Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title/s:  Professor
Project Director, School-based Health Center at Proviso East High School and Project Director, Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care

Office #:  BVM Hall, Room 908 LSC

Phone: 773-508-2896



Diana Hackbarth, RN, PhD, FAAN has been a public health nursing educator, researcher and program director for more than 30 years. She teaches public health, health policy and epidemiology courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral level and serves as a research mentor for DNP and PhD students. She was a Navy Nurse during the Vietnam conflict and served in California and Taipei, Taiwan ROC. 

Dr. Hackbarth is currently the Project Director for the HRSA-funded Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing School-Based Health Center  (SBHC) at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL.  The School-Based Health Center has a staff of six and provides free primary health care, behavioral health, and nutrition services for high school and middle school students in the underserved communities surrounding Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus. She is also the P.I. for the HRSA-funded Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care initiative. This interprofessional project is developing models of care to assure behavioral health services become an integral part of primary care services offered at Loyola-Trinity Family Medicine sites as well as the SBHC.

Dr.Hackbarth serves as Program Director for Loyola’s Nursing Infection Prevention graduate program.  This program educates nurses for leadership roles in infection prevention in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates have assumed infection prevention management positions at major health systems nationwide and/or as researchers/policy makers at CDC. 

She is currently a board member of the Respiratory Health Association and the co-Chair of the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco. She has served as Chair of the Wilmette Board of Health and on a variety of nursing and public health committees at the city, county and state level. Her advocacy for tobacco control and public policy to increase access to health care for underserved populations has led to numerous publications and awards.  Dr. Hackbarth is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and recently received the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni award.


PhD University of Illinois School of Public Health

MSN University of Illinois College of Nursing

BSN Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing

Research Interests

Interprofessional practice; health program evaluation; health policy; tobacco control.

Grant Funding: 


Expanding Adolescent Access to Health Care. D. Hackbarth, P.I.  Illinois Department of Public Health funding to expand access to care for middle school and adolescent students in School Districts 89 and 209, Proviso Township.  Funding: $89,000.


Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care: Population Access to HealthD. Hackbarth, P.I.  HRSA NEPQR program to expand and integrate behavioral health services at the School-based Health Center and Family Medicine Clinic using an interprofessional clinical practice model.  Funded for four years. Funding:  $1,656,433.


 Healthy Communities Foundation. D. Hackbarth, P.I. Written collaboratively with Loyola’s Development team. Funded for $50,000 in 2017 and $55,000 in 2018 to help support SBHC programs. (Total $105,000).



Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Women’s Health.  Illinois School-based Health Center.  D. Hackbarth, P.I.  Supports primary care, nutrition, behavior health, and health promotion services at School-based Health Center.  Funded annually. Funding:  $123,600/year. (Total $ 2,348,400).


Plan 2020:  Reducing Health Disparities Among Underserved Youth.  D. Hackbarth & J. Kouba, Co-P.I. Funds to initiate a comprehensive wellness assessment and early intervention program for incoming students at Proviso East High School (PEHS) who  enrolled in new “freshman academy” in fall 2017 and to maintain primary care, nutrition and behavioral health services for all PEHS and District 89 students.  Funding:  $51,911.


HRSA ANE Grant # D09HP18997:  Advanced Practice Nursing:  Population-based Infection Prevention & Environmental Safety (2010-2013) (Co-PI). Funded for for $812,355.

2009-2012 HRSA NEPQR Grant # D11HP14610:  Improving Access & Health Outcomes for Children & Youth through the Expansion of a SBHC. (2009-2012) (PI).  Funded for $1,293,275.
2004-2010 HRSA ANE Grant # D09HP03142: Advanced Practice Nursing:  Population-based Infection Control and Environmental Safety. (2004-2010) (Co-PI).  Funded for $845,478.
2006-2010 HRSA NEPR Grant # D11HP00098:  Establishment of a School-Based Health Center. (2006-2009). (Co-PI).  Funded for $937,426.
2005-2012 Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Community Health & Prevention:  Illinois School-based Health Center. (2005-2012) (PI).  Funded for $123,600 per year to support primary care services at School-based Health Center.
2003-2006 Westlake Health Foundation Grant:  Nutrition Education Program:  Cooking With Heart and Soul. (2003-2006) (PI) Funded for $75,000.
200-2005 HRSA NEPR Grant # D11HP00098: Establishment of a School-based Health Center. (2000-2005)  (Co-PI)  Funded for $1,723,184
  Peoples Energy Grant:  Cristo Rey School-based Heath Center. (PI) Funded for $50,000
2001 IL Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs Build Illinois Grant:  Capital Improvement Funds at Proviso East High School.  (2001)  (PI) Funded for $535,000

Professional & Community Affiliations

2002: Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2000-2009: Chairperson and Member, Wilmette Board of Health, Wilmette, IL.  Appointed.
1995-Present: Past President and Board Member, Respiratory Health Association Chicago, IL.   Elected.
1995-1996: U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship.

