SHLI Leadership

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding Director and Senior Advisor
Professor, Departments of Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
16th U.S. Surgeon General

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Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR
Interim Director
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine

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SHLI Administrative Core

Christian Thrasher, MA, CSC, CSE
Director, Institute Advancement
Email: cthrasher@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-8800

Christian J. Thrasher, MA, CSC, CSE currently serves as the Director of Institute Advancement, leading the development efforts of SHLI.  The sustainability of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute is of paramount importance and defined as having three major components: a reputation for excellence and integrity; strong and enduring internal and external partnerships with persons who share our commitment; and a base of people and financial resources, including an endowment of at least $25 million.  Consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Mr. Thrasher helped to design and implement national and international consensus processes that brought together leaders from national organizations with diverse perspectives to develop model public health frameworks.  Mr. Thrasher joined Morehouse School of Medicine in 2003 to build the sexual health program within the National Center for Primary Care, which ultimately led to the establishement of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health in 2006, where he served as the founding director until 2015.  Mr. Thrasher also served as Director of Operations for SHLI from 2010-2013. Mr. Thrasher has been certified as a Sexuality Counselor, Sexuality Educator, and Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Senior Fellow, SHLI and Cardiovascular Research Institute
Email: cpjones@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-5216

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, and President-Elect of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).

As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than simply comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions.

As a social epidemiologist, her work on “race”-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences.

As a teacher, her allegories on “race” and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. She hopes through her work to initiate a national conversation on racism that will eventually lead to a National Campaign Against Racism.

Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014. She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in both General Preventive Medicine (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health) and Family Practice (Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital).

Glendale Manning
SHLI Administrator
Email: gmanning@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-1474

Manage SHLI finances including private, state and federal grants.

Kylihia Fair
Administrative Assistant III
Email: kyallen@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-8968

Administrative support to SHLI Administrator.

Michael Butler, BA
Program Assistant
Email: mbutler@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1613

Michael James Butler Jr. is a graduate of Morehouse College’s Sociology department. While at Morehouse, Michael was a Bonner Scholar, which has afforded him an extensive amount of community outreach experience, gathered from working with the Morehouse College Community Revitalization Initiative (MCCRI). He has also previously served as the Education Issue Base Coordinator and the Sophomore Class Coordinator for the Bonner Scholar’s Program at Morehouse. While serving as student ambassador for Spelman College, Michael was also responsible for building his platform initiative F.A.M.E (Fine Arts Mentorship and Empowerment), which sought to provide talent lessons for middle school aged students in Southwest Atlanta whose families may be financially crippled and unable to afford them. In the near future he plans to continue on to graduate school to study Ethnomusicology.

Yvonne Kirkland, AA
Administrative Assistant III
Email: ykirkland@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1541

Provide administrative assistance to Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Kisha Holden, and SHLI.

Divisions

Division of Behavioral Health

Glenda Wrenn, MD
Director, Division of Behavioral Health
Email: gwrenn@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-5293

Glenda Wrenn, MD, MHSP is currently Director of the Division of Behavioral Health at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Wrenn, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences most recently served as the Associate Residency Training Director in the Department of Psychiatry. She completed undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point; earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and completed psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Wrenn earned a Master of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania during her tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Wrenn has worked to develop integrated primary and behavioral health care demonstration sites in safety net systems of care and educational curriculum for the integrated, interprofessional Veteran’s Administration, Women’s Center of Excellence for Specialty Care in Atlanta. Her research interests include strengthening resilience in vulnerable populations, addressing the disparity in help seeking for post-traumatic stress disorder among African Americans, and culturally sensitive collaborative care models.

Gilberte “Gigi” Bastien, PhD
Associate Project Director
Email: gbastien@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1919

Gilberte (“Gigi”) Bastien is a clinical psychologist and a native of Haiti. Dr. Bastien earned her B.S. in Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Mississippi. She recently completed a predoctoral internship with the Bay Pines VA Healthcare system and a postdoctoral psychology residency with the San Diego VA Healthcare System. A key emphasis of her research and clinical work has been the intersection of culture and mental health/mental illness with the aim of improving accessibility, acceptability, and efficacy of mental health services for diverse populations.

Other professional interests include disaster mental health, working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as development and evaluation of programs designed to provide culturally competent services to diverse populations (e.g., immigrants, refugees, veterans, other historically underrepresented populations).

