Kellogg Health Scholars Program

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HPDP oversees the UNC site of the Kellogg Community Health Scholars Program (CHSP). Scholars at UNC participate in the Community Track, which is based upon the former Community Health Scholars Program and highlights community-based participatory research and relationships between academe, community and public health practice. The goal of the program is to increase the number of Scholars in schools of public health and other academic centers with community health disciplines, who possess the capacity to use the method of service learning and the principles of community-based research, to understand determinants of community health and to build the capacity of communities, health agencies, and academic centers to function as equal partners in research, service, and education.

At the end of a Scholar’s tenure with the Program, he or she will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of community health determinants through participation in organized service to meet the needs of communities,
  2. Apply the principles of community-based research through participation in collaborative intervention studies,
  3. Demonstrate the methods of service learning through participation as a co-facilitator or co-preceptor of courses, field practica, or continuing education workshops.

HPDP administers the CHSP grant and offers support to the two scholars who enter the program each year.

2010-2012 Kellogg Health Scholars

Barbara Baquero

Barbara Baquero

Barbara Baquero, Ph.D.

Email: bbaquero@email.unc.edu

Barbara Baquero completed the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health (Health Behavior) at San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego.

Barbara migrated to the U.S. from Venezuela twelve years ago. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in her native country and holds a MPH in Health Promotion from San Diego State University. For the last nine years she has been working at the Center for Behavioral and Community Health Studies (BACH) at San Diego State University, conducting NIH and CDC funded community based health promotion and disease prevention research studies focusing on Latinos. In 2008, Barbara received the ASPH/CDC/PRC research fellowship to conduct her dissertation study. Her study examines the social-ecological influences on obesity among Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans living on or around the border region of Southern California. The fellowship provided Barbara with the opportunity to work in population-based research, specifically; examining the social-cultural determinants of health using community based participatory research methods. She is interested in furthering the understanding of the social and cultural implications and correlates of health among Latinos and racial/ethnic diverse groups through the application of community based participatory research methods.

Briana Woods

Briana Woods

Briana Woods, Ph.D.

Email: bawoods@email.unc.edu

Briana Woods holds a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from University of Washington completed her clinical internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Throughout her graduate work, Briana was supported by a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and grants from the American Psychological Association and the University of Washington. Briana’s dissertation examined the influence of neighborhood, family, and emotion regulation on adolescent health risk behaviors. Her current research interests focus on the relationship between violence exposure and adolescent health risk behaviors and the role of community-level protective factors in supporting resilience among African American youth exposed to violence. She is active in academic and community projects to improve service providers’ ability to work with diverse populations and enhance community-academic partnerships. Prior to pursuing her doctorate Briana was an AmeriCorps volunteer organizing and supporting youth civic engagement activities and a community support worker providing outreach and behavioral health services to low-income youth and families. Briana plans to develop culturally-relevant, sustainable interventions to reduce sexual risk behavior and substance use and promote mental health among African American youth exposed to violence.

2009-2011 Kellogg Health Scholar

Chris Heaney

Chris Heaney

Chris Heaney, Ph.D.

Email: cdheaney@gmail.com

Chris Heaney earned his M.S. in environmental health microbiology and virology and his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2008. His dissertation, “Contact with Beach Sand and Risk of Illness”, examined the relationship between beach sand contact, densities of fecal microbial pollution in sand, and the risk of enteric and non-enteric illnesses. His research focuses on environmentally-mediated impacts on health and well-being, specifically community land use, waste disposal, and food production practices, and integrates the academic disciplines of environmental microbiology, molecular biology, atmospheric chemistry, epidemiology, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). His current projects include: (1) expansion of pilot research on water and air quality and its relation to health in communities neighboring landfills; (2) assessment of the public health impact of non-point source agricultural run-off from industrial vs. sustainable livestock operations; (3) development of quantitative molecular assays to track sources of microbial pollution in the environment; (4) examination of associations between daily changes in weather variables with daily hospital emergency department (ED) visits for gastrointestinal illness; and (5) design of a longitudinal study to relate microbiological water quality measures with the state of decaying infrastructure (water and sewer systems) and health effects. These projects: (1) emphasize partnerships with disproportionately exposed populations; (2) employ epidemiologic study designs and statistical analysis methods (repeated measures and fixed effects and mixed regression models) to reduce threats to validity when disproportionately exposed populations participate in research studies; (3) integrate novel molecular, chemical, and immunologic exposure measures into environmental epidemiologic studies; and (4) utilize existing data (weather, drinking water systems, hospital ED visits) to examine the broader health context of environmental factors. During his 10 years of CBPR practice, he has fostered collaborative partnerships with numerous community-based organizations across North Carolina, including the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, the West End Revitalization Association, the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, and the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help.

2008-2010 Kellogg Health Scholars

Yvonne Ferguson

Yvonne Ferguson

Yvonne Owens Ferguson, Ph.D.

Email: yferguso@email.unc.edu

Yvonne Owens Ferguson completed a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education, with a certificate in International Development, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Public Health in 2006.  Dr. Ferguson earned her MPH in the same department in1999 and holds a BS in Biology from Spelman College.  Her research examines HIV/AIDS related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among people of African descent in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.  For her dissertation research, Dr. Ferguson conducted a process evaluation to assess nurses’ implementation of an infant feeding counseling protocol delivered to HIV-infected mothers within the context of an HIV/AIDS clinical trial in Lilongwe, Malawi.  As a 2002 NIH Minority International Research Training Fellow, Dr. Ferguson conducted HIV/AIDS behavioral research in Cape Town, South Africa.  Using Critical Race Theory as a framework, Dr. Ferguson has published research examining the gender ratio imbalance and its relationship to HIV/AIDS risk among African American women at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Ferguson worked on minority women’s health policy issues for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She has received awards from the NIH, UNC University Center for International Studies, American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.  Dr. Ferguson’s community-based research experience spans over 10 years and her interests include public health disparities, HIV/AIDS and social theory.  Dr. Ferguson will continue to pursue her community-based research interests at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Keon Gilbert

Keon Gilbert

Keon L. Gilbert, Dr.P.H.

Email: gilbertk@email.unc.edu

Keon Gilbert completed his doctorate of public health (DrPH) degree in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh in 2009. After earning a B.S. in Biology from Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN), he obtained a joint master’s degree in African American Studies and Public Affairs from Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana).  His work experience includes a qualitative study to investigate the role of partnerships and its impact on community capacity at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health.  He also investigated the translation of clinical trials into community-based interventions that contribute to the elimination of racial/ethnic health disparities, and the role of community/university partnerships in maintaining these interventions to make sustainable changes.

Dr. Gilbert’s dissertation research is a meta-analysis of social capital and health promotion.  The results of his dissertation will help identify the precision of measurement of social capital and identify theoretical inconsistencies in measurement. This research will also advance the study of social capital by delineating the relationships between macro-to-micro-level factors influencing social capital. Additional aims are to further our knowledge about how social capital can be used to empower individuals and communities to increase community control, political efficacy, improve the quality of life and social justice. Dr. Gilbert seeks to use quantitative and qualitative methods in his work on social capital, community capacity, and community based participatory research.