Jennifer Schaal, M.D. completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota and practiced gynecology in a small private practice until she retired in 2006. While in practice she was a clinical investigator for the HERS (Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement) and ERA (Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis) studies and was on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative.
Her committee work included service on the Moses Cone Hospital Institutional Review Board, Ob/Gyn Peer Review Committee, Pharmacy Committee and the Oncology Executive Committee. Dr. Schaal is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), which was organized in 2002. She served as co-chair of the GHDC for two years and as secretary for 5 years. She is a member of the board of directors for The Partnership Project, the fiscal agent for the GHDC.
As a medical-community member of the GHDC, she participated as an interviewer and Critical Incident Technique analyst for the GHDC’s CCARES (Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study). She assisted in the planning, design, implementation and analysis of the “Respectful Prescribing” study, a pilot study for the Community Translational Science Award Grant Application by the UNC Center for Community and Clinical Research. She has been an active participant in the development and implementation of the GHDC’s Health Equity Training. For the GHDC’s recently completed NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) study she was the community co-lead for analysis and interpretation of focus group data; participated in development and presentations of Healthcare Equity Education & Training; and training and supervising telephone interviewers for ACCURE.
With Dr. Eng and other academic and community partners she has delivered keynotes for University of New Mexico, University of Michigan, and Asia Institute in Cambodia; co-presented scientific presentations at APHA in 2008, 2014, 2016, 2017; co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters; and served as Community Expert for CBPR Charrettes and co-trainer for multiple 2-day CBPR workshops. In addition, she has served on multiple research advisory boards and has been a community partner with other investigators on CBPR projects. She is active with the Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance and is currently a trainer for the Racial Equity Institute based in Greensboro, NC.