In her spare time, Dr. Bastien enjoys singing and listening to music (blues, jazz, gospel, Haitian kompa), spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and giving back to the community in some way.

Sharon A. Rachel, MA, MPH, CSE
Associate Project Director
Email: srachel@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-5044

Sharon Rachel, MA, MPH, CSE is an Associate Project Director in the Division of Behavioral Health in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, where she works with both the Integrated Care Leadership Program and the Smart and Secure Children Parenting Program.  Ms. Rachel joined SHLI in 2007 as a Program Coordinator in the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health.  During her tenure at SHLI, Ms. Rachel has gained extensive experience in collaborative public health program development and evaluation within diverse partnerships.  She has worked on sexual health curriculum development, event planning for meetings and conferences, grant-writing, and manuscript development.  She served as a liaison between SHLI and the NFL and NFL Player Care Foundation to work with former players and their families as well as communities across the country to address mental health challenges related to sports injuries, transitions, and stigma as a barrier to help-seeking.  Out of that work, Ms. Rachel helped to establish an SHLI initiative that addresses youth sports safety.  She chairs the SHLI Website Committee and co-chairs the SHLI Team-Building Committee. 

Ms. Rachel earned her BA in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of South Carolina, her MA in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University, and her MPH in Health Education from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  Ms. Rachel is a Certified Sexuality Educator with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).  She is trained in peer-to-peer counseling, has supported and advocated for sexual assault survivors, led women’s support groups, and coordinated resources at women’s community and crisis centers.  Ms. Rachel has co-authored several publications, created a number of teaching aids and tools, and conducted education and training sessions across the United States. 

Ms. Rachel is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.  She enjoys running and has completed 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, full marathon, and obstacle races.  She also enjoys travelling and attending cultural events.

Aneeqah Ferguson, MS
Program Manager
Email: aferguson@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-8698

Ms. Aneeqah S. Ferguson is Program Manager in the Division of Behavioral Health in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, where she manages both the 13-State Collaborative Action on Child Equity (CACE) project that uses research to inform policy and the Smart and Secure Children (SSC) Quality Parenting Research project. Ms. Ferguson joined SHLI in 2007 as Research Assistant to Dr. Satcher. During her tenure at SHLI, Ms. Ferguson has built strategic partnerships to advance the SHLI health equity platform around childhood obesity prevention and parent leadership to promote positive early childhood health outcomes; conducted leadership trainings for community teams; lead SAS workshops for faculty, students, residents and staff; and served as Qualitative Data Coordinator for the Atlanta Promise Neighborhoods planning grant. Ms. Ferguson has co-authored a number of posters and articles, written grants, designed evaluation plans, and project budgets. As Program Manager, Ms. Ferguson serves as a liaison between SHLI and communities in Atlanta and across the country. In 2012, Ms. Ferguson was recognized by SAMHSA in 2012 for “Outstanding Service and Leadership” in the SHLI Smart & Secure Children’s Village. She currently chairs the SHLI Hot Topics Committee and serves as board member for the Atlanta University Center Consortium CommUniversity Board.  

Before coming to SHLI, Ms. Ferguson earned her BA in Mathematics with a high school teaching minor from Berea College in Kentucky and earned her Masters of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Ms. Ferguson has served as adjunct faculty at Georgia Perimeter College, co-authored several publications, chaired a school curriculum improvement committee, was recognized for service on her neighborhood social committee in 2014 and is active in youth mentoring as well as school and community improvement outreach.

Victor Ede, MBBS, MSCR
Evaluator
Email: vede@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1910

Sayon Cooper, MPH
Program Manager
Email: sicooper@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-6680

Mr. Sayon Cooper is Program Manager for the Integrated Care Leadership Program in the Division of Behavioral Health at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute.  Mr. Cooper’s job duties consist of retooling and revising the existing Transformative Leadership in Integrated Practice Curriculum.  In continuing this work, Mr. Cooper will play a key role in facilitating implementation of integrated care models in primary care centers within Georgia, as well as regionally and nationally. 

Prior to joining SHLI, Mr. Cooper worked at Grady Memorial Hospital for almost 10 years as a mental health social worker and other job titles such as data management specialist and discharge planner. He obtained his Masters in Public Health at Walden University and undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology at Abilene Christian University. At Abilene Christian, Mr. Cooper was an All American track star who was a NCAA champion in the 55m, 100m, and 200m in 1997. He also is a 2 times Olympian (1996, 2000) who ran for his native Country, Liberia.

