• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Health Services
  • Adjunct Professor, American Ethnic Studies
Clarence Spigner

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 357660
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

Phone Number: 
206-616-2948
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Email: 
cspigner@uw.edu
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Biography 

Raised in poverty and segregation in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Clarence Spigner, DrPH, served in the U.S. Air Force (1964-68) which included a tour in Vietnam (1966-67). Worked as a telephone lineman (1968-74) in Los Angeles County while attending community colleges in Santa Monica (1974-76) and Oakland (1977) on the GI Bill. Worked series of odd-jobs (dispatcher, janitor, physical fitness instructor, kitchen-worker and tutor) while completing his BA in sociology at UC Berkeley (1977-1979) and MPH (1980-1982). Did pre-doctoral work as health planner for the National Health Service in London, England (1982-83). Earned doctorate (DrPH) in 1987 from U.C. Berkeley. Assistant Professor at University of Oregon in 1988 where he developed research/teaching interests in race/ethnic relations and health. Earned tenure as Associate Professor in 1994. Recruited to University of Washington’s School of Public Health (1994). Studied tobacco-related behavior and opinions about organ donation and transplantation. Teaches Program Planning & Evaluation, Qualitative Research Methods, and Values and Ethics in Research. Developed new courses in Honor’s College based on prize-winning books (I am Charlotte Simmons and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). Directs his own study abroad program since 2007 called Dark Empire addressing multiculturalism and health in Britain.

Education 
  • DrPH (University of California (Berkeley))
  • MPH (University of California (Berkeley))
  • AB (University of California (Berkeley))
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Bioethics
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Promotion
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Poverty
  • Prevention
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Race
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use
Publications 

H Murugan, C. Spigner, C M McKinney, and C.J. Wong, Primary Care Provider Approaches to Preventive Health Delivery: A Qualitative Study. Primary Health Care Research & Development. Jan 8:1-11, doi: 10.1017/S146317000858, 2018.

BA Young, SM Fullerton, JG Wilson, K Cavanaugh, E Blacksher, C Spigner, J Himmalfarb, W Burke, Clinical Genetic Testing for APOL1: Are We There Yet? Semin Nephrol, 37(6):552-557, 2017

C Dimaano, C. Spigner, Teaching from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Student Perspectives of Health Disparities and Medical Ethics. HEJ. Health Education Journal, 1-12, 2016.

JM Cermele, AC Halperin, C Spigner, A Ratzliff, WJ Katon, Collaborative care Psychiatrists’ Views on Treating Bipolar Disorder in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 36(6):575-80, 2014.

MA Sanon, C Spigner, M. C McCollaugh, Transnationalism and Hypertension Self-Management Among Haitian Immigrants. J. Transcult Nurs, 1-10, 2014