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Board Members

The CCPH Board of Directors is reflective of our diverse constituencies, including communities, educational institutions, faculty, students, community-based organizations, government and philanthropy.

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CCPH board members and staff at the
September 2005 board meeting in Toronto


Cynthia Boyd

Cynthia Barnes-Boyd
Chicago, IL

Dr. Cynthia Boyd is the Director of the Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships for the University of Illinois at Chicago, Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs.   She is a Clinical Associate Professor, in the Community Health Sciences Division of the UIC School of Public Health and holds a similar appointment in the UIC College of Nursing.  Dr. Boyd is a co-leader for the Community Engagement and Research Core of the UIC Center for Clinical Translational Science where she facilitates community engagement.  She is co-investigator for the Center of Excellence for Eliminating Disparities, a UIC Center seeded by the Center for Disease Control.

In her role as Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN), Dr. Boyd facilitates community engagement from a framework of partnership principles developed with community and university stakeholders. These partnerships include administering federally qualified health centers that provide health care in schools located health centers serving vulnerable populations.  Her responsibilities include working with stakeholders to create and promote a community-driven research agenda to support community/university research partnerships.   Through the OCEAN Healthy City Collaborative, Dr. Boyd guides researchers through the process of preparing their research findings for community distribution and application in a real world context.

Dr. Boyd is a former chair and current member of the Board of Directors for the Community Campus Partnerships for Health, an international organization focused on social justice issues, community/university partnerships, community scholarship and community based participatory research among other important issues.  She serves on numerous community focused boards and committees including the National Assembly of School Based Health Care, the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities and the Illinois Public Health Institute. She has received numerous honors and awards including the:

  • Chancellor’s Award for Community Based Participatory Research, University of California Irvine
  • UIC City Partner Award
  • Renacer West Side Community Network, “Outstanding Community Commitment Award”
  • Power of Nursing Leadership Illinois Nurse Leader of the Year
  • Women Health Executives Network, “Annual Achievement in Health Care Management Award”
  • National Hook-up of Black Women & Chicago Urban League “Women in History Award”
  • American Academy of Pediatrics “Bronze Award” for Clinical Research
  • Metropolitan Health Care Council “Outstanding Woman Health Care Manager”

Dr. Boyd is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow Alumni, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Chicago Institute of Medicine.

Jen Kauper-Brown

Jen Brown
Chicago, IL


Jen Brown, MPH, is Director of the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC), the community-based participatory research (CBPR) program working with the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute. The ARCC mission is growing equitable and collaborative partnerships between Chicago area communities and Northwestern University for research that leads to measureable improvement in community health.

Jen has extensive experience and training in community health and community-academic partnerships, with an emphasis on program development and management, training design and delivery, institutional change efforts, network building and facilitation, and multi-institutional collaborations. Previously she worked with the University of Illinois-Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative. Prior to her move back to the Midwest, Jen was the Program Director for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, where she was responsible for managing the organization's CBPR-related projects and programs. 

Jen currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3), the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, and Board of Directors for the Chicago Women’s Health Center, and the Young Leaders Fund of The Chicago Community Trust.

Suzanne Cashman

Suzanne Cashman
Worchester, MA


Formally trained in health services research, evaluation and administration, Suzanne Cashman has spent the thirty-five years of her professional career teaching graduate courses in public health, conducting community-based evaluation research, and developing partnerships aimed at helping communities improve their health status.  Currently, Suzanne is Professor and Director of Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) where she has leadership responsibilities for developing the Department’s community health agenda and functions as faculty for the school’s preventive medicine residency. In addition, she serves as Co-Director of the school's Clinical and Translational Research Community Engagement Core and core investigator for its recently funded Prevention Research Center. She also founded and currently co-leads the University of Massachusetts Worcester’s Rural Health Scholars Program. From 2009-2012, Suzanne served as Principal Investigator for the school’s Corporation for National and Community Service Learn and Serve grant.

Suzanne provides evaluation technical assistance to the state’s Area Health Education Center and teaches public health skills to medical students and family medicine residents, as well as students in the Graduate School of Nursing and the School of Public Health. She co-leads the medical school’s new Determinants of Health course as well as its Community Engagement Committee, and has been instrumental in developing Worcester’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Suzanne joined the UMMS faculty in 1999, after having spent the preceding decade developing and nurturing a community-oriented primary care (COPC) focused, interprofessional preventive medicine fellowship in Boston, MA.  Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through its urban COPC national demonstration initiative, this project used the preventive medicine training template to launch a multi-professional training program aimed at teaching participants skills that would help them work collaboratively with communities to improve health. 