Mr. Cooper was raised in Germantown, Maryland most of his life. His great-uncle was the 19th president of Liberia, serving from 1944-1971. Due to family history in politics, Mr. Cooper’s long-term goals consist of being involved in health policy and becoming a politician. Mr. Cooper regularly attends the Berean Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. He has 3 beautiful daughters who mean the world to him. 

Tasha Alston, MSW
Program Coordinator
Email: talston@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1893

Tasha Alston, M.S.W. is the Program Coordinator for Division of Behavioral Health: Satcher Health Leadership Institute’s Smart and Secure Children Parent Leadership Program. The Smart and Secure Children Parent Leadership Program is a quality parenting curriculum that is co-designed by parents and led by parents in the community. The Smart and Secure Children Parent Leadership Program prepares parents as leaders for transforming their parenting behaviors and leading their peers and community in changing existing parenting culture. The Smart and Secure Children Parent Leadership Program is delivered in a social supportive group, mentored by a parent and facilitated by a parent leader using a conversational learning method referred to as “conversepedia.”

Tasha Alston received her B.S.W from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and her M.S.W. from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Tasha Alston is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in the Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition and Development) department. Tasha Alston’s research is focused on African American fathers, academic achievement, parent engagement, parent involvement, and African American adolescents.

Tasha Alston, M.S.W. is a dedicated professional with 19 years of experience in social work, educational psychology, educational research, working with culturally and ethnically diverse communities, working with culturally and ethnically diverse families, working with parents and working with adolescents.

Ayanna N. Smith, BBA, MBA
Administrative Assistant III
Email: asmith@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-8961

Ayanna Smith is an Administrative Assistant III in the Behavioral Health Division of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (SHLI/MSM).  Mrs. Smith has been employed with SHLI/MSM for 6 years.  Ayanna is a native of Atlanta, GA and enjoys reading and spending time with her family & friends.

Juliet Muzere, DO
Resident Research Extern
Primary Affiliation: Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Email: jmuzere@gmail.com

Sharee Meredith
Research Fellow
Primary Affiliation: Emory University School of Medicine

Sharee Meredith is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College in 2012. She has also completed coursework in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Inter-professional training, collaborating with various disciplines including; medicine, physical therapy, nursing, and speech pathology. Ms. Meredith has conducted research in adolescent behavior, parenting, racial identity, interracial interactions, self-esteem, risky behavior, and HIV/AIDS prevention. She has also trained to facilitate women’s support groups.

Tameka Lawrence, MSCR
Resident Research Extern
Primary Affiliation: Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Tameka Lawrence, MSCR is a research student at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Georgia Southwestern State University as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Laboratory Technology from Auburn University. In 2015, she received her Masters from Morehouse School of Medicine in Clinical Research. During her Masters she took courses in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology and Research plus conducted epidemiology research studies of her own. She has also received an Excellence in Clinical Research award from the Masters of Science in Clinical research program in 2015.

Sushma Kurella, MPH
Resident Research Extern
Primary Affiliation: Georgia Southern University

Sushma Kurella is a new intern for Integrated Care Leadership program in Satcher Health leadership Institute. Her background is MPH from Georgia Southern University. She finished her BDS from India. Sushma wants to continue her focus of research on mental health and oral health issues in future.

Center of Excellence for Sexual Health (CESH)

Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, MEd, BSN, RN, CSE
Director, Center of Excellence for Sexual Health

Associate Professor (CHPM)/Medical Education
Email: cbayer@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-8694

Carey Roth Bayer, Ed.D., M.Ed., B.S.N., R.N., C.S.E., has published in journals, books, websites, and film. Her work has been funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, the Office of Adolescent Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and, the Ford Foundation. She is an associate professor in the departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine as well as Medical Education at Morehouse School of Medicine. She also serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Roth Bayer teaches medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, public health students, and community students in the areas of human sexuality throughout the lifespan, leadership, parent-child communication around sexual health, curriculum development, teaching methods, and community health. Her scholarship focuses on training health professionals to address human sexuality with patients across the lifespan.

Dr. Roth Bayer earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Xavier University, a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sexuality Educator and has served in leadership capacities with national and international organizations such as AASECT, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Bayer serves on the Editorial Board of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and reviews for the Journal of Sex Research, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, and the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Allyson Belton, MPH
Associate Project Director, Center of Excellence for Sexual Health
Email: abelton@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-8456

Allyson S.  Belton, MPH is an Associate Project Director in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine.  Prior to joining SHLI, Allyson was a research assistant in the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI), also at Morehouse School of Medicine, working with the Center for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) Program, and later the RCMI Center of Excellence in Clinical and Translational Research (R-CENTER) Pilot and Career Development Program.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College and a Masters of Public Health from Georgia State University.  

