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Community Engagement of African Americans in the Era of COVID-19: Considerations, Challenges, Implications, and Recommendations for Public Health. (2020, August 13). Retrieved September 20, 2020, from

Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH, Tabia K.; Satcher, David; Ede, MBBS, Victor; Wrenn, MD, Glenda; Bolar, PHD, Cassandra; Ferguson, Aneeqah; Perdue, Evonne; Okafor, Martha; Holden, Kisha; and Reese, PhD, LeRoy (2020) "Utilization of a Community-based Participatory Approach to Design and Implement a Peer-led Parenting Pilot Intervention to Influence Child Nutritional and Physical Activity Behaviors," Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association: Vol. 8 : No. 1 , Article 11. 
DOI: 10.20429/jgpha.2020.080111

Holliday, R. C., Phillips, R., Henry Akintobi, T. K., Mubasher, M., Banerjee, A., Hoffman, L., Walton, S., Braithwaite, R. L. (2020). Project HAPPY:  A CBPR Intervention Addressing HIV Prevention in Black Youth. American Journal of Health Studies. 

Mccray, G. G., Haynes, B., Proeller, A., Ervin, C., & Williams-Livingston, A. (2020). Making the Case for Community Health Workers in Georgia. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association,8(1). doi:10.20429/jgpha.2020.080116

Rollins, L., Carey, T., Proeller, A., Adams, M. A., Hooker, M., Lyn, R., . . . Akintobi, T. H. (2020). Community-Based Participatory Approach to Increase African Americans’ Access to Healthy Foods in Atlanta, GA. Journal of Community Healthdoi:10.1007/s10900-020-00840-w

Rollins, L., Llewellyn, N., Ngaiza, M., Nehl, E., Carter, D., & Sands, J. (2020). Using the payback framework to evaluate the outcomes of pilot projects supported by the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 1-32. doi:10.1017/cts.2020.542

Williams-Livingston, A. D., Ervin, C., & Mccray, G. (2020). Bridge Builders to Health Equity: The High School Community Health Worker Training Program. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association,8(1). doi:10.20429/jgpha.2020.080114

Rollins, L., King Gordon, T., Proeller, A., Ross, T., Phillips, A., Ward, C., Hopkins, M., Burney, R., Bojnowski, W., Hoffman, L., Daniels, Y., Mobley, S., Mubasher, M., & Akintobi, T. (2020). Community-based strategies for health priority setting and action planning. American Journal of Health Studies, 35(2), 102-114. 


Akintobi, T. H., Hopkins, J., Holden, K. B., Hefner, D., & Taylor, J. H. A. (2019). Tx ™: An Approach and Philosophy to Advance Translation to Transformation. Ethnicity & Disease29(Supp2), 349–354. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.s2.349

Chandler, R., Ross, H., Paul, S., Shittu, A., Lescano, C., Hernandez, N., & Morrison-Beedy, D. (2019). The HIP LADIES: A Pilot Health Improvement Project for HIV Prevention in Black College Women. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care30(4), 474–487. doi: 10.1097/jnc.0000000000000058

Cooper, D. L., Rollins, L., Slocumb, T., & Rivers, B. M. (2019). Are Men Making Informed Decisions According to the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Guidelines? Analysis of the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. American Journal of Mens Health13(2), 155798831983484. doi: 10.1177/1557988319834843

Coughlin, S. S., Caplan, L., Stewart, J. L., & Young, L. (2019). Do Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Plans Improve Health Outcomes? Journal of cancer treatment & diagnosis3(1), 28–33.

Douglas, M. D., Willock, R. J., Respress, E., Rollins, L., Tabor, D., Heiman, H. J., … Holden, K. B. (2019). Applying a Health Equity Lens to Evaluate and Inform Policy. Ethnicity & Disease29(Supp2), 329–342. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.s2.329

Livingston, C. J., Freeman, R. J., Costales, V. C., Westhoff, J. L., Caplan, L. S., Sherin, K. M., & Niebuhr, D. W. (2019). Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or E-cigarettes: American College of Preventive Medicines Practice Statement. American Journal of Preventive Medicine56(1), 167–178. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.09.010

Livingston, C. J., Allison, R. D., Niebuhr, D. W., Sherin, K. M., Costales, V. C., Berenji, M., … Singleton, C. M. (2019). Preventive Medicine Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions 6|18 Initiative. American Journal of Preventive Medicine57(1), 127–133. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.02.014

Llewellyn, N., Carter, D. R., Diazgranados, D., Pelfrey, C., Rollins, L., & Nehl, E. J. (2019). Scope, Influence, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The Publication Portfolio of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program From 2006 Through 2017. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 016327871983943. doi: 10.1177/0163278719839435

