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    Change in MSM’s PRC Leadership Keeps Community First

    A new director has stepped in to lead the Prevention Research Center at MSM and one of her top priorities is making sure the center maintains the positive course and commitment to community established her predecessor.

    Change in MSM’s PRC Leadership Keeps Community First

    Leadership is changing at the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center and the work toward fulfilling its mission is not skipping a beat. For eight years Elleen Yancey, PhD, has been the director of the PRC. On October 1, 2010, Tabia Akintobi, PhD, MPH, assumed that role. For the school, the center and everyone involved in the program at any level, the move will mean continuing on a path of success that has been established for years.

    Under Dr. Yancey’s direction, the center has thrived because of her ability to listen to the community. The center serves and guide research projects in a way that will help that community the most. The power of the PRC at MSM is in the people, and it’s Dr. Yancey’s understanding of that fact that has made her so successful as its director.

    Of course, the new director knows these successes first hand. She’s been a part of them. Dr. Akintobi has been working with the PRC for more than eight years. She’s seen how it has grown and watched Dr. Yancey’s successful leadership. She understands the important difference of being the only PRC at a historically black institution. Her commitment to responding to community needs runs deep and in accepting the new role as director, she’s excited about extending the work Dr. Yancey has been managing so well.

    Dr. Akintobi’s goals are straightforward. She wants to strengthen the PRC’s visibility within MSM and strengthen collaboration for translational research with Emory and Georgia Tech. She is determined to maintain and even extend the PRC’s historically high levels of community participation when choosing avenues of research. Evaluation is important to her as well. Regular performance assessment will ensure the PRC stays on its path of success.

    “I’m excited about this opportunity and the chance to continue the important work begun by Dr. Yancey. Now more than ever we need to find prevention solutions that people in the community can use to turn the tide of health in America,” says Dr. Akintobi.


    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increasing the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and addressing primary health-care needs through programs in education, research, and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia and the nation.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world — the Atlanta University Center (AUC). For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at

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