Combining her scientific background with her interest in health, she has worked in various capacities of clinical and social/behavioral research for the last eight (8) years.  Allyson has long maintained a heart for working with people and her overall goal is to continue working within the public health sector to bring about better awareness towards better health.  Her areas of interest are most related to the development and improvement of community health initiatives among diverse communities through the examination of behaviors and lifestyles.

Ravish Patel, MD, MHSA
Research Assistant, Center of Excellence for Sexual Health
Primary Affiliation: Georgia State University
Email: rbp1028@gmail.com

Ravish Patel is a M.D. with a keen interest in research in mental health and primary care.  He attended Georgia State University for his undergraduate education, where he completed his Pre‐medical track.  In addition, Ravish completed and earned his Masters of Health Service Administration along-side his Medical Degree.  Ravish is passionate about community service and making a positive impact to people’s lives.  He enjoys various professional sports, gardening, cooking, movies, fitness, and spending time with family and friends.  Finally, Ravish is an active member with BAPS Charities, a not for profit organization assisting communities in various ways, including health fairs, food and blood drives, community cleanup, cloths recycling, and aiding communities that were affected by severe natural disasters.

Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved

Henrie Treadwell, PhD
Founding Director and Senior Advisor
Research Professor, Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Chair, The Links Incorporated, National Childhood Obesity Initiative
Email: htreadwell@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-8914

Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D. is Founding Executive Director and Senior Advisor for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved. Dr. Treadwell also has an appointment as a full-time Research Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Chair of The Links Incorporated, National Childhood Obesity Initiative. Her work encompasses formulation of health and social policy options, oversight of programs designed to address health disparities and the social determinants of health, and special programs to facilitate re-entry into community of those engaged with the criminal justice system with a special emphasis on poor boys and men/boys and men of color. Dr. Treadwell is also co-editor of “Health Issues in the Black Community (2009)” and Section Editor-Social Determinants in the Journal of Men’s Health. She also oversees the dissemination of policy briefs, fact sheets and other media products to inform the policy makers and the public and communities of policy and program options to improve health access.

Dr. Treadwell’s educational background includes the bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, in which she enrolled as the first African American student as a result of a desegregation lawsuit. Her further education was at Boston University where she obtained a master’s degree in biology, and Atlanta University where she received the Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Treadwell has also completed postdoctoral work at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Treadwell frequently appears on syndicated radio and television networks aired throughout the world. In addition, she is a published author of numerous monographs and peer reviewed articles. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Public Health and the International Journal of Men’s Health and Gender; she also serves on the external advisory committee for the MPH program at Morehouse School of Medicine and she is a recent inductee into the Leadership Atlanta Fellowship Class of 2006. She serves as a member of several professional organizations including and the American Public Health Association, Academy Health, Women in Philanthropy, and Sigma Xi. Dr. Treadwell is also a member of several organizations dedicated to community services including Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and The Links, Inc.

Starla Hairston Blanks, MBA, MPH, CPHP
Director
Email: shairston-blanks@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1977:

Starla Hairston Blanks, MBA, CPHP is the Director of Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved of Morehouse School of Medicine which is dedicated to addressing health disparities, research, policy and practice. Mrs. Blanks oversees all Community Voices operations and research efforts focused on health equity, health disparities, training and technical assistance. Additionally, she is charged with the evaluation of numerous nationwide projects related to community health, access to care, health policy, diabetes and nutrition. To this position she brings experience working at the local, state, and national levels on health promotion, health policy, diversity and access to care issues. Ms. Blanks has published in several peer-reviewed journals, co-authored book chapters, written articles for community newspapers, and provided interviews for local radio shows concerning health equity and disparities. She is a nationally recognized trainer with certifications in public health practice, adult learning, community organizing, smoking cessation and chronic disease who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in non-profit leadership and is obtaining a Master’s degree in public health.

Oluwatoyosi Adekeye, DrPH, MBBS, MPH, CPH
Director, Community Health Leadership Program
Director, NCPC Cultural Competency Programs
Instructor, Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine
Email: oadekeye@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-1278

Dr. Adekeye completed his medical training at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria in 2005. He subsequently worked in a combined President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S. Department of Defense funded HIV program in northern Nigeria. Dr. Adekeye moved to the U.S. in 2008 and received a Masters of Public Health and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010.