Mcgee, R. E., Sajatovic, M., Quarells, R. C., Johnson, E. K., Liu, H., Spruill, T. M., … Thompson, N. J. (2019). Depression and quality of life among African Americans with epilepsy: Findings from the Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network integrated database. Epilepsy & Behavior94, 301–306. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.02.026

Ofili, E. O., Tchounwou, P. B., Fernandez-Repollet, E., Yanagihara, R., Akintobi, T. H., Lee, J. E., … RCMI Investigators and RTRN Team Members (2019). The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Multi-Site Basic Biomedical, Clinical and Behavioral Research. Ethnicity & disease29(Suppl 1), 135–144. doi:10.18865/ed.29.S1.135

Pemu, P., Willock, R. J., Alema-Mensah, E., Rollins, L., Brown, M., Clair, B. S., … Ofili, E. (2019). Achieving Health Equity with e-Healthystrides©: Patient Perspectives of a Consumer Health Information Technology Application. Ethnicity & Disease29(Supp2), 393–404. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.s2.393

Quarells, R. C., Spruill, T. M., Escoffery, C., Shallcross, A., Montesdeoca, J., Diaz, L., … Thompson, N. J. (2019). Depression self-management in people with epilepsy: Adapting project UPLIFT for underserved populations. Epilepsy & Behavior, 106422. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.07.023

Rollins, L., Lawrence, T. Z., Akintobi, T. H., Hopkins, J., Banerjee, A., & Rosa, M. D. L. (2019). A Participatory Evaluation Framework for the Implementation of a Transdisciplinary Center for Health Disparities Research. Ethnicity & Disease29(Supp2), 385–392. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.s2.385

Sajatovic, M., Johnson, E. K., Fraser, R. T., Cassidy, K. A., Liu, H., Pandey, D. K., … Jobst, B. C. (2019). Self‐management for adults with epilepsy: Aggregate Managing Epilepsy Well Network findings on depressive symptoms. Epilepsia60(9), 1921–1931. doi: 10.1111/epi.16322

Zellner, T. L., Douglas, M. D., Rollins, L. J., Willock, R. L., Cooper, D. A., Gooden, R. H., … Mack, D. undefined. (2019). Health Policy Engagement Strategy for the Health Information Technology Policy Project of the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research. Ethnicity & Disease29(Supp2), 377–384. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.s2.377

Zhao, X., Geng, X., Srinivasasainagendra, V., Chaudhary, N., Judd, S., Wadley, V., … Zhi, D. (2019). A PheWAS study of a large observational epidemiological cohort of African Americans from the REGARDS study. BMC medical genomics12(Suppl 1), 26. doi:10.1186/s12920-018-0462-7


Claridy, MD, Hudson, MM, Caplan, L, Mitby, P, Leisenring, W, Smith, SA, Robison, L, & Mertens AC. Patterns of Internet-based health information seeking in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Pediatric Blood Cancer. 2018 May;65(5).

Cooper, D.L., Hernandez N., Zellner-Lawrence, T., Mubasher, M., Banerjee, A. (2018). Examining HPV awareness, sexual behavior, and intent to receive the HPV vaccine among racial/ethnic male college students 18-27Journal of Men’s Health.

Gaglioti, A., Junjun, X., *Rollins, L., Baltrus, P., O’Connell, K., *Cooper, D., *Hopkins, J., Botchwey, N., & Henry Akintobi, T. (2018). Neighborhood environmental health and premature cardiovascular death in Atlanta: A secondary data analysis motivated by community wisdom from the REACH Project .Preventing Chronic Disease Feb 1;15: E17. doi:10.5888/pcd15.170220. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29389312.

Henry Akintobi, T., Lockamy, E., **Goodin, L., *Hernandez, N., *Slocumb, T., Blumenthal, D., Braithwaite, R., **Leeks, L., **Rowland, M, **Cotton, T., & **Hoffman, L. (2018). Processes and outcomes of a community-based participatory research-driven health needs assessment: A tool for moving health disparity reporting to evidence-based action. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. (Accepted and in press)

Llewellyn, N., Carter, D.R., Rollins, L., Nehl, E.J. Chartering the Publication and Citation Impact of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program From 2006 Through 2016. Academic Medicine 2018 Aug;93(8).

McGee, R.E., Hunter-Jones, J.J., Nellum, A.L., Thompson, N.J., Quarells, R.C. (in progress). “You were [just] in a little funk”: A qualitative exploration of stigma experienced by African Americans living with seizure disorder/epilepsy in Georgia.

