Berkeley  Franz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Community-based Health

HCOM-Social Medicine

Grosvenor 311


Member Type: Investigator  

Research Interest

Berkeley Franz is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching focus on community-based philosophy, social theory, and health policy. In addition, she has interests in the sociology of religion and community organizing. She has worked both domestically and internationally on community-based research projects aimed to improve health outcomes and develop health care services guided by local perspectives. Additionally, she has carried out extensive qualitative work, including using various interview formats and types of data analysis. Dr. Franz has published peer-reviewed articles on the philosophy of health care organization and evaluation, the intersection of religious beliefs and health policy preferences, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on community health. Her co-authored book, Narrative Medicine and Community-based Health Care and Planning, will be published by Springer in 2017.  She is also currently co-authoring a book on hospital-community relations for the University of Chicago Press.

Selected Publications

Franz, Berkeley, Daniel Skinner, Anna Kerr, Robert Penfold, and Kelly Kelleher. 2017. “Hospital-Community Partnerships: Facilitating Communication for Population Health on Columbus’ South Side.” Health Communication . In Press. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1359033.

Franz, Berkeley, Daniel Skinner, and John W. Murphy. 2017. “Defining Community in Community Health Needs Assessments.” American Journal of Evaluation . In Press. DOI: 10.1177/17722857.

Franz, Berkeley, Daniel Skinner, and Kelly Kelleher. 2017. “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Hospital-led Community Health Evaluation in the U.S. Appalachian Ohio Region.” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 23(4): 882-887.

Skinner, Daniel and Berkeley Franz. 2017. “The Politics of Primary Care Expansion: Lessons from Cancer Survivorship and Substance Abuse.” Journal of Healthcare Management . In Press.

Skinner, Daniel, Berkeley Franz, Kelly Kelleher, and Robert Penfold. 2017. “Hospitals & Community Benefit: Negotiating the Physical Space of Neighborhoods.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Published online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1007/s11013-017-9546-7.

Franz, Berkeley and John W. Murphy. 2017. “The Patient-Centered Medical Home as a Community-based Strategy.” The Permanente Journal . 21: 17-22. 

Skinner, Daniel, Berkeley Franz, and Kelly Kelleher. 2017. “What Challenges do Non-Profit Hospitals face in taking on Community Health Needs Assessments? A Qualitative Study from Appalachian Ohio.” The Journal of Rural Health . Published online ahead of print.

Murphy, John W. and Berkeley Franz. 2016. “Narrative Medicine in a Hectic Schedule.” Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy. 19(4): 545-551.