Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN

Title/s: Professor

Office #: Building 125, Room 2853, HSD

Phone: 708.216.3670



Diana Hackbarth, RN, PhD, FAAN has been a public health nursing educator, researcher and program evaluator for more than 30 years. She was a Navy nurse during the Vietnam conflict and served in California and Taipei, Taiwan ROC.  She is currently the Project Director for the HRSA-funded Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing School-based Health Center at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL.  The School-based Health Center provides primary health care, mental health, health education and nutrition services for elementary and high school students in underserved communities. She is also the Project Director for the HRSA-funded Population-based Infection Prevention & Environmental Safety DNP program.  This program educates Infection Prevention nurses for leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings.  Dr. Hackbarth has served as the project evaluator for numerous community-based primary health care and public health programs.  She is currently a board member of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and the co-Chair of the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco.  Her advocacy for tobacco control and public policy to increase access to health care for underserved populations has led to numerous publications and awards.  Her research interests are program evaluation; health policy; and tobacco control.

Research Interests

Program evaluation; health policy; tobacco control.

Grant Funding: 

HRSA ANE Grant # D09HP18997:  Advanced Practice Nursing:  Population-based Infection Prevention & Environmental Safety (2010-2013) (Co-PI). Funded for $ for $812,355.
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.
HRSA ANE Grant # D09HP03142: Advanced Practice Nursing:  Population-based Infection Control and Environmental Safety. (2004-2010) (Co-PI).  Funded for $845,478.
HRSA NEPR Grant # D11HP00098:  Establishment of a School-Based Health Center. (2006-2009). (Co-PI).  Funded for $937,426.
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.
Westlake Health Foundation Grant:  Nutrition Education Program:  Cooking With Heart and Soul. (2003-2006) (PI) Funded for $75,000.
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
IL Dept. of Commerce and Community Affairs Build Illinois Grant:  Capital Improvement Funds at Proviso East High School.  (2001)  (PI) Funded for $535,000

Funded Research:
Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago:  Evaluation of Community Spirometry Initiative of Greater Chicago Region.  (2006-2008) (Co-PI ) Funded for $15,000

Professional & Community Affiliations

2011                    Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award.  Highest award for Illinois
2010-Present    Putting Prevention to Work Leadership Team, Chicago Department of Public Health. 
2007-2009        Lincoln Land Legend; Nursing Spectrum Excellence in Community Service; Women’s
                            Lung Health Award
2002                  Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2000-2009        Chairperson and Member, Wilmette Board of Health, Wilmette, IL. 
1995-Present     Past President and Board Member, Respiratory Health Association Chicago, IL. 
1995-1996          U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship. 

Special Honors:
Loyola University Faculty Scholar.

Selected Publications

Hackbarth, D.  (2012).  An innovative interdisciplinary nursing & dietetic student-led intervention to enhance the health of minority adolescents.  Presentation at 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 APHA Annual Meeting.  October.
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.
Hackbarth, D & Cohen, R.  (2006).  Spirometry Screening and an Invitation to Quit from a State Tobacco Quit Line as Motivators for Smoking Cessation Among Community Dwelling Adults.  American College of Chest Physicians Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, October.
Hackbarth, D. & Gall, G.  (2005).  Evaluation of school-based health center programs and services:  The whys and hows of demonstrating program effectiveness.  In J. Scully, D. Hackbarth & B. Rideout (Eds.), Nursing Clinics of North America, 40, pp. 711-724.  Philadelphia, PA:  Saunders.