Moodley, K., Henry Akintobi, T., Fish, T., & Blumenthal, D. (2018). A pipeline program to address the African Crisis in Human resources for health .Annals of Global Health. (Accepted and in press)

Williams-Livingston, A.D., Ervin, C., McCray, G.G. (2018). "Bridge Builders to Health Equity: High School Community Health Worker Training Program" .Family and Community Health.


Hoffman, L.M., Rollins, L., Akintobi, T.H., Erwin, K., Lewis, K., Hernandez, N., Miller, A. (2017). Oral Health Intervention for Low-Income African American Men in Atlanta, Georgia, The American of Public Health, 2017, Vol 107, No. S1.

Graves, W, Hairston-Blanks, S, Caplan, LS, Erwin, K, Ditslear, CS, and Treadwell, HM. Factors associated with the utilization of community dental services among newly incarcerated adults, J Ga Public Health Assoc 2017;6(3):241-247.

Hoffman, L.M., Rollins, L., Akintobi, T.H., McAllister, C., Hernandez, N., Erwin, K., Miller, A. (2017). Evaluation of a community-based participatory oral health intervention for low-income African American men. American Journal of Public Health. (Accepted and in press)

Riestra, P., Gebreab, S.Y., Xu, R., Khan, R.J., Quarells, R.C., Gibbons, G.H., Davis, S.K. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk and Leukocyte Telomere Length in African Americans from the MH-GRID Study. Sleep Breathing journal. 2017:1-7.

Rollins, L, Akintobi, T., Hermstad, A., Cooper, D., Goodin, L., Beane, J., Spivey, S., Riedesel, A., Taylor. L., & Lyrn, R. (2017). Community-based approaches to reduce chronic disease disparities in Georgia, Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, accepted and in press.

Holliday, R.C., Zellner, T., Francis, C., Braithwaite, R.L., McGregor, B., Bonhomme, J. (2017). Campus and Community HIV and Addiction Prevention (CCHAP): An HIV Testing and Prevention Model to Reach Young African American Adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2S):69-80. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0053.

Edwards, L.V., Lindong, I., Brown, L., Hawkins, A.S., Dennis, S., Fajobi, O., Rowel, R., Braithwaite, R., Sydnor, K.D. (2017). None of Us Will Get Out of Here Alive: The Intersection of Perceived Risk for HIV, Risk Behaviors and Survival Expectations among African American Emerging Adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2S):48-68. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0052.

Akintobi, T., Holden, K., Rollins, L., Lyn, R., Heiman, H., Daniels, P., Wrenn, G., Belton, A., Baltrus, P., Battle, S., & Hoffman, L. (2017). Applying a Community-based Participatory Research Approach to Address Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Mellitus in an Urban Setting (pp. 131-154). In Coughlin, S., Smith, S. and Fernandez, M. (Eds.). Handbook of Community-based Participatory Research, New York: Oxford University Press.

Sajatovic, Martha MD,1 Barbara C. Jobst, MD,2 Ross Shegog, PhD,3 Yvan A. Bamps, PhD,4 Charles E. Begley, PhD,3 Robert T. Fraser, PhD,5 Erica K. Johnson, PhD,6 Dilip K. Pandey, MBBS, PhD,7 Rakale C. Quarells, PhD,8 Peter Scal, MD,9 Tanya M. Spruill, PhD,10 Nancy J. Thompson, PhD, MPH,4 Rosemarie Kobau, MPH, MAPP11. (2017). The Managing Epilepsy Well Network: Advancing Epilepsy Self-Management. Am J Prev Med 2017; 52(3S3):S241–S245.


Braithwaite, R., Edwards, L., Francis, C., Dennis, S., Lindong, I., Conerly Holliday, R. & Hernandez, N. D. (2016). Condom Availability at Historically Black Colleges & Universities. International Journal of Ethnic College Health, 2 (1), 3-10

Hunter-Jones, Josalin J., MSW, MPH, CHES1, April L. Nellum, MS2, Elizabeth I. Olorundare, MBBS, MPH, FWACP2, Candace C. McCloud, MPH2, Matthew D. McCurdy, MPH2, Robin E. McGee, MPH1, Contessa M. Davis, MPH2, Nancy J. Thompson, PhD1 and Rakale C. Quarells, PhD2 . (2016). Assessing the cultural appropriateness of UPLIFT for African Americans with epilepsy: A community engaged approach. J Ga Public Health Assoc (2016), Vol. 6, No. 1.

Zellner Lawrence, T., Henry Akintobi, T., Miller, A., Archie-Booker, E., Johnson, T., & Evans, D. (2016). Assessment of a Culturally-Tailored Sexual Health Education Program for African American Youth. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(1), 14.

