Physicians & Staff

Brian M. Rahmer, Ph.D., MS

Director, Community Health Engagement, Office of Health Equity; Value Institute Scholar

Brian Rahmer, Ph.D., MS, is the director of Community Health Engagement for the Office of Health Equity.

His focus within this ChristianaCare specialty, established to provide an exceptional experience and optimal health for women, children and families, is on engaging communities across sectors to collectively impact infant mortality disparities driven by social determinants of health.

Dr. Rahmer earned his doctorate in urban affairs and public policy with a concentration in health policy from the University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA). He has more than a decade of experience implementing, evaluating and advocating for equitable health care. His extensive achievements as a leader in strategic community engagement incorporate the Health in All Policies collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by embodying health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.

Dr. Rahmer has conducted dynamic modeling, health promotion program design and implementation, policy and network analysis and research to help bring about evidence-informed, community-guided solutions to health inequities. He is passionate about civic engagement around the social and political forces that shape population health to achieve equitable, optimal and lasting outcomes for a healthy society.

Dr. Rahmer is a policy fellow at the SPPA Center for Community Research & Service and a member of the University of Delaware Community Engagement Commission, recognized nationally by the Carnegie Foundation. He is a board member and past chair of the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living, a statewide collaborative of over 200 partners representing more than 70 organizations across the region; a Healthy Neighborhoods committee member at the Delaware Center for Health Innovation, a CMS State Innovation Model Initiative; and a member of the policy and evaluation group of the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Dr. Rahmer has presented and advised on national, regional and local health and social policy issues regarding community engagement and social determinants of health. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Public Health Association, Delaware Public Health Association, Society for Participatory Medicine, and AcademyHealth.