Prior to joining the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Dr. Adekeye served as a health literacy consultant with the North Carolina Health Literacy Council at the Center for Youth Family and Community Partnerships, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He was also a Secretary of the Smoke Free Guilford Coalition, a statewide coalition instrumental in mobilizing grassroots’ support and passage of tobacco legislation in North Carolina.

Following completion of the fellowship program, Dr. Adekeye remained at Morehouse School of Medicine where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. He directs cultural competency training at the National Center for Primary Care and the Community Health Leadership Program at Satcher Health Leadership Program. In June 2015, he completed his doctorate in public health from the University of Georgia.

He enjoys working with and advocating for the health of immigrant, elderly, and minority populations. His interests include HIV AIDS as it disproportionately affects minority populations, health literacy, and cultural competency from the public health policy perspective.

Jareese K. Stroud, BA
Program Manager
Email: jstroud@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1907

Jareese Stroud is the Program Manager for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Her supportive research focuses on Childhood Obesity Prevention, Oral Health, and Prison Reentry. She attended Morris Brown College where she graduated Cum Laude in June 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. She was the recipient of many honors and awards for her leadership as well as academic studies. Ms. Stroud firmly supports the vision of Community Voices by assisting the Director in implementing the primary program focus on a local and national level. Additional experience includes management, administration, communication, and strategic development/planning. Ms. Stroud lends her talent to her personal mission of providing a voice for the underserved.

Whitney C. Graves, MPH
Research Assistant
Email: wgraves@msm.edu
Phone: 404-756-8914

Whitney C. Graves, MPH is a Research Assistant for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. With this position, she has provided program technical assistance and research support for numerous projects addressing: chronic disease among adult populations, childhood obesity, oral health, and healthcare reform.

Ms. Graves is a native of Hampton, VA and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (with a concentration in Pre-Medicine) from Elizabeth City State University in 2011. However, her desire to solely pursue a career in medicine was altered by her participation in several research programs that sparked her interest in the field of Public Health. With a concentration in Epidemiology, Ms. Graves recently received her Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in May 2013. In the future, she plans to attend medical school and wants to specialize in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. As a physician, she hopes to continue to serve medically underserved communities and contribute to research targeting health disparities among impacted minority populations.

Harriet Brown, MPH
Research Assistant
Email: habrowne@gmail.com
Primary Affiliation: CHLP Alumna

Role: Research Assistant, to evaluate the impact of the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Community Health Leadership Program’s (CHLP) and to assist with administrative assignments for the division.

Latempestt Johnson
Case Manager, PATH Program
Email: latjohnson@msm.edu

Tempestt Johnson is a Case Manager for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her position supports the activities of the PATH Program, which is designed to transform at-risk youth and increase their employability. Tempestt is a 2013 graduate of Jackson State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education. She is currently obtaining her Master of Business Administration degree from Shorter University. Ms. Johnson is committed to helping at-risk youth make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential.

Jumaanah Harris
Intern
Email: jharris@msm.edu

Jumaanah Harris is an undergraduate intern for Community Voices and a senior at Spelman College. Upon completing her senior year, Jumaanah hopes to spend a year giving back to our global community through service. She plans to follow a career path focused on presenting scientific evidence that demonstrates how closely human and animal welfare are aligned. Jumaanah hopes to explore infectious diseases, wildlife health and trade, and the treatment of animals in order to understand how the well-being of animals affects the health of humans. Her overall commitment is to provide compelling and useful research to aid in the improvement of human health and animal treatment.

Olivia Osaji
Research Intern
Email: oosaji@msm.edu

Olivia Osaji (Starkville, MS) is a research assistant for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. Ms. Osaji attended Mississippi State University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences (concentration pre-med) in 2012. In fall of 2014 she matriculated to Morehouse School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH) program and is currently a rising second-year student. Her interests include global health, oral health, and environmental health. She is also interested in HPV and oral cancer, and hopes to contribute research to provide preventive measures/tools against such health risks.

Upon completion of the MPH program, she plans to attend dental school and wants to specialize in Orthodontics. As an orthodontist, she hopes to provide not only basic dental care to rural/underserved communities, but to also provide patients with a natural beautiful smile to help boost one’s self-confidence and self-image. She would also love to return back to her father’s native country of Nigeria to provide dental services and prevention methods of oral cancer and other oral diseases through a non-profit organization she wishes to establish.