Henry Akintobi, T., Laster, N., Trotter, J., Jacobs, D, Johnson, T., King Gordon, T., & Miller, A. (2016). The Health, Enlightenment, Awareness, and Living (HEAL) Intervention: Outcome of an HIV and Hepatitis B and C Risk Reduction Intervention, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(10), 948

Blumenthal DS and Raskob G: The value of the PRC Program as an integral part of the research portfolio of the Schools of Public Health and Medicine. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (accepted)

Yoo W, De S, Wilkins T, Smith SA and Blumenthal DS: Age, Race and Regional Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Incidence Rates in Georgia between 2000 and 2012. Annals of Public Health and Research 3(2): 1040, 2016.

Smith SA, Alema-Mensah E, Yoo W, Ansa B and Blumenthal DS: Persons Who Failed to Obtain Colorectal Cancer Screening Despite Participation in an Evidence-Based Intervention. Journal of Community Health 2016 DOI10.1007/s10900-016-0221-7 (online ahead of print)

Blumenthal DS: Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities through Prevention and Public Health. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association 6 (1) 2016 doi: 10.21633/jgpha.6.201

Walls, C., Henry Akintobi, T., Josiah Willock, R., Miller, A., Trotter, J., & Lenoir, S. (2016). Impact of Perceived Stress on Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior among Black Women 18 to 24 years of age in Urban Neighborhoods. International Journal of Ethnic College Health 2(1), 19-27.

Caplan,L, Henry Akintobi, T., Gordon,T., Zellner, T., Smith, S., & Blumenthal, D. (2016). Reducing disparities by way of a cancer disparities research training program. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 2016 Fall;9(3):103-114, (3):103-114.

Context Matters: A Community-Based Study of Urban Minority Parents’ Views on Child Health. Journal of the Georgia
Public Health Association, 5(3), 212-19. PMID: 27275021
Bolar, C., Hernandez, N., Henry Akintobi, T., McAllister, C., Ferguson, A., Rollins, L., Wrenn, G., Okafor, M., Collins, D., & Clem, T. (2016)

Substance Use Correlates of Depression among African American Male Inmates, Public Health and Incarceration: Social Justice Matters, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2A), 181-93. PMID:27133518
Conerly Holliday, R., Braithwaite, R., Yancey, W., Akintobi, T., Stevens-Watkins, D., Smith, S., & Powell, C. (2016).

Assessing the Oral Health Needs of Black Men in Low-Income, Urban Communities
American Journal of Men’s Health, [Epub ahead of print] PMID:27008993
Henry Akintobi, T., Hoffman, L., McAllister, C., Goodin, L., Hernandez, N., Rollins, L., & Miller, A. (2016).

Outcomes of a behavioral intervention to increase condom use and reduce HIV risk among urban African American youth adults.
Health Promotion Practice , [Epub ahead of print] PMID:27216874
Henry Akintobi, T., Trotter, J., Zellner, T., Lenoir, S., Evans, D. Rollins, L., & Miller, A. (2016).

A Call to Develop Evidence-based Interventions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections in Juvenile Justice Populations. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2A), 34-44. PMID:27133511
Gates, M., Staples-Horne, M., Cartier, J., Best, C., Stone, R., Walker, V., Hastings, B., Yoo, W., Webb, N., & Braithwaite, R. (2016).

Community Engaged Leadership to Advance Health Equity and Build Healthier Communities.
Social Sciences, 5(1), 2.
Holden, K., Akintobi, T., Hopkins, J., Belton, A., McGregor, B., Blanks, S., & Wrenn, G. (2016).

Lessons learned from three models that use small grants for building academic-community partnerships for research. The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and the Underserved, 27 (2), 527-48. PMID:27180693
Kegler, M., Blumenthal, D., Henry Akintobi, T., Rodgers, K., Erwin, K., Thompson, W., & Hopkins, E. (2016).

Program Success of Mental Health Clients in Day Reporting Centers.
Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2A), 194-213. PMID: 27133519
McGregor, B., Brown, E., Yan, F., Mitchell, C., Robinson, C., DeGroot, J., & Braithwaite, R. (2016).

An Exploratory Study Examining the Nature of Relationships and Risk Communication among Adolescent Children, Their Incarcerated Mothers, and Their Caregivers.
Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2A), 101-19. PMID: 27133514
Robillard, A., Holliday, R., DeHart, D., Lewis, K., Rutherford, Y., & Amutah, N. (2016).

Introduction to Public Health and Incarceration: Social Justice Matters.
Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 27(2A), 1-4. PMID: 27133507
Smith, S., & Braithwaite, R. (2016).

