Dr. O’Campo authored one of the first papers to examine the social and economic factors that affect health – specifically, the health impacts of city neighbourhoods. Her early research helped shape what is now known as social epidemiology.
Today, she continues to push for change: evidence-based health and social policies and programs to eliminate urban health inequities. She has received career-excellence awards from the US Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and the US Institute of Medicine. Over the last two decades she received more than $55 million dollars as principal investigator and more than $30 million as co-investigator from national and international funding agencies to fund studies in areas such as mental health, intimate-partner violence, children’s wellbeing, HIV prevention, infant-mortality prevention and homelessness.
Dr. O’Campo is a MAP scientist and the St. Michael’s Hospital Chair in Intersectoral Solutions for Urban Health Problems. She is a professor in the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health’s Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.