Courses Taught

Numerous undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on public health, epidemiology, and health policy.


2019 Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award.  Award presented to a School of Nursing alumni based on accomplishments and contributions to the profession and continued commitment to Loyola’s Jesuit values.  April 6, 2019.

2011 Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award.  14th Annual University of Illinois Power of Nursing Leadership Event.  Award recognition of an outstanding Illinois nurse leader who is highly influential in shaping quality health care.  Given to honor the hard work, dedication and courage to break through barriers – characteristics indicative supremely skilled and committed leadership.

2009 Lincoln Land Legend.  Illinois Dollars for Scholars.   Statewide award to honor adult mentors who have inspired and motivated Illinois high school students.  Lane Tech student, Leslie O'Connor, nominated Dr. Diana Hackbarth.  Ms. O'Connor received a $4,000 college scholarship and Dr. Hackbarth donated her $500 prize to Lane Tech High School.

 2007 Women’s Lung Health Award


Selected Publications

Millson, T., Hackbarth, D. & Bernard, H.  (2019).  A demonstration project on the impact of a safety culture on infection control practices in hemodialysis.  American Journal of Infection Control.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.02.026  Published online April 2019.

Bernard, H., Hackbarth, D., Olmsted, R. & Murphy, D.  (2018).  Creation of a competency-based professional development program for infection preventionists guided by the APIC Competency Model:  Steps in the process.  American Journal of Infection Control, 46(11), 1202-1210.

Hackbarth, D., Kouba, J., Sierra, K., VanZwoll, A., Terrell, A. & Henderson, W.  (2018).  School health is population health:  Methodology for health status assessment and risk factor screening for a longitudinal study of a large cohort of adolescents by a school-based health center.  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, San Diego, CA.  November 10-14.  Poster.

Simerson, D. & Hackbarth, D.  (2017).  Emergency Nurse Implementation of the Brief Smoking-Cessation Intervention: Ask, Advise, and Refer.  Journal of Emergency Nursinghttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2017.08.004  Published online August 2017.

Hackbarth, D.  (2011).  Preventing adolescent tobacco use and assisting young people to quit: Population-, Community-, & individually focused evidence-based interventions.  Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(1), 119-140.

Solari-Twadell, P.A. & Hackbarth, D.P.  (2010).  Evidence for a new paradigm of the ministry of parish nursing practice using the nursing intervention classification system.   Nursing Outlook, 58(2), 69-75.

Hackbarth, D.  (2008).  Research reporting and evidence of effectiveness:  Why “no difference” matters.  American Journal of Critical Care, 17(3), 218-220.

Recent Presentations:

Vlasses, F.  & Michelfelder, A. & Hackbarth, D. (2017).  Capturing Collaborative Synergy: Building an IPEP Institute.  Collaborating Across Borders Interprofessional Health Care Education and Collaborative Practice Conference, October 1-4.  Preconference workshop.

Simerson, D. & Hackbarth, D.  (2017).  Emergency Nurse Initiated Brief Smoking Cessation Intervention.  Poster presentation. Emergency Nursing 2017, Emergency Nurses Association Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 13-16, 2017.

Van Zwoll, A., Terrell, A., Sierra, K. & Hackbarth, D.  (2017).  Mission Possible:  Enhancing interprofessional collaborative practice between nutrition and mental health services in an urban SBHC.  School-Based Health Alliance 2017 National Convention, Poster Presentation, Long Beach, CA June 19-21, 2017.

Simerson, D. & Hackbarth, D.  (2017). Emergency Nurse Initiated Brief Smoking Cessation Intervention" poster presentation.  41st Annual Research Conference for Midwest Nursing Research Society, Minneapolis, MN, April 6-9, 2017.

Van Zwoll, A. & Hackbarth, D.  (2015). Innovative Programs To Reduce Out Of School Suspensions.  Poster.  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 10/31-11/4/15.

Kouba, J., Hatchett, L., Sigman, G., Sierra, K., Van Zwoll, A. & Hackbarth, D.  (2015). Proviso Partners for Health: School Wellness Policy Initiatives.  American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Presentation, Chicago, IL, 10/31-11/4/15. 

Hackbarth, D.  (2012).  An innovative interdisciplinary nursing & dietetic student-led intervention to enhance the health of minority adolescents.  ACHNE Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.  June.

Kouba, J. & Hackbarth, D.  (2012).  Lunch Bunch: Nursing & Dietetic Student-led School-Based Intervention to Enhance the Nutritional Status and Health Behaviors of Minority Teens.  Poster at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  October. 2012