Persons Who Failed to Obtain Colorectal Cancer Screening Despite Participation in an Evidence-Based Intervention. Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016.
J Community Health DOI 10.1007/s10900-016-0221-7. PMID: 27395048
Smith, S., Alema-Mensah, E.,Yoo,W., Ansa, B., Blumenthal, D. (2016).

Correlates of african american female adolescent offenders 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or “Ecstasy”) use and sexually transmitted infection morbidity.
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(2), 194-201. PMID: 26834451
Stephens, T., Holliday, R. C., Hopkins, S., Rose, S., Braithwaite, R., & Smith, S. (2016).


The National Cancer Institute’s Community Networks Program Initiative to reduce cancer health disparities: Outcomes and lessons learned.
Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action, 9, 21-32. PMID: 26213401
Braun, K. L., Stewart, S., Baquet, C., Berry-Bobovski, L., Blumenthal, D., Brandt, H. M., ... Espinoza, P. (2015).

Adult cancer survivors: Health behavior after diagnosis.
Int Public Health Journal, 7(3), 251-252.
Caplan, L. S., & Merrick, J. (2015).

Prostate Cancer Screening and Mortality in Blacks and Whites: A Hospital-based Case-Control Study.
Journal of the National Medical Association, 107(2), 32-38. PMID: 27269488
Mkanta, W., Ndjakani, Y., Bandiera, F., Blumenthal, D., Nseyo, U., & Asal, N. (2015).

Paths to Health Equity – Local Area Variation in Progress toward Eliminating Breast Cancer Mortality Disparities, 1990-2009.
Cancer , 121(16):2765-74. PMID: 25906833
Rust, G., Zhang, S., Malhotra, K., Reese, L., McRoy, L., Baltrus, P., Caplan, L., & Levine, R. (2015).

Community-based Participatory Research Principles for the African American Community.
Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5, 52-56. PMID: 26336653
Smith, S., Whitehead, M., Sheats, J., Ansa, B., Coughlin, S., & Blumenthal, D. (2015).

Self-reported ecstasy (MDMA) use and past occurrence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a cohort of juvenile detainees in the USA.
Journal of Community Health, 40(2), 308-13. PMID: 25160467
Stephens, T., Holliday, R. C., & Jarobe, J. (2015).

Color It Real: A program to increase condom use and reduce substance abuse and perceived stress.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 51. PMID: 26703653
Zellner, T., Trotter, T., Lenoir, S., Walston, K., Men-Na’a, L., Henry-Akintobi, T., & Miller, A. (2015).


Delay in breast cancer: implications for stage at diagnosis and survival.
Front Public Health, 2, 87. PMCID: PMC4114209
Caplan, L. (2014).

Religiosity After a Diagnosis of Cancer Among Older Adults.
Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 26(4), 357-69. PMCID: PMC4242422
Caplan, L., Sawyer, P., Holt, C., & Brown, C.J. (2014).

Clinician utilization of best practices for HIV care and status disclosure: A cross-sectional study.
Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 4, 649-58.
Henry Akintobi, T., Braithwaite, R., & Dodds, A. (2014).

Residential segregation-trends and implications for conducting effective community-based research to address ethnic health disparities (pp. 157-169).
In Hall, H., Cole-Robinson, C., & Kohli, A. (Eds.), Uprooting urban America: Multidisciplinary perspectives on race, class and gentrification. New York: NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
Henry Akintobi, T., Braithwaite, R., & Dodds, A. (2014).

An Academic-Public Health Department Partnership for Education, Research, Practice, and Governance.
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 20(3), 310-14. PMID: 24667192
Henry Akintobi, T., Dawood, N., & Blumenthal, D. (2014).

A Model for Strengthening Collaborative Research Capacity: Illustrations From the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute.
Health Education & Behavior, 41(3), 267-74. PMID: 24311741
Rodergs, K., Akintobi, T., Thompson, W., Evans, D., Escoffery, C., & Kegler, M. (2014).

Correlates of sexual outcome expectations and risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among male inmates in the United States.
International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 6(3), 92-96.
Stephens, T., & Braithwaite, R. (2014).

Sexual transmitted infection (STI) risk associated with beliefs about virginal sex and perceived social norms among inmates in KwaZulu Natal.
International STD Research & Reviews, 2(2), 135-144.
Stephens, T., Gardner, K., Sifunda, S. & Braithwaite, R. (2014).

Predictors of suicide ideation and risk for HIV among juvenile offenders in Georgia.
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 26(1), 137-143.
Stephens, T. & Holliday, R. (2014).


Community-Based Participatory Research: An Introduction (pp. 1-17).
Blumenthal, DS., DiClemente, RJ., Braithwaite, R., Smith, S. (Eds.), Community-Based Participatory Health Research: Issues, Methods, and Translation to Practice, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Blumenthal, D., Hopkins, III, E.,& Yancey, E. (2013).

