MSM Associate Dean Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi Releases New Book "Black Health in the South"

Book collects essays from public health experts on the health and wellbeing of Black people in southern United States.

Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi Dr. Tabia Henry Akintobi
MSM Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine

ATLANTA – MARCH 23, 2023 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Chair of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, and Professor Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, is the co-editor of the newly released book "Black Health in the South," a collection of essays by public health experts that examine the health and wellbeing of Black people in the southern United States. Dr. Henry Akintobi's co-editors are Steven S. Coughlin, PhD, MPH, Interim Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, and University of Kentucky College of Nursing Associate Professor Lovoria B. Williams, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP.

"This collection brings together the insights of experts collectively dedicated to not only understanding and cataloging health disparities, but advancing a vision for how we can use what we know to take action through multisectoral, community-centered research, education, clinical and educational approaches that advance health equity," Dr. Henry Akintobi said.

"The anticipated movement since 2020 towards community-centered, evidence-informed approaches is more important now than ever before, given the welcome spotlight on social justice and the disproportionate hospitalization, illness, and death of marginalized populations, particularly in the South," she continued. "I trust that this book contributes to the knowledge base along with an understanding of what we must collectively do in response."

According to publisher Johns Hopkins University Press, "Black Health in the South," which is currently available for purchase, is the first edited collection to focus on African Americans in the South both as a whole and as a distinct population. Among the essays are those that focus on culturally appropriate health care, faith-based interventions, and the role of research networks in addressing disparities.

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