, Kako, Peninnah, Dressel, Anne, and Kibicho, Jennifer. “Marriage as a risk factor for HIV: Learning from the experiences of HIV-infected women in Malawi.” Global Public Health 8.2 (2013): 187-201.

Kako, Peninnah, Stevens, Patricia, Mkandawire-Valhmu, Lucy, and Banda, Anne. “Grappling with HIV transmission risks: Experiences of rural Kenyan women living with HIV.” Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 23.5 (2012): 442-453.

Tessler, M., Nachtwey, J., and Banda, A. Area studies and social science: Strategies for understanding Middle East politics. Indiana University Press, (1999).