Publications: Take a look at my recent publications via “My Bibliography” on PubMed.
While I was faculty at UAB, I worked with data from two large NIH funded cohort studies examining racial disparities in cardiovascular disease.
The REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is an observational study of risk factors for stroke in adults 45 years or older living throughout the continuous 48 states in the US. The REGARDS-MI ancillary study focuses on coronary heart disease (CHD) outcomes. The focus of my work with this study was on psychological and social risk factors such as poverty, stress, and depression on CHD outcomes.
The Jackson Heart Study is the largest single-site, prospective, epidemiologic investigation of cardiovascular disease among African Americans ever undertaken with recruitment primarily from participants in the Jackson, Mississippi area. I worked with this data as a part of the Jackson Heart Study Hypertension Working Group.
Another research interest of mine is the impact of the criminal justice system on health care and health status, particularly for minority and low-income individuals.
The Transitions Clinic Network (TCN) is a national network of medical homes for individuals with chronic diseases recently released from prison. Founded on the idea that the people closest to the problem are also closest to the solution, each clinic that adopts the Transitions Clinic Program employs a community health worker (CHW) with a history of incarceration as part of the clinical team to assist individuals returning home from prison with a health re-integration into their lives and neighborhoods. I served as the TCN liaison for the Alabama Transitions Clinic funded through a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center award.
UAB Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC) is the designated Community Corrections Program for Jefferson County, Alabama, and through various grants and contracts administers a myriad of city, county, and state programs offering community-based alternatives to offenders who would otherwise burden the justice system with their persistent criminal behavior. I’ve worked closely with faculty and staff at TASC on several projects, including the Transitions Clinic Network project and a currently funded project to conduct cardiovascular risk assessments among their clients.