Division of Health Policy

Health Policy Team b

 

Harry J Heiman, MD, MPH
Division Director, Division of Health Policy
Email: hheiman@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1694

Dr. Heiman is Director of the Division of Health Policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, with over twenty years of clinical practice experience prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 2009. He directs the post-doctoral health policy fellowship program at SHLI and teaches medical students, pharmacy students, and residents in the Department of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his master’s in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. From September 2012 to August 2013, Dr. Heiman was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow in Washington, D.C. and served on committee staff for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives under Ranking Member Henry Waxman.

Dr. Heiman’s areas of interest and expertise include health policy, health disparities and health equity, and health system transformation. In July 2014, he was appointed to the Southeastern Health Equity Council, one of ten regional health equity councils in the U.S. formed as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. He is also a board member and past Board Chair of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a state-wide consumer health advocacy organization.

Brian McGregor, PhD
Behavioral Health Disparities Researcher
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Email: bmcgregor@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1704

Dr. McGregor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and a Behavioral Health Disparities Researcher in the Division of Health Policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morehouse College and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He is a past fellow of the American Psychological Association, specializing in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse among ethnic/racial minorities. He was an inaugural Health Policy Leadership Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in 2009-2010, where his focus was on mental health policy and practices and health disparities affecting African American boys and men of color. Dr. McGregor has also served as a clinician and supervisor of mental health services at medium and maximum security correctional facilities in the state of Alabama and as a researcher for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved.

Dr. McGregor’s work in the SHLI Division of Health Policy is focused on developing community partnerships and collaborations intersecting the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice to support policies and programs that reduce recidivism and improve behavioral health outcomes. He is also involved in the implementation and evaluation of innovative health care strategies designed to improve health care access, quality and outcomes among underserved and disenfranchised populations. Dr. McGregor is committed to developing effective leadership strategies, policies, and practices designed to reduce disparities and advance equity in health and mental health.

L. Lerissa Smith, BS, MPH
Program Manager
Email: llsmith@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1825

Lerissa Smith is the Program Manager for the Division of Health Policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has Masters in Public Health and over ten years of public health experience in a variety of settings.

Before joining SHLI, Ms. Smith worked with the Georgia Department of Public Health developing a multi-year, comprehensive, statewide HIV Prevention Plan aligning Georgia’s HIV prevention efforts with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Prior to coming to Georgia, she worked with the University of Maryland School of Medicine as a member of the Robert Gallo Institute of Human Virology. While at the Institute, she conducted complex psychosocial assessments of HIV-positive patients, while simultaneously serving as the Project Coordinator and Analyst for a large five-year NIH grant. Ms. Smith has also been an advocate for advancements in public health through her employment with the American Psychological Association, Thompson Reuters Healthcare, and the Howard University D.C. Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities.

Deborah B. Jones, BS
Administrative Assistant III
Email: dejones@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1745

Deborah B. Jones is an Administrative Assistant III in the Health Policy Division of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Ms. Jones has been employed with MSM for many years working in various departments including Admissions, Pathology, Special Events, and the President’s Office. She left the President’s Office in 2006 to assist in the establishment of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. She is a native of Atlanta and enjoys playing tennis, watching football, and having fun with family and friends.

2015-2016 Health Policy Leadership Fellows

Carizma Amila Chapman, DMFT, PhD(c), LMFT
Email: cachapman@msm.edu

Carizma Amila is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Family Educator with a passion for collaborating with families, communities, and organizations in the promotion of community health. Trained as a behavioral scientist with concentrations in public health, systems consultation, and bioethics, she received her master’s degree at Appalachian State University and doctorate at Loma Linda University. Amila’s professional experience includes international community assessments, program development, program evaluation, and the provision of educational and therapeutic services related to HIV, attachment-based parenting, obesity, and addiction. She strives to address the systemic nature of health disparities by addressing the public/behavioral health dynamics by which they are created and perpetuated.  She adopts pragmatic approaches, using partnerships and research to increase the availability and accessibility of interventions needed by underserved, minority, and substance abusing populations.

As a Health Policy Fellow, Amila hopes to advance her understanding of health inequities, behavioral health, and sexual and reproductive health, and develop her ability to use social policy and leadership to advance health equity.  After completing the fellowship program, Amila plans to lead community-based partnerships and programs to improve family health and combat treatment disparities among marginalized and underserved populations.

