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Dr. Charles Beverley, Jr. is a native of Saluda, Virginia who has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Policy and Management from the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a Masters in Information Systems from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

During his doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Beverley worked as a graduate research assistant for the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at USC. In this position, he conducted research, performed statistical analyses using SAS, and contributed to the production of manuscripts in health disparities, healthcare informatics, and HIV/AIDS for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Also, Dr. Beverley worked as a Health Educator on a multi-million dollar federal health promotion study for the University of California in San Francisco. In this position, he taught and counseled army soldiers in two health promotion programs called 'Staying Safe and In Control' and 'Fit You'. In both programs, he was a subject matter expert in HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention, substance abuse, alcoholism, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, intimate partner violence, healthy living, and interventions to prevent risky behaviors.

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Beverley received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Public Health Informatics and Surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. Currently, his core responsibilities at the CDC include identifying existing evidence-based health promotion interventions targeting people with disabilities, determining ways to adapt these interventions, and conducting analyses related to comparative health surveillance of people with and without disabilities to identify health disparities.


Dr. W. Andre Walker is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) and the Office of Public Health Practice. Dr. Walker graduated from the Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) Department of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC) in December 2011. Dr. Walker has worked in the field of public health since 1995, first as the Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator at Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council and then in 2006 as Research Project Director of a 5-year multi- million dollar (Brown University, Emory University, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, and The University of South Carolina) research project funded by the National Institutes of Health. The research project targeted HIV Prevention Strategy for High Risk African American Youth. Dr .Walker has served as contractual data consultant with MEE Productions a communications, research and marketing firm based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that specializes in developing cost - effective and culturally relevant media messages for hard-to-reach urban and ethnic audiences.

Dr. Walker has also served 8 years as a United States Naval Reservist, where he was awarded the national defense service medal for his honorable service as medical support personnel in operation desert shield.

Dr. Walker's research emphasis includes: health disparities/health equity, oral health, minority health, health policy, access to care in rural and underserved populations. Dr. Walker's academic training and professional experiences in life have laid the foundation for his research in health disparities.


Minnjuan Flournoy, PhD, MPH, is a native of Warsaw, NC. Dr. Flournoy's research is dedicated to eliminating health disparities in rural, minority, underserved, and disenfranchised communities. Her research focus includes access and utilization to health services, infectious and chronic disease prevention and management, emergency preparation and management, and program/project evaluation. Dr. Flournoy is currently the evaluator for the Coordinating Center of Excellence in the Social Promotion of Health Equity through Research, Education, and Community Engagement, a grant received by the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Flournoy was the recipient of two esteemed doctoral fellowships during her academic matriculation: the Mobilizing Against Threats to Community Health (MATCH) Fellowship funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the USC/Claflin Centers of Excellence in Partnerships, Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities, and Training (EXPORT) Fellowship funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her dissertation, entitled "Organizational barriers to and facilitators of patient engagement processes for PLWHA: A case study analysis of an oral health services program" is being considered for the Academy Health Dissertation of the Year Award.

Dr. Flournoy is a regular reviewer of manuscripts and textbooks for the Journal of the National Medical Association, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, and Delmar Cengage Learning. She has also published articles in journals including Public Health Reports and the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Dr. Flournoy has been an active member of several professional/academic organizations, including (but not limited to) the American Public Health Association, the National Rural Health Association, and the American Psychological Association. She has served as an abstract reviewer and session moderator in the APHA Community Health Program and Policy Development section. She presented oral and poster presentations at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition. Additionally, she has served as a program planner and is the current membership chair for the Women's Caucus.

Dr. Flournoy has years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, using traditional and non-traditional methods. She has taught courses such as Personal and Community Health, Introduction to Mental Health, The Healthcare Organization, Healthcare Organization and Management, Health Behavior, and Health Policy and Ethics in Public Health, Disaster Management for Public Health Professionals, Cultural Diversity in Public Health, and Capstone for Masters of Public Health. Dr. Flournoy currently serves as the course lead and subject matter expert in Organization and Management for Health Care and Cultural Diversity in Public Health.