Black white disparities in receiving a physician recommendation for colorectal cancer screening and reasons for not undergoing screening.
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 3, 1115-24, PMID: 23974385
Coleman Wallace, D., Baltrus, P., Wallace, T., Blumenthal, D. & Rust, G. (2013).

Building Partnership in Community-Based Participatory Research (pp. 19-34).
Blumenthal, DS., DiClemente, RJ., Braithwaite, R., Smith, S. (Eds.), Community-Based Participatory Health Research: Issues, Methods, and Translation to Practice, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Griffin, Jr., J.P., Yancey, E., & Armstrong-Mensah, E. (2013).

Community-Based Participatory Approaches to Evaluation (pp. 251-62).
Blumenthal, DS., DiClemente, RJ., Braithwaite, R., & Smith, S. (Eds.), Community-Based Participatory Health Research: Issues, Methods, and Translation to Practice, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Henry Akintobi, T., Trotter, J., Evans, D., Laster, N & Johnson, T. (2013).

Community-Based Approaches to Education (pp. 215-29).
Blumenthal, DS., DiClemente, RJ., Braithwaite, R., Smith, S. (Eds.), Community-Based Participatory Health Research: Issues, Methods, and Translation to Practice, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
McNeal, M., Blumenthal, D.S., Williams Pierson, K., Hale, C., & Rogers, T. (2013).

Efficacy to effectiveness transition of an Educational Program to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (EPICS): study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial.
Implementation Science, 8, 86. PMID: 23924263
Smith, S., & Blumenthal, D. (2013).

Translating Research to Practice (pp. 181-94).
Blumenthal, DS., DiClemente, RJ., Braithwaite, R., Smith, S. (Eds.), Community-Based Participatory Health Research: Issues, Methods, and Translation to Practice, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Smith, S. & Blumenthal, D. (2013).

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Completed Evaluations

Research/Research Infrastructure

Clinical Translational Service Award- Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) (NIH), 2012-2017
Evaluation identifies 1) detailed formative guidance to assess initial and ongoing project activities and provide for mid-course corrections, and 2) summative evidence of program effectiveness, and impacts in reaching its stated specific aims and objectives.

NIH Clinical Translational Service Award, Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Community Engagement and Research Program Core Evaluation, (CERP) 2012-2017
Intra-institutional evaluation assessing efforts to create and sustain programs/projects that translate research from the bench to community-based clinical settings and to communities, create a continuous community involvement process that reaches out to communities and community practitioners and facilitate collaboration to train Atlanta-CTSI investigators in the principles and practice of community-based participatory research.

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program (G-12) (NIH), 2012-2017
Evaluation identifies quantitative and qualitative benchmarks and ongoing measures by which to assess outcomes and processes designed to strengthen Morehouse School of Medicine’s research capacity. By facilitating access to novel technologies, training and career development resources, scientific discoveries will be accelerated that will potentially lead to the elimination of health disparities.

Exploratory Center of Excellence-Reducing Health Disparities in Vulnerable African American Families and Communities (NIMHD  P-20), 2012-2017
Through an established collaboration between the institution and community, the proposed evaluation will assess the Center’s aims to build on long term objectives of the Centers of Excellence on Health Disparities (CEHD) in efforts to elucidate etiology of health disparities and develop research interventions that increase quality of life among underserved populations in Metropolitan Atlanta.

Southeastern United States Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 2007-2012
The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (MSM PRC) established a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED) known as the Southeastern US Collaborative CEED, or “SUCCEED”.  The MSM PRC collaborated with partners in the three-state region of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina to provide training, technical assistance and funding to support agencies and organizations in evidence-based strategies to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among African-Americans. This evaluation will assessed SUCCEED processes and outcomes centered on the overarching goal of creating a regional center that will function as a model and a national leader in the elimination of disparities in breast and cervical cancer incidence and mortality among African-American women.

Building Collaborative Research Capacity Community Engagement and Research Program, (NIH, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Administrative Supplement), 2009-2011
Conducted process and outcome evaluation that documented the impact of a model designed to strengthen collaborative research capacities in Atlanta and rural Southwest Georgia. Activities assessed included mini-grant funding, training and the facilitation of community engaged research partnerships for community-based organizations and faculty at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology. The project involved a collaborative through the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Engagement and Research Program, co-led by the Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Centers.

National Children’s Study, Emory University, Battelle, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Chattanooga Study Center - Community Engagement Assessment, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), 2010-2011
The National Children’s Study is the largest study of child and human development ever conducted in the United States. The multi-year research study examined the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. Emory University, Battelle, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Chattanooga were the study center partners in Baldwin County, Georgia area. The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) participated in evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of community engagement strategies employed to recruit women in Baldwin County, GA.


