Lindsay Rosenfeld


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Office: Heller-Brown Building 355
Phone: 781-736-3859
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Public health, Health Equity, Child Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Racial/Ethnic Health Inequities, Early Childhood, Program Planning and Evaluation, Health Literacy/Communications, Social Policy and (Urban) Health, Health in All Policies, Health Impact Assessment

Multisectoral, Multilevel and Interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership; Systems Change for Equitable Opportunities


  • HS 329f - Epidemiology
  • HS 502a - Child, Youth, and Family Poverty: Research and Policy
  • HSSP 100b - Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Population Health
  • HSSP 112b - Perspectives on Child Health and Well-Being
  • HSSP 120bj - Health Care Landscapes


  • Harvard University, School of Public Health
  • Harvard University, School of Public Health
  • Brown University

Lindsay Rosenfeld



Dr. Lindsay E. Rosenfeld is a social epidemiologist with research, practice, and policy interests focused on the social determinants of health and child equity. She specializes in health literacy, early childhood and developmental needs, families, and neighborhoods. Dr. Rosenfeld is a Scientist and Lecturer with the Institute for Child, Youth, & Family Policy (ICYFP), Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy & Management. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Northeastern University's Institute on Urban Health Research as well as a Scholar in Health Literacy Studies at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. She has taught graduate courses, including HS502A: Child, Youth, and Family Poverty - Research & Policy as well as HS329F: Introduction to Epidemiology. She has also taught many undergraduate courses: HSSP100b: Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Population Health, HSSP112b: Perspectives on Child Health and Well-Being, and HSSP120bj: Health Care Landscapes, a course in the Food, Lifestyle, and Health Justice Brandeis Semester {at Brandeis}; Health Literacy {at Harvard}; Race, Ethnicity, and Health {at Northeastern}. Throughout her career, Dr. Rosenfeld has served in numerous research, policy, teaching, and community social-service capacities—she is passionate about the utility of research for program and policy application. Examples include being a representative to the MA Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention and the Beth Israel NICU research advisory committee, a founding member of the Boston Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group, and a second-grade teacher in Compton, California. At the ICYFP and in collaboration with area universities, she works on several projects: child equity and policy with; PREPARED (Parents Responding, Engaging & PARticipating for new Environments for children with Disabilities); NOURISH (Nutrition Opportunities to Understand Reforms Involving Student Health); and The Meaning and Impact of Limited Literacy on the Lives of People with Serious Mental Illness. Dr. Rosenfeld earned her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Brown University and both her master’s degree and doctorate in public health from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health.

Awards and Honors

  • New Leaders Council Fellow (2012)
  • Dr. Fang Ching Sun Memorial Award, Harvard School of Public Health (2009)
  • Albert Schweitzer Fellow (2003 - 2004)
  • Rappaport Public Policy (2003)


