Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Richard Casey (Rick) Sadler, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine who engages in Flint public health research through the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health. A Flint native, he attended the University of Michigan-Flint (BSc, 2007), then earned his PhD in geography from the University of Western Ontario in 2013.

Dr. Sadler’s research is aimed at strengthening the understanding between the built environment and health behaviors/outcomes, with the goal of shaping land use policy to build healthier cities. His work is integrated with community organizations, and uses qualitative and spatial analysis to address disparities in the social determinants of health. He says, “My experiences growing up in the Flint region–where industrial growth, subsequent deindustrialization, and fragmented planning practices have had a profound influence on the built form–shaped my drive to resolve inequalities that arise from imbalances between the salutogenic and pathogenic properties of urban areas.”

He adds, “My work is underpinned by an upbringing oriented around compassion and stewardship, experiential training in cultural competence, and a recognition of historical processes of discrimination which have exacerbated spatial and health inequalities.”

Publications

  • Arku, G., and Sadler, R.C., 2017. “Healthy Cities”. Chapter 22 in A. Bain and L. Peake (Eds.), Urbanization in a Global Context: A Canadian Reader’s Guide. Oxford University Press.
  • Sadler, R.C., 2016. Integrating Expert Knowledge in a GIS to Optimize Siting Decisions for Healthy Food Retail Interventions. International Journal of Health Geographics, doi: 10.1186/s12942-016-0048-6.
  • Cleave, E., Arku, G., and Sadler, R.C., 2016. Is it Sound Policy? Or Fast Policy? Practitioners’ Perspectives on the Role of Place Branding in Local Economic Development. Urban Geography, doi: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1191793.
  • Sadler, R.C., and Lafreniere, D., 2016. Racist Housing Practices as a Precursor to Uneven Neighborhood Change in a Post-Industrial City. Housing Studies, doi: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1181724.
  • Laidlaw, M.A.S., Filippelli, G.M., Sadler, R.C., Mielke, H.W., Gonzales, C.R., Ball, A.S., 2016. Children’s blood lead seasonality in Flint, Michigan (USA), and soil-sourced lead hazard risks. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(4), 358.
  • Sadler, R.C., Clark. A.F., Wilk, P., O’Connor, C., and Gilliland, J.A., 2016. Using GPS and activity tracking to reveal the influence of adolescents’ food environment exposure on junk food purchasing. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107(S1), e514-e520.
  • Cleave, E., Arku, G., and Sadler, R.C., 2016. The Role of Place Branding in Local and Regional Economic Development: Bridging the gap between policy and practicality. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3(1), 207-228.
  • Cleave, E., Arku, G., and Sadler, R.C., accepted. Place Marketing, Place Branding, and Social Media: Perspectives of Municipal Practitioners. Growth and Change.

Publications

  • Hanna-Attisha, M., LaChance, J., Sadler, R.C., and Schnepp, A., 2016. “Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated With the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: a Spatial Analysis of Risk and Public Health Response”, 18th Annual MSU FAME Community Research Forum, May 4, Flint, MI, USA.
  • Hanna-Attisha, M., LaChance, J., Sadler, R.C., and Schnepp, A., 2016. “Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated with the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: Application of Spatial Analysis to Determine Risk and Prioritize Public Health Response”, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, April 30 - May 3, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • Cleave, E., Sadler, R.C., Arku, G., and Gilliland, J., 2016. “Comparing Urban Place Branding Strategies in Ontario and Michigan Municipalities”, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29 - April 2, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Gilliland, J.A., Sadler, R.C., Clark, A.F., O’Connor, C., and Wilk. P., 2016. “Using GPS and activity tracking to reveal the influence of children's food environment exposure on junk food purchasing”, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29 - April 2, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Sadler, R.C., 2016. “Integrating Expert Knowledge from Anti-Hunger Organizations with a Spatial Analysis of Food Accessibility to Optimize Siting of a Mobile Healthy Food Market”, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29 - April 2 San Francisco, CA, USA.
  • Sadler, R.C., 2016. “Thinking Outside the [Big] Box: Unconventional Solutions to Food Access Issues”, ‘Environmental Health’: 10th Annual Genesee County Health Department Public Health Week Conference. May 3, Flint, MI, USA.
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Assistant Professor
Division of Public Health
200 East 1st St., Room 337
Flint, MI 48502