Morehouse School of Medicine Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS-RISE)(NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences), 2013-2018
The evaluation of the MBRS/RISE Program was implemented to determine the extent to which the program had attained proposed measures of success based on established goals. The MBRS/RISE Program seeks to actively involve students in biomedical research by providing research training, mentoring, and exposure to high quality research by MSM faculty.

Preventive Medicine Residency with Integrative Health Care Training Program (HRSA, 2015-2016)
The Morehouse School of Medicine Public Health and Preventive Medicine (MSM PHPM) Residency Program requests funding to increase the number and improve training of preventive medicine physicians, incorporate integrative health care training into the existing preventive medicine training program, and provide inter- professional integrative medicine training for primary care physicians, primary care residents, community health workers, and medical students.

Stellenbosch University (SU) Area Health Education Centre (AHEC) Evaluation (Human Resources and Service Administration, 2012-2016). SU AHEC is a pipeline program that recruits and positions youth from underserved communities into medicine and other health professions.  The AHEC grant enabled SU to put the first part of the pipeline in place, reaching out to primary and secondary schools in rural Western Cape Province and helping to strengthen math and science curricula there. The MSM Evaluation and Institutional Assessment unit is responsible for the external evaluation of the program.

Maximizing Impact of Disparities Data to Drive Community Action and Enable Improvements in Health Equity (NORC) (Office of Minority Health, 2014-2015)
Among the goals of this grant are to have under‐represented minority (URM) physicians, faculty and fellows (post-doctoral fellows) participate in longitudinal or executive faculty development. The EIA is central to the development of tools to assessment processes, outcomes and impacts.

Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center’s (VAMC) Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education in Women’s Health (WCOE-SC), 2011- 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations has supported the Atlanta VAMC’s Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education in Women’s Health (WCOE-SC) Program in collaboration with its affiliates, Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine, to incorporate system-level change in medical education through interdisciplinary and inter-professional clinical training in a patient-centered care model across specialties. The overall goal of the evaluation plan for the WCOE-SC is to determine the extent to which interdisciplinary and interprofessional medical education and training (i.e., medical residents, physician assistant, and nursing students) and implementation of a patient-centered care model achieve project goals and objectives and reach targeted outcomes.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 2006-2008
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development was developed and established within the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences in 2005. Evaluation of the Center was designed to assist, in the establishment, implementation and evaluation of measurable objectives centered on the following overarching goals: 1) to establish a national network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); 2) to facilitate collaboration; 3) to support culturally appropriate mental health and substance abuse prevention need on HBCU campuses; and 4) to facilitate the design of accredited courses; and 5) encourage student interest in substance abuse and mental health.

Physician Emergency Preparedness Toolkit, (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities), 2010-2012
This evaluation, funded through the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response at Morehouse School of Medicine, assessed existing materials and trainings that have assisted primary care practices in developing emergency preparedness plans for their practices. This evaluation uncovered unmet areas of need for developing materials. The resulting data was used to plan and develop an emergency preparedness toolkit targeting primary care practices.


Morehouse School of Medicine, Project LEAD (Leadership, Equity, and Advancing Discovery), (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), 2016-2018
Evaluation of the adaptation of three (3) successful signature Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) leadership programs – Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP), Smart & Secure Children Quality Parent Leadership Program (SSC), and Mayors for a Healthy Future Leadership Program (MFHF) – and the MSM-Tuskegee Academy CONNECT Mentoring Program.  The goals are to enhance parents’ leadership skills and reduce parental stress, improve leadership skills of teachers, school administrators, and community health advocates, and to increase children’s exposure to health science.

United Health, (Optum), 2014-2015
This partnership with MSM’s Department of Family medicine encompasses a comprehensive, community-based participatory approach integrating practice partners, community partners and intervention administration in the planning, implementation, evaluation and subsequent action-oriented quality improvement.   Evaluation findings will result in strengthened collaborative structures and expanded program impact in the East Point community.

Campus Community HIV Addiction Prevention Program, (C-CHAP) (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 2013-2016
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in partnership with Recovery Consultants of Atlanta (RCA) a community-based service organization will plan and execute an HIV Testing and Substance Use prevention initiative to serve students in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) and community residents surrounding the AUC, in response to the alarming and debilitating prevalence and incidence rates of HIV in this urban area of Georgia. The population to be served includes individuals at-risk for substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors based on recent state health department findings and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 4000 participants will be reached during the 36 month initiative. The core strategies of Project CCHAP will include HIV testing, Linkage to Care, Evidenced-Based Prevention Education, and Media as one environmental approach.