  • AlJazzaf M, Rimm EB, Chavarro J, Fung TT, Cohen JFW, Hoffman JA, Rosenfeld L. "School District Characteristics and Compliance: What matters for implementing MA Competitive Food and Beverage Regulations?”." (2018). (forthcoming)
  • Lincoln, Eyllon, Prener, Paasche-Orlow, Griffith, Leung, Rosenfeld, Guyer-Deason, Garverich, Adams, Nykiel, Johnson, Hopper. "Prevalence and Predictors of Limited Literacy among Public Mental Health Service Users." (2018). (forthcoming)
  • Rosenfeld L, Kramer J, Hwang I, Demir-Levin M, Acevedo-García. "Social determinants of health and participation of young children with disabilities in the United States: A Scoping Review." OTJR (2018). (forthcoming)
  • Rosenfeld L, Selk S, Berns S. "An Equity Action Lens for Practice, Research, and Teaching: An Early Childhood Example." (2018). (forthcoming)
  • Routhier G, Rosenfeld L, Ritter G, Molinsky J, Meschede T. "Beyond Worse Case Needs: Measuring the Breadth and Severity of Housing Insecurity among Urban Renters." Housing Policy Debate (2018). (forthcoming)
  • Jahn, JL, Cohen JFW, Gorski MT, Hoffman JA, Rosenfeld L, Chaffee R, Smith L, Rimm EB.. "Product Reformulation After New Competitive Food Standards in Schools." JAND 21. 5 (2018): 1011-1018.
  • Kramer J, Hwang I, Demir-Levin M, Acevedo-García D, Rosenfeld L.. "Identifying environmental barriers to participation: Usability of a health-literacy informed problem identification approach for parents of young children with developmental disabilities." Child: Care, Health, and Development 44. 2 (2018): 249-259.
  • Levesque Z, Hamilton B, Selk S, Devlin K, Murphy C, Rosenfeld L. "Early Lessons Learned from ECCS CoIIN in Transforming Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Quality Improvement, Family Engagement, and Health Equity." AMCHP 2018 Annual Conference. Arlington, VA. February 2018.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Literacy Assessment Tools: Mental Health Clinic Audit." Northeastern University, IUHR. Boston, MA. February 2018.
  • Selk S, Rosenfeld L, Brookes S, Levesque Z, Murphy C. "Measuring Children’s Developmental Health and Family Well-Being: The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN) (poster)." Conference on Research Innovation in Early Intervention. San Diego, CA. March 2018.
  • AlJazzaf M, Fung TT, Rimm EB, Rosenfeld L, Chavarro J. "Chocolate Milk Intake and Change in Body Mass Index Among US Children and Adolescents (poster)." ObesityWeek2017 (ASMBS & Obesity Society). October 2017.
  • Kramer J, Levin M, Acevedo-Garcia D, Rosenfeld L. "PREPARED: Parents Responding, Engaging & PARticipating for new Environments for children with Disabilities." American Occupational Therapy Foundation Webinar. May 2017.
  • Rosenfeld L, Cohen JFW, Gorksi MT, Lessing AJ, Smith L, Rimm E, Hoffman, J.. "How do we actually put smarter snacks in schools? NOURISH (Nutrition Opportunities to Understand Reforms Involving Student Health) conversations with food-service directors." Public Health Nutrition 20. 3 (2017): 556-564.
  • Rosenfeld L, McArdle N. "Children’s Access to Opportunity: Using to teach about neighborhood opportunity and child wellbeing." webinar for SSDAN. virtual webinar. May 2017.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Food service directors and compliance with new school nutrition standards: Can we get smart snacks in schools? The Massachusetts NOURISH study (poster)." 2016 CityMatCH Leadership & Epidemiology Conference. Finalist Poster. Philadelphia, PA. September 2016.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Parents of young children with disabilities: New critical thinking strategies to support participation at home and in the community." American Public Health Association Conference. Denver, Colorado. November 2016.
  • Cohen J, Gorski M, Hoffman J, Rosenfeld L, Chaffee R, Smith L, Catalano P, Rimm E. "Healthier standards for school meals and snacks: Impact on school food revenues and lunch participation rates." AJPM 51. 4 (2016): 485-492.
  • Gorski M, Cohen J, Hoffman J, Rosenfeld L, Chaffee R, Smith L, Rimm E. "Putting Smarter Snacks in Massachusetts: Results from Middle and High Schools." AJPH 106. 6 (2016): 1101-1108.
  • Navarro Rubio M, Rudd R, Rosenfeld L, Arrighi E, Virumbales M, Galvez P. "Health Literacy: Competencias en salud de la poblacion y su implicacion en el sistema sanitorio." Clinica Medica (Barc) 147. 4 (2016): 171-175.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Addressing Environmental Barriers of Children with Disabilities and their Families." Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Conference. Framingham, MA. May 2016.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Compliance with new school nutrition standards for competitive foods and beverages: NOURISH, a Massachusetts example." American Public Health Association Conference. Denver, Colorado. November 2016.
  • Hoffman J, Rosenfeld L, Schmidt N, Cohen J, Gorski M, Chaffee R, Smith L, Rimm E.. "Implementation of Competitive Food and Beverage Standards in a Sample of Massachusetts Schools: The NOURISH study." JAND 115. 8 (2015): 1229-1307.e2.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "1) Designing a Study to Answer a Research Question, 2) Freelisting - Collecting Data, Developing Questionnaires and Surveys." Patient Engagement Conference, Albert Jovell Institute for Public Health and Patients, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Cambridge, MA. April 2015.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Examining Literacy and potential related factors in public urban mental health." Annual Health Literacy Research Conference. Bethesda, MD. November 2015.
