Dr. Eng has over the past 25 years developed a body of community-based participatory research (CBPR) work that is recognized, both nationally and internationally, for three contributions to public health practice. One is the relevance and measurement of the concept of community competence as an outcome of community-based interventions. The second is her demonstration research projects on the lay health advisor (LHA) intervention model, which is distinguished by its focus on the concept of natural helping. This model builds on the social support function of naturally occurring social networks in ethnic minority populations to address socially stigmatizing health problems. Her third contribution is the application of the Action-Oriented Community Diagnosis, which is a community assessment procedure that combines the principles of community organizing with those of the social ecological framework for health promotion. Dr. Eng has assisted health practitioners and researchers alike on the design and conduct of community-based assessments, interventions, and evaluations in the US, Cameroon, People’s Republic of China, Lebanon, and 12 nations in Southeast Asia, Central America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
The relevance of Dr. Eng’s work to public health practice is reflected in the courses she teaches, her keynote addresses to national and statewide public health organizations, as well as her consultancies with multilateral agencies (e.g., UNICEF, WHO, PAHO), private foundations (e.g., WK Kellogg, MacArthur, and Soros Open Society), and federally-funded research projects (e.g., AHRQ, NCI, NIAID, USAID, and CDC). In 1998, the APHA Public Health Promotion and Health Education Section awarded her the Mayhew Derryberry Award for outstanding contributions to health education research and theory. In 1999, she received the Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E (Helping Other People through Empowerment) Award from the American Journal of Health Promotion. The HOPE Award is for outstanding contributions to promoting cultural diversity and demonstrating significant achievement in serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations. In 2001, she received the Bernard Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Dr. Eng is the senior advisor to the CBPE Core Unit at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is the Director of the Kellogg Health Scholars Program, which offers postdoctoral training in the CBPR approach, at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.