Community/Public Health Nursing, Healthcare Disparities, Health Promotion


N160 – Secondary Prevention; N171 - Public Health Nursing; N252 - Health Promotion/Risk Reduction Systems: Population Level


Stanford University: BA Human Biology  University of San Francisco: BSN Nursing  California State University Long Beach: MSN/MPH Nursing/Public Health  University of California Los Angeles: PhD Nursing

Professional Experience

Community Principal Investigator, Los Angeles. Community Partners in Care (CPIC) was a community-academic partnered research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. CPIC’s goal was to improve vulnerable populations’ sustainable access to quality depression care through community-based network building and engagement. CPIC outcomes demonstrated improvements in mental health as well as reductions in emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Director. QueensCare Health and Faith Partnership (QHFP), Los Angeles, CA. Provided leadership for QHFP, a division of QueensCare, a non-profit public health care charity. QHFP partnered with more than 60 churches and social service organizations to conduct community health outreach and deliver the services of registered nurses to uninsured and vulnerable populations.

Honors and Awards

2017     Community Partners in Care project video selected for inclusion in the National Academy of Medicine’s Visualize Health Equity online art gallery. http://visualizehealthequity.netlify.com/#/artwork/94

2015    UCLA Community Program of the Year awarded to Community Partners in Care (CPIC).

2015    Annual Award to Community Partners in Care (CPIC) from Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. The award honors community-campus partnerships that are striving to achieve the systems and policy changes needed to overcome the root causes of health, social, environmental and economic inequalities.

2014    Team Science Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science and the American Federation for Medical Research. 

2009   Commendation from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in Recognition of Dedicated Service to the Health of Residents in Service Planning Area 4, Particularly for Immunizing Thousands of Individuals Against Influenza.

1995   Public Health Nurse of the Year, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Selected Publications

Ong, M. K., Jones, L., Aoki, W., Belin, T. R., Bromley, E., Chung, B., Dixon, E., et al. (2017). A Community-Partnered, Participatory, Cluster-Randomized Study of Depression Care Quality Improvement: Three-Year Outcomes. Psychiatric Services.

Dalencour, M., Wong, E. C., Tang, L., Dixon, E., et al. (2016). The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in the Depression Care of African Americans and Hispanics in Los Angeles. Psychiatric Services.

Villatoro, A. P., Dixon, E., & Mays, V. M. (2016). Faith-Based Organizations and the Affordable Care Act: Reducing Latino Mental Healthcare Disparities. Psychological Services.

Chung, B., Ong, M., Ettner, S. L., Jones, F., Gilmore, J., McCreary, M., Sherbourne, C., Ngo. V., Koegel, P., Tang, L., Dixon, E., Miranda, J., Belin, T., & Wells, K. (2014).12-Month Outcomes of Community Engagement Versus Technical Assistance to Implement Depression Collaborative Care: A Partnered, Cluster, Randomized, Comparative-Effectiveness Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 161(10 Supplement), S24-S34.

Miranda, J., Ong, M. K., Jones, L., Chung, B., Dixon, E. L., et al. (2013). Community-Partnered Evaluation of Depression Services for Clients of Community-Based Agencies in Under-Resourced Communities in Los Angeles, Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Wells, K. B., Jones, L., Chung, B., Dixon, E. L., et al. (2013). Community-Partnered Cluster-Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Community Engagement and Planning or Resources for Services to Address Depression Disparities. Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Khodyakov, D., Dixon, E. L., et al. (2013). An Implementation Evaluation of the Community Engagement and Planning Intervention in the CPIC Depression Care Improvement Trial. Community Mental Health Journal.

Dixon, E. L., & Flaskerud, J. H. (2010). Community Tailored Responses to Depression Care. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

Chung, B., Jones, L., Dixon, E. L., Miranda, J., Wells, K. and Community Partners in Care Steering Council (2010). Using a Community Partnered Participatory Research Approach to Implement a Randomized Controlled Trial: Planning Community Partners in Care. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.

Khodyakov, D., Mendel, P., Dixon, E., Jones, A., Masongsong, Z., & Wells, K. (2009). Community Partners in Care: Leveraging Community Diversity to Improve Depression Care for Underserved Populations. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations.

Dixon, E. L., Strehlow, A. J., et al. (2007). Generating Science by Training Future Scholars in Nursing Research Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations. Annual Review of Nursing Research.

Nyamathi, A. M., Dixon, E. L., Wiley, D., Christiani, A., & Lowe, A. (2006). Hepatitis C virus Infection Among Homeless Men Referred from a Community Clinic. Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Kim, S., Flaskerud, J. H., Koniak-Griffin, D., & Dixon, E. L. (2005). Using Community-Partnered Participatory Research to Address Health Disparities in a Latino Community. Journal of Professional Nursing.

Dixon, E. L. (2004). Neighborhoods and Adult Health Status: A Multi-Level Analysis of Social Determinants of Health Disparities in Los Angeles County. Dissertation Abstracts International, 65(05), 2341 (UMI No. AAT3132998).

Nyamathi, A. M., Stein, J. A., Dixon, E., & Longshore, D. (2003). Predicting Positive Attitudes about Quitting Drug- and Alcohol-Use among Homeless Women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Flaskerud, J. H., Lesser, J., Dixon, E., and the Vulnerable Populations Research Group (2002). Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations: Evolution of Knowledge over Five Decades in Nursing Research Publications. Nursing Research.

Nyamathi, A., M., Dixon, E. L., Longshore, D., Robbins, W., Wiley, D., Leake, B., Smith, C., & Gelberg, L. (2002). Risk Factors for Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Homeless Adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine.