Crystal L. Patil, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Bio

Dr. Patil has a PhD in anthropology from Ohio State University and her research focuses on how the social world becomes embodied and expressed as health, illness or suffering. The motivation for her research stems from a concern for social justice.  As a global health researcher, she uses ecological and social determinants frameworks to make sense of complex health-related problems. She applies these models as she develops and tests strategies to reduce health disparities and strengthen health systems both in the USA and in sub-Saharan Africa. Equally important, her mentoring fosters productive careers of other researchers. Dr. Patil has several active research projects. The primary topics include:

  • Improving Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in the Global South
    • Group healthcare as a model to improve outcomes (antenatal, postnatal and well-child)
    • Reducing morbidities and mortalities from postpartum hemorrhage through an integrated continuum of care model and by increasing health system accountability through the production of high quality birth outcome data.
  • Implementation Science
    • Community-based models for the prevention of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Group healthcare as a model for improving self-efficacy and quality of life
    • • Group healthcare as a model for transitioning youth and emerging adults with sickle cell disease from pediatric to adult healthcare
Current Area of Teaching

Dr. Patil’s courses incorporate theoretical and practical applications from the social sciences and human biology to address health disparities; especially in the areas of global health (reproduction and nutrition), health disparities and healthcare systems. She is the faculty mentor for U.S. and international doctoral and masters students as well as undergraduates.

Selected Honors & Awards

STEM Faculty Mentor (2016-present) , President’s Award Program (PAP) STEM Initiative

UIC Honors College 2012 “Fellow of the Year” Award (nominated by UIC undergraduates).

Have a Heart for Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation 2011 “Dedication and Support” Award.

University of Illinois 2010 “Alumni Flame Award for Teaching Excellence.” (awarded to exceptional UIC educators, nominated by UIC alumni)

Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship 2010 Award from The Center for Public Anthropology for inspiring university students to take part in the global community and think critically, respond intelligently, and act responsibly

Selected Publications

Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship 2010 Award from The Center for Public Anthropology for inspiring university students to take part in the global community and think critically, respond intelligently, and act responsibly

Selected Publications

Dr. Patil is an author on more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters. Publications can be located through these links:  

Current Research
Current
  • A Community-Based Implementation Model for HIV Prevention and Testing in Malawi (2015-2020). NIH (NR015409)
  • Every Birth Counts: A Mobile Birth Tracking Application to Strengthen Health Systems in Low Resource Settings (2017). UIC College of Nursing, Internal Research Support Program (IRSP)
  • Group Healthcare for Transition from Pediatrics to Adult Clinic for those with Sickle Cell Disease (2016-2018). Division of Specialized Care for Children
Recently Completed
  • Integrating HIV into Innovative Group Antenatal Care in Two African Countries. NIH (NR014413)
  • Meeting Global Health Goals in Urban Africa: Integrating Misoprostol in a Continuum of Care Model for Postpartum Hemorrhage (2014-2015). UIC Global Health Seed Grant
  • Global Health Partnership Evaluation: Peace Corps Facilitated implementation Research (2014-2015). UIC Global Health Seed Grant