  • Joshi P, Geronimo K, Romano B, Earle A, Rosenfeld L, Hardy E, Acevedo-García D. "Integrating Racial/Ethnic Equity into Policy Assessments to Improve Child Health." Health Affairs 33. 12 (2014): 2222-2229.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health Literacy: It's Not Just About Reading Levels (Presentation and Workshop)." Rx for Outcomes, Albany Medical Center. Albany, NY. March 2014.
  • Acevedo-García D, Rosenfeld L, McArdle N, Hardy EF, Osypuk TL. "Future Directions on Research on Institutional and Interpersonal Discrimination and Child Health." American Journal of Public Health (2013).
  • Rosenfeld L, Shepherd A, Agunwamba A, McCray A. "Iterative Development and Evaluation of a Web-Based Health Information Resource." Journal of Health Communication (2013).
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health Equity at the Intersection of Urban Planning and Public Health: an analysis of programmatic, discursive, legislative, and structural actions." 141st American Public Health Association Conference. Boston, MA. November 2013.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health Impact Assessment: An Introduction to the Practice, with Applications to a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax." University of New England, Health Impact Assessment Training. Freeport, ME. February 5, 2013.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Planning for Healthier Environments through Health Impact Assessment." 2013 Northern New England Planning Conference. Meredith, NH. September 2013.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Where's the Health Equity Focus?: youth digital media programs in the United States." 141st American Public Health Association Conference. Boston, MA. November 2013.
  • Martin LT, Schonlau M, Haas A, Rudd R, Loucks EB, Rosenfeld L, Buka SL. "Which Literacy Skills Are Associated with Smoking?." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 66. 2 (2012): 189-219.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health Impact Assessment webinar." Exploring the Promise and Practice of Health Impact Assessments: A New England Training Series. Boston, MA. April/May 2012.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health Literacy 101." National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) Grantee Learning and Resource Meeting. Boston, MA. (postponed).
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health in All Policies, Designing Cross-Sector Policies to Improve Health." Social Determinants of Health: Law & Public Policy. Providence, RI. April, 2012.
  • Rudd R, Rosenfeld L, Simonds V. "Health Literacy: A New Field of Research with Links to Communication." Atlantic Journal of Communication 20. 1 (2012): 16-30.
  • Martin LT, Schonlau M, Haas A, Pitkin Derose K, Rudd R, Loucks EB, Rosenfeld L, Buka SL. "Literacy Skills and Calculated 10-Year Risk of Coronary Heart Disease." Journal of General Internal Medicine 26. 1 (2011): 45-50.
  • Martin LT, Schonlau, M, Haas A, Rosenfeld L, Pitkin Derose K, Buka SL, Rudd R. "Patient Activation and Advocacy: Which Literacy Skills Matter Most?." Journal of Health Communication, Special Issue on Health Literacy 16. S3 (2011): 177-190.
  • Rosenfeld L, Chew G, Rudd R, Emmons K , Acosta L, Perzanowski M, Acevedo-García D. "Are Building-Level Characteristics Associated with Indoor Level Allergens in the Household?." Journal of Urban Health 88. 1 (2011): 14-29.
  • Rosenfeld L, Rudd R, Emmons KM, Acevedo-García D, Martin L, Buka S. "Beyond Reading Alone: The Relationship between Aural Literacy and Asthma Management." Patient Education and Counseling 82. 1 (2011): 110-116.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Professional Development Seminar: Health Literacy 101." South Shore Hospital. Weymouth, MA. April 2011.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "The “Built Environment” and Public Health: Synergies and Strategies." Schweitzer Achieving Health Equity Together Conference. Boston, MA. October, 2011.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Understanding and Conducting Health Impact Assessments: Putting the Focus on Health Disparities." Northeast Prevention Institute Webinar. Lawrence, MA. November 2011.
  • Acevedo-García D, Rosenfeld L, McArdle N, Osypuk T. "The Geography of Opportunity: A Framework for Child Development." Men and Boys of Color. Ed. Edley C & Ruiz de Velasco J. University of California Press, 2010. 358-406.