Angelica Geter, DrPH, MPH
Email: ageter@msm.edu

Angelica earned her B.S in Psychology at Mississippi College and her M.P.H in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She completed her doctoral studies in Health Behavior with a minor in Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky. Her current research and teaching interests include the intersection of sexual health, HIV/STI prevention, and health policy, particularly among young African American men. For the past eight years her primary research focus has been on HIV-related risk behaviors, promotion of innovative research, and development of interventions that advance the sexual health and health equity of African American men.

During her doctoral program she examined behavioral and biomedical trends of HIV/STI transmission in the African American community. Angelica also served on the steering committees and as data manager for two National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded clinical trials. The first is the only study to nationally test the efficacy of a CDC High Impact Prevention Intervention–Focus on the Future–targeting young African American MSM. The second study, Achieving Condom Empowerment, is a multisite clinical-trial examining the sexual risk behavior of young African American men (15 to 23 years of age). As a result of her work, Angelica has coauthored a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

Renee Monique Haynes, MD, MPH
Email: mohaynes@msm.edu

Monique was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and grew up in Miami, Florida. She earned a B.S. degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Health at Florida International University with certificates in epidemiology and health promotion. She received her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Monique completed her family medicine residency at the University of Florida in Clearwater, Florida. She is board certified in family medicine.

Monique is a Combined Health Policy/GaLEND Fellow, participating in both the Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program and GaLEND Program at Georgia State University. She is committed to increasing the visibility of marginalized populations and developing the policy and advocacy skills needed to be an effective advocate for persons with disabilities. Her long-term goal is to work with the U.S. government to improve the health resources of marginalized populations in the Southeastern United States.

Mario Ramsey, JD, MPH
Email: mramsey@msm.edu

Mario is a native of Pineville, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Science at Clemson University, Master of Public Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, and his Juris Doctorate at Wake Forest University School of Law.  His research interests focus on access to health care, including the ACA and Medicare policies—with particular interest on how such policies affect minorities and other disadvantaged populations.

Mario has worked in different capacities in health policy settings since 2009, including creating reports as a health care analyst with the Government Accountability Office, working on access issues for older Americans at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and working as a health care navigator at Legal Aid of North Carolina. He is committed to advancing policies targeted to improving the health of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

Centers

Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research (TCC)

Jammie Hopkins, DrPH, MS
Project Director
Assistant Professor, Department Community Health & Preventive Medicine
Email: jhopkins@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-8923

Dr. Jammie M. Hopkins is driven to educate, empower, and enable individuals, organizations, and institutions to sustain healthy lifestyles. Dr. Hopkins earned his BS in Exercise Science from University of California, Davis, his MS in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Policy Leadership in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine. He currently serves as Project Director for the NIH‐funded Transdisclipinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine, where he also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.

As a community health researcher, administrator, and public health practitioner Dr. Hopkins is committed to operating at the intersections of policy, research, and practice to promote healthy lifestyles and eliminate health disparities among vulnerable populations. His primary focus area is in community and organizational‐level active living and healthy eating promotion. He is particularly passionate about “re‐engineering” physical activity, healthy eating, and other wellness activities into environments where people live, work, play, socialize, learn, and worship. As Project Director for the TCC for Health Disparities Research, Dr. Hopkins is responsible for maximize communication, collaboration, operational synergy, accountability, transparency, and productivity among a diverse group of stakeholders involved in health disparities‐oriented health policy research. His current independent research is focused on 1) community‐based wellness leadership training programming, and 2) evaluating the impact of multi‐sector collaborative initiatives on community health.

Dr. Hopkins is also a personal fitness trainer, trained in exercise physiology, and a certified Emotional Competence Coach through Equilibrium Dynamics, Inc. In his leisure time he enjoys West African dance, CrossFit, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Divine Offoegbu, DrPH, MPH
Project Manager
Email: doffoegbu@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1933

Divine Offoegbu is the Program Manager for the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research (TCC) at the Morehouse School of Medicine. The TCC is dedicated to eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity by informing health policy and practice through innovative research and scientific evidence. Dr. Offoegbu provides essential management and coordination of administrative, communication, dissemination, outreach and research technical assistance for the TCC. Prior to joining the TCC, she served as the Program Manager for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI), Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Offoegbu is a public health practitioner with research interests in cancer health disparities, chronic disease management, quality improvement and health policy. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the historic Tuskegee University, a Master of Public health degree in Healthcare Administration, Management and Policy from Morehouse School of Medicine and a Doctor of Public Health degree from Georgia Southern University, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.

