Community Coalition Board Chair: LaShawn Hoffman primarily sets policy, oversees operations, identifies research priorities and sets the strategic direction for achieving the center’s long-term objectives. Hoffman represents the CCB on the CDC PRC National Community Committee. He also serves as the lead community liaison on the National Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Principal Investigator and Center Director: Tabia Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., M.P.H., provides leadership and oversight for the center's strategic direction and implementation including community-based evaluation and research projects, development of community partnerships and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Dr. Henry Akintobi is director of Morehouse School of Medicine Evaluation and Institutional Assessment, an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and is the core director for the National Institutes of Health funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities’ Community Engagement Outreach at Morehouse School of Medicine. She represents the PRC in collaboration with institutional, local, national and international leaders seeking to foster effective translational research and evaluation between researchers and communities.
Research Development and Capacity Building Lead Advisor: Ronald L. Braithwaite, Ph.D., provides leadership in building the center’s research enterprise. He previously served as the principal investigator for the Core HIV Research Program: Prevention Intervention Meeting them at the Gate. He is the principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health-funded Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Braithwaite is a professor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Project Take Charge, Principal Investigator: Rhonda Conerly Holliday, Ph.D., oversees the implementation of the Core Research Project—a collaborative effort between Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and their surrounding communities to address the burdens of HIV/AIDS, STIs and Substance Use among African American young adults ages 18-24. Take Charge seeks to these health conditions among young adults by implementing evidence based practices (EBPs including HIV testing, condom distribution, educational workshops) at four MSIs in Georgia - Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Atlanta Metropolitan State College and Albany State University. MSIs, particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities, can serve as important collaborators with public health institutions to address the high rates of HIV in their surrounding communities. Using an implementation study paradigm, we will examine the strategy to implement these evidenced based practices (EBPs) and assess the health impact of these EBPs. We are hypothesizing that conducting routine HIV testing, distributing condoms online, and conducting health education activities on college campuses and in the surrounding communities will increase the number of individuals who are tested for HIV, enabling those who are HIV-positive to begin receiving care, and reducing engagement in risky sexual behaviors (as measured by increased condom use) among high risk young adults in areas that are heavily affected by HIV.
Associate Director: Tandeca King Gordon, Ed.D., provides oversight for the administrative and programmatic operations for the Prevention Research Center. Dr. King Gordon is responsible for assisting the PRC in setting policies, defining research programs, developing strategies to achieve program objectives and goals under the direction of the principal investigator and center director. She represents the PRC on the National Communications Committee, collaborating across institutions and with community partners.
Assistant Director, Community Development: Arletha Williams-Livingston. Ph.D., serves as the leader for community outreach, development and engagement in research and health promotions center-wide. He is the co-host of the MSM PRC Community Health Connections radio broadcast and serves on the CDC PRC National Community Committee.
Assistant Director, Evaluation and Institutional Assessment: Latrice Rollins, Ph.D., is responsible for the oversight and execution of evaluation programs. She is the center’s representative on the CDC PRC National Evaluation Committee.
Program Manager: Christina Evans, M.P.H. is responsible for ensuring strategies achieve program objectives, assisting in the operation of the center, and writing, developing and implementing communication plans and proposals. She also supports the administering and reviewing of evaluation activities of the PRC in collaboration with the associate director and core leads to include academic, agency, and community partners and staff.