Dr. Flournoy serves as the chair of the Jones Memorial AME Zion Church Health and Wellness Ministry. Additionally, she is a board member of the Jones Memorial Community Development Corporation. Currently, Dr. Flournoy serves on the Physical and Mental Health Committee in her chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has served on several special national and regional committees within Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Flournoy received her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services, Policy, and Management from the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Minnjuan is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Taft University.


Dr. Crystal Piper is a graduate of the USC- Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Policy and Management. During Dr. Piper’s doctoral studies, she concentrated on policies and programs that impact minority health. As a USC Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD) fellowship recipient, she researched, published, and presented her work at national conferences. Funding from IPEHD during her doctoral studies afforded her the opportunity to work on several health disparities related studies and projects.

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Piper received a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the USC South Carolina Rural Health Research Center and IPEHD where she received research training that led to at least three publications each year since 2007. In her current position as a tenured-track assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Dr. Piper devotes 50% of her time to research.

Dr. Piper has been awarded two grants to conduct health disparities related research on cervical cancer, and to develop a pipeline approach to increase minorities entering the field of public health, in partnership with Johnson C. Smith University. Dr. Piper has also been selected to participate in an International Child Health & Nutrition Disparities Research Initiative in New Delhi, India.

Dr. Piper’s research interests in health disparities have been shaped over the past fifteen years, and are guided by her belief that quality health care is a right and not a privilege. Her academic training, personal and professional experiences in life have laid the foundation for her research in health disparities.


Dr. Lisa Wigfall’s research interests are focused on reducing and ultimately eliminating health and health care disparities experienced by persons both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Wigfall is interested in the early detection of HIV infection and entry/retention in HIV care, especially among vulnerable populations such as those residing in rural and/or otherwise medically-underserved geographical areas. This also includes older adults who are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection late in the disease progress and as a result, experience poor health outcomes related to HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Wigfall is also very interested in reducing cancer risk and the burden of HIV/AIDS-associated cancers among HIV-positive persons by improving the quality of care received across the cancer care continuum. Dr. Wigfall wants to accomplish this by working with community partners to address health system failures in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment to cancer that negatively impacts cancer survivorship. An emerging area of research interest for Dr. Wigfall is the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology to address these (i.e., HIV/AIDS and cancer) and other health and health care disparities.

Dr. Wigfall obtained her doctoral degree from USC Arnold School of Public in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.


Larrell Wilkinson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD), graduating from the Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) Department of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC) in May of 2011. Dr. Wilkinson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Tennessee State University in 2000. He completed his Master of Science in Public Health degree in Health Promotion Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) in 2005. Larrell has worked in the field of public health since 2004, first as the Coordinator of the Office of Alcohol & Drug Programs at USC and then as its Director in 2005. Serving as Director of a new office, the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention & Education, from 2005 through 2009, he was responsible for transitioning the office from event based programming and peer education toward a focus on evidence-based practices and community coalition building.

Currently, his core responsibilities at IPEHD include serving as principal investigator/project manager of the small pilot study entitled Stress Coping & Obstruction: Prevention & Education (SCOPE) Project; serving as Program Director/Co-Investigator of the Project 3 Mental Health & Sleep Quality component of the Soldier Health Promotion to Examine and Reduce Health Disparities (SHPERHD) Research Study, and collaborating with community organizations and research teams to implement community programs and apply for grant funding. Dr. Wilkinson’s research emphasis includes: health disparities/health equity, young adult wellness, access and utilization of health care and psychosocial health. Dr. Wilkinson also focuses on disease and disability prevention through applying the life-course perspective and community-based participatory research.

Presently, Dr. Wilkinson is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and is a member of the African American Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. While a doctoral candidate, he received the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation Award in Patient Reported Outcomes in 2010 and was the recipient of the ASPH Doctoral Scholarship in 2009. Larrell first arrived in Columbia in 2002 as a graduate student from Stone Mountain, GA. He credits his experiences in the Columbia area in shaping his desire to “help people succeed through social enterprise, community engagement, and individual encouragement.”

 

 


 
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