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Strong Start Program (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services), 2012-2014
Evaluation of this program is to assess the effectiveness of the evidence-based group prenatal care model to reduce the state’s infant mortality and low birthweight rates as well as its effectiveness in reducing costs for Medicaid recipients.

The Color It Real HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Program for Young Adults, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 2011-2013
 Evaluation of this program, funded through the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, involves the assessment of processes and outcomes related to increased HIV and substance abuse prevention knowledge, skills, and condom use among African-American young adults, ages 18-24, that are disproportionately affected by substance abuse and the transmission of HIV.

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Systems of Care - Clayton County, (Georgia Office for Children and Families), 2011-2014
The Systems of Care, Clayton County program will utilize the Parents as Teachers model to provide outreach and referral services to 75 families in the targeted area to improve health and developmental outcomes for children and families, particularly perinatal outcomes. The evaluation plan will focus on tailoring identified assessment measures associated with evaluating linkages to healthcare and other resources, measuring awareness of preventive services and early detection of developmental and health issues, and the overall impact of the SOCC Parents as Teachers approach with program participants.

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Centering Pregnancy© Program, 2011-2014
The overall goal of this program evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of the program services to improve birth outcomes of pregnant women participating in the Centering Pregnancy Program, which seeks to change the paradigm of health services from a traditional prenatal care model to a group prenatal care model in order to improve the overall health outcomes of mothers and babies. The expected outcome of the program is a reduction in the number of preterm and low birth weight births.

Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Project, (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), 2002-2004
This evaluation assessment evaluated the cross-site delivery of perinatal services to immigrant Sub-Saharan African women at two health care delivery clinics in Metropolitan Atlanta.

Partnerships to Improve Community Health, (PICH) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 2014-2017
Evaluation of this program, funded through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, to assess the implementation of evidence- and practice-based strategies that address tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management in Fulton County.  

The Pfizer Foundation Southern HIV/AIDS Prevention Initiative, (Pfizer Foundation), 2004-2007
The Pfizer Foundation developed the Southern HIV/AIDS Preventive Initiative in 2003 to increase efforts to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. The Initiative funded 23 community-based organizations (Initiative Grantees) in nine southern states to strengthen their capacities to provide effective HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs in multicultural, rural, and urban communities. Evaluation of the Initiative involved determining the extent to which Initiative Grantees have attained their project goals and objectives based on the Pfizer's logic model target outcomes. The evaluation plan: 1) assisted Initiative Grantees in clarifying and/or establishing measurable performance indicators for local programs, 2) assisted the Initiative Grantees in defining or enhancing their intervention implementation, and 3) assisted the Pfizer Foundation in assessing the cross-site effectiveness of the Initiative. Dissemination of evaluation processes and results through peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations are currently underway.

The 2 HYPE Abstinence “A” Club Community Based Abstinence Prevention Program, (Administration for Children and Families), 2007-2012
This evaluation, funded through the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, assesses processes and outcomes of a program designed to promote abstinence until marriage through an abstinence education approach to reduce teen pregnancy, the proportion of adolescents who engage in premarital sexual activity, and the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, among African-American youth, ages 12-18 in Metropolitan Atlanta and surrounding areas.

The PAATH II Drug Free Communities Support Program, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), 2008-2009
Evaluation of this program, funded through the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, involves the assessment of community-based coalition strategies to address youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse in Metropolitan Atlanta zip code 30318. Assessment centers on the community identified action areas of environmental impact, effective parenting, youth mentoring and youth alternative education.

Enlightenment and Living Program, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Health), 2009-2010
This evaluation assessed program designed to promote HIV, substance abuse and Hepatitis screening, testing and counseling services for re-entry and non re-entry African American youth and women.

The 2 HYPE Abstinence “A” Club Community Based Abstinence Prevention Program, (Administration for Children and Families), 2008-2010
This evaluation assessed an education program designed to promote abstinence until marriage, reduce teen pregnancy and the proportion of adolescences who engage in premarital sexual activity among inner city, African-American youth, ages 12 -18 in Georgia. Role: Lead Evaluator

Atlanta Promise Neighborhood Initiative, (U.S. Department of Education), 2010-2011
The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center (PRC) has been engaged to partner with the Atlanta Promise Neighborhoods Initiative spearheaded by Morehouse School of Medicine, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Atlanta Public School System, the Atlanta University Center and other community partners. This partnership seeks to improve educational and developmental outcomes for children and youth by building a holistic, community-centered education continuum that serves children and families living on the west side of Atlanta. The PRC will lead the comprehensive needs assessment effort to include data collection, management, and analysis. The PRC will also oversee the integration of findings for development of an implementation grant.