At the core of my research, teaching and community work are the following areas of scholarship: health service planning, social planning, community development and citizen engagement. Examining the relationships between individual, neighborhood, community, organizational/inter-organizational and policy levels is a framework I use to understand the interconnections among and between such realms. As a qualitative researcher, the methodologies I use most are: individual and focus group interviews, key informant interviews, community studies which includes conducting a community scan, the case study method, document analysis and policy review. Planning, from a theoretical view as well as practice perspective, is central to my work. My work is highly reflective of engaged scholarship; my belief in a strong and interconnected relationship between theory and practice means that my participation in community research, which is often in rural communities, aims to strengthen this relationship.