Zoe Dale, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Email: zdale@gmh.edu
Phone: (404) 333-2399

Zoe Dale is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Georgia.  She has 10 years of experience providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to adults using a culturally centered, cognitive behavioral approach.  She is passionate about working with individuals from diverse, cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds and has provided services in a variety of settings from out-patient, in-patient, including the prison population, to within the indigenous communities of Alaska. Zoe is committed to empowering patients to live their lives in healthy, authentic, and fulfilling ways.  

Nandish Patel, MD, MHSA
Research Extern, TCC for Health Disparities Research (Project Thrive/Subproject 2); St. Lucia Global Health Project
Primary Affiliation: Georgia State University
Email: dish24@gmail.com

Dr. Nandish Patel attended Georgia State University for his undergraduate studies. He then went on to complete a Masters in Health Service Administration and a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.  Dr. Patel is passionate about research, particularly in the field of psychiatry and behavioral medicine.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Patel is actively engaged in community service and voluntary work. He is an avid sports fan, who enjoys watching and playing sports. His other hobbies include watching movies, working out, and spending time with his friends and family.

Jasmine Lucas
Undergraduate Intern
Primary Affiliation: Spelman College- Senior
Email: jlucas2@scmail.spelman.edu

Jasmine Lucas is currently a senior at Spelman College where she is obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in public health. She is originally from Dallas, Texas. Upon graduation in May 2016, Jasmine plans to continue her education by enrolling in a Masters of Public Health program with a concentration in epidemiology, focusing on community outreach and engagement. Jasmine’s interest in public health started when she began to notice the inequities in her own neighborhood growing up, and felt she wanted to gain education so that she could find research based and evidenced based strategies to eliminate those inequities. Upon attaining her MPH, Jasmine plans to continue her education to obtain her PhD in public health, Jasmine plans to work for the state or local government, researching methods to decrease disparities in low income neighborhoods such as inadequate access to health care, lack of available healthy food stores, lack of adequate housing, and a generally unsafe living environment.

Furthermore, Jasmine’s interest in research began when she had the opportunity to conduct research at Louisiana State University on homework practices and factors that prevent children from completing their homework. Since that experience, Jasmine has worked on research projects focusing on educational and mental disparities among African Americans. She is very interested in disparities overall and hopes to dedicate her career to this research.

Jasmine is president of the Spelman College Health Careers Club, and a student researcher with the Spelman College RISE scholars. In her free time, she enjoys attending exercise classes, reading, and going to the park.

Sheena Dorvila
Research Intern, TCC for Health Disparities Research (Project Thrive/Subproject 2); St. Lucia Global Health Project
Primary Affiliation: Emory University MPH Student
Email: sheena.dorvil@emory.edu

The Kennedy Center For Mental Health Policy & Research

Harry J Heiman, MD, MPH
Co-Interim Director, The Kennedy Center For Mental Health Policy & Research
Director, Division of Health Policy
Email: hheiman@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 752-1694

Dr. Heiman is Director of the Division of Health Policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, with over twenty years of clinical practice experience prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine in 2009. He directs the post-doctoral health policy fellowship program at SHLI and teaches medical students, pharmacy students, and residents in the Department of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his master’s in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. From September 2012 to August 2013, Dr. Heiman was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow in Washington, D.C. and served on committee staff for the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives under Ranking Member Henry Waxman.

Dr. Heiman’s areas of interest and expertise include health policy, health disparities and health equity, and health system transformation. In July 2014, he was appointed to the Southeastern Health Equity Council, one of ten regional health equity councils in the U.S. formed as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. He is also a board member and past Board Chair of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a state-wide consumer health advocacy organization.

Glenda Wrenn, MD
Co-Interim Director, The Kennedy Center For Mental Health Policy & Research
Director, Division of Behavioral Health
Email: gwrenn@msm.edu
Phone: (404) 756-5293

Glenda Wrenn, MD (Psychiatry) received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Nuclear Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania where she participated in the Clinical Research Scholars Program in Psychiatry. Her clinical and research interests include enhancing resiliency of communities, integrating systems of mental health care, developing effective systems to respond to mass trauma, and addressing health disparities in mental health access.