  • Rosenfeld L, Rudd R, Chew G, Emmons K, Acevedo-García D. "Are Neighborhood-Level Characteristics Associated with Indoor Level Allergens in the Household?." Journal of Asthma 47. 1 (2010): 66-75.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay and Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores. "The Use of Evidence in Health Impact Assessment." Academy Health. Boston, MA. June, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Health Impact Assessment: Applications for Toxic Traffic." Museum of Science. Boston, MA. April, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Identifying and Marketing Your Parent-Related Skills in the Job Market." The Federation for Children with Special Needs. Visions of Community. Boston, MA. March, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Indoor Allergens and Neighborhood Characteristics." Northeastern University. Boston, MA. April, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Neighborhood-Level Characteristics Associated with Indoor Allergens: Data from New York City and the Puerto Rican Asthma Project." Northeastern University. Boston, MA. March, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Race, Income, and Education: Analyzing America’s Achievement Gap." Northeastern University. Boston, MA. January, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "The Geography of Opportunity: A Framework for Child Development." Building Healthy Communities Through a Focus on Young Men and Boys of Color Conference. The Warren Institute at UC-Berkeley and the California Endowment. Los Angeles, CA. September, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "The Use of Evidence in Health Impact Assessment." Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. Baltimore, MD. September, 2010.
  • Rosenfeld L, Gallagher M. Boston Food Desert Forum Survey Report. 2009.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Community Connect To Research: evaluation of a patient portal." 1st Annual Harvard Center for Biomedical Informatics Symposium. Boston, MA. May, 2009.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Evaluation of Community Connect To Research (CC2R)." 137th American Public Health Association Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November, 2009.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Highlighting the Aural Exchange: Examining distinct types of literacy in chronic disease management." 137th American Public Health Association Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November, 2009.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Neighborhood-level characteristics and indoor allergens in the household." 137th American Public Health Association Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November, 2009.
  • Acosta L, Acevedo-García D, Perzanowski MS, Mellins R, Rosenfeld L, Cortés D, Gelman A, Fagan JK, Bracero LA, Correa JC, Reardon AM, and Chew GL. "The New York City Puerto Rican asthma project: study design, methods, and base-line results." Journal of Asthma 45. 1 (2008): 51-57.
  • Rudd RE, Rosenfeld LE, & Anderson JE. "Health Literacy." Encyclopedia of Epidemiology. Ed. S. Boslaugh. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2008
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay and Watts, Vanessa. "Free listing: Beyond survey development." Sixth Annual Qualitative Research Conference. University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Education, St. Louis, MO. March, 2007.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Puerto Ricans in the Bronx, NY: Building and neighborhood characteristics and respiratory illness." 3rd Annual Puerto Rican Public Health Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. May, 2007.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Puerto Ricans in the Bronx, NY: Sociocontextual influences on asthma – building and neighborhood type." 135th American Public Health Association Meeting. Washington, DC. November, 2007.
  • Rudd R, Anderson J, Oppenheimer S, Rosenfeld L, Mandic C. "Health Literacy." Public Health and Preventive Medicine. vol. 15 Ed. Wallace R. New York: McGraw Hill Medical, 2007. 1035-1040.
  • Rudd R, Rosenfeld L, Gall V. "Health Literacy and arthritis research and practice." Current Opinion in Rheumatology 19. 2 (2007): 97-100.
  • Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group (including Rosenfeld L). Unhealthy Consequences: Energy Costs and Child Health - A Child Health Impact Assessment of Energy Costs and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. 2006.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay and Anderson, Jennie Epstein. "Training to government & health officials, health insurance & direct service providers, & foundation employees concerning plain language & health literacy.." Plain Language Institute, The Literacy Assistance Center. New York, New York. July, 2006.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay and Gall, Victoria. "Health Literacy in America: Why and how to improve written and oral communication." American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. November, 2007\6.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay and Rudd, Rima. "Preventing Disasters and Minimizing their Consequences." American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Cambridge, MA. April, 2006.
  • Rosenfeld, Lindsay. "Applying the Principles of Health Literacy: Interactive discussion/critique of adolescent health brochures." The New England Regional Advisory Committee Meeting: Health Literacy – The Language of Adolescents. Boston, MA. October, 2006.
  • Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group (including Rosenfeld, L). Affordable Housing and Child Health - A Child Health Impact Assessment of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program. 2005.