Currently, Suzanne is a Senior Consultant for CCPH, serves as an Associate Editor of CES4Health, and represents CCPH on the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force. In addition, she served as faculty for CCPH’s Service-Learning Institute for several years. Suzanne was a member of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research’s (APTR) board of directors for eight years. For the past nine years, she has facilitated and taught in APTR’s annual Paul Ambrose Symposium. Suzanne is the winner of several awards, most recently, the American Public Health Association’s Community-Based Public Health Caucus’s Tom Bruce Award for Community Engagement and APTR’s F. Marian Bishop Outstanding Educator of the Year award. 

Stephanie Farquhar

Stephanie Ann Farquhar
Portland, OR

Stephanie Ann Farquhar is Associate Professor of Community Health at Portland State University (PSU). Dr. Farquhar draws from the principles of community-based participatory research to address issues of social and environmental equity as it relates to health. In partnership with Multnomah County Health Department and several community organizations,  Dr. Farquhar completed a 3-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to examine the role of Community Health Workers and popular education in Latino and African American communities in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a researcher on a National Institutes of Health grant that seeks to reduce pesticides exposure and occupational stressors among indigenous farmworkers in Oregon. Dr. Farquhar is on the Board of
Directors of Upstream Public Health, and served as a commissioner on the  city/county Sustainable Development Commission. Prior to arriving at the  PSU School of Community Health, Dr. Farquhar completed a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and received her PhD from the  University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Rosey Hunter

Rosey Hunter
Salt Lake City, UT


As Special Assistant to the President of the University of Utah for Campus-Community Partnerships, Dr. Hunter's primary role is to guide and implement the mission of University Neighborhood Partners (UNP), a university-community partnership center that was recognized with the CCPH annual award honorable mention in 2010. UNP’s mission is "to bring together higher education and community resources for reciprocal learning, action, and benefit "( Its primary goals are to: 1) build the capacity of residents, community organizations, and the University of Utah to address issues of health, housing, employment, safety, and environment; 2) increasing access to educational opportunity and building educational pathways for youth and their families; 3) promoting the development of resident leadership and empowerment. The UNP model connects the teaching and research resources of institutions of higher education with community partners to develop mutually beneficial partnerships. Dr. Hunter has been the Director of UNP since 2006. She joined the faculty of the University of Utah in 1995, beginning with the College of Social Work, where Dr. Hunter is an Assistant Professor. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Hunter served as Director of Field Education and the Co-Director of the International Social Work program. Dr. Hunter has practice experience in community organization and development, school social work, educational administration and clinical social work. Her current areas of scholarship and teaching include: campus-community partnerships, community organization and practice, integration of new arriving populations (immigration and resettlement), and international social work.


Lynn Lavallee
Toronto, ON Canada

Lynn Lavall�e is Anishnaabek M�tis born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Her father (Lavall�e) and his many generations (Gauthier, Pepin, Caya, Taylor) were from the Algonquin territory in Temiscaming, Quebec. Her mother, born in Timmins, Ontario had ancestral ties to the Algonquin territory of Maniwaki, Quebec (Labelle, Lafont) and the Objway territory of Swan Lake (Godon/McIvor) in Manitoba.

Lynn is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Kinesiology (Bachelor of Arts, honours) from York University, a Master of Science in Community Health from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work. The ultimate goal of her pedagogical, research and service interest is the advancement of Indigenous knowledge in the academy and in research.  She is committed to numerous community and university service activities to further this goal. For instance, since 2005 she has served as a peer reviewer and Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research HIV/AIDS Aboriginal stream grant review programme, served on the research ethics board at her university, and is a Senator at Ryerson University.  Lynn’s research interests include Indigenous health and well-being, mental health and Indigenous identity, Indigenous research ethics and methodologies, and sport, recreation and physical activity. She is involved in several community-based research projects involving recreational and cultural programme evaluation research and diabetes. She has written on the topic of mental health and Indigenous identity and the impact of a holistic approach to well-being. 

Zack Marshall

Zack Marshall
St. John's, NL Canada

Zack Marshall is a community-based researcher, activist, fundraiser, and social worker. After working for 15 years with lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) communities in Toronto and Montreal, Zack recently returned to university to pursue a PhD in Community Health at Memorial University of Newfoundland. As someone whose identities intersect with LGBT and disability communities, he is particularly interested in the ways research can be leveraged as a tool for social justice. There are many examples of communities working to hold academic and medical researchers accountable and prioritizing approaches to organizing that work for rather than against people who experience marginalization and oppression. With an emphasis on critical social science perspectives, HIV, ethics, and organizational change, Zack’s current work emphasizes the importance of moving beyond inclusion towards transformative community-controlled research. He is a co-principal investigator on several research projects including: 1) The Trans Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) Sexual Health Study, 2) the REACH CBR Collaborative Centre in HIV/AIDS, and 3) CBR and Research Ethics - Creating Community Products to Promote Ethical Research Practices with People who Use Injection Drugs.

Photo courtesy of Graham Kennedy 

Creshelle Nash

Creshelle Nash
Little Rock, AR

Creshelle Nash MD, MPH, is Medical Director, Arkansas Minority Health Commission; Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management; abd Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR.

Dr. Nash's primary interest is in the translation of public health research into viable programs and policies to improve the health of underserved and minority populations. Dr. Nash has assisted in informing health policy decision-makers through research with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, and work with the state legislature, Arkansas Department of Health and community based organizations on public health  issues facing the state of Arkansas. She has also worked on the development of and is inaugural faculty of both the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health and the Clinton School of Public Service.

In addition to addressing health issues on a policy level, Dr. Nash practices clinical medicine. She is currently on faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical  Sciences, where she is involved in patient care, teaching and mentoring students.

Dr. Nash received her medical degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Medicine in 1994, and completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at George Washington University Hospital, Washington D.C., in 1997. She was a 1997-98 Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy and received a Master's in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998.

Chioma Nnaji

Chioma Nnaji
Jamaica Plain, MA

Chioma Nnaji is a Nigerian born in America. As a long time community health activist in the Greater Boston area, she delicately blends the multiple roles of a Community Activist, Truth-Teller, Educator, Spiritual Dancer and Auntie. Currently, Ms. Nnaji is the Program Director at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) in Boston, the largest AIDS serving organization in New England exclusively
dedicated to mobilizing communities of color to end the HIV epidemic. She developed and currently manages the Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) Program - an HIV prevention and screening program targeting African immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts. Under her
 leadership, the AFIA program has become nationally known for its innovative
work in addressing HIV among African immigrants, including developing
culturally appropriate interventions, community research projects and community mobilization strategies. At the MAC, she also oversees Community Health
Nexus, MAC's capacity building and technical assistance program targeting
providers and small minority CBOs/FBOs and Be the Generation, MAC’s community education program on biomedical HIV prevention research. She also serves as President of the African National HIV/AIDS Alliance (ANHA). ANHA is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health outcomes of Africans living in the United States through culturally and linguistically competent approaches in education, advocacy and research.

In November 2012, Ms. Nnaji began working at the UMass Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (CHEIR) as the Program Director. CHEIR is a collaborative partnership between UMass Medical School and UMass Boston dedicated to improving the health of socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations in Massachusetts. It serves as a Comprehensive Center of Excellence by NIMHD, which is part of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (P60MD006912).  Ms. Nnaji holds a Master's degree in
 Public Health, with a concentration in International Health and Master's degree in Education from Boston College, with a
concentration in Curriculum & Instruction.  She is passionate about her work
and is committed to bringing the voice and needs of racial/ethnic
marginalized communities to the table of health policy, research, and service
delivery in a way that recognizes community assets and respects cultural
 values.  She participated in the 2nd National Community Partner Forum on Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research held in December 2012 in Washington DC.

Creshelle Nash

Ann-Gel S. Palermo
New York, NY

Ann-Gel S. Palermo has worked in the field of public health and medical education with a principal focus on issues related to social determinants of health using a community-based participatory research approach, health outcomes disparities, and healthcare workforce diversity issues.  Dr. Palermo is community activist researcher. Since 1999, Dr. Palermo has served as the chair of the Harlem Community & Academic Partnership (HCAP), a diverse partnership of community residents, and representatives from community based organizations, public health and academic organizations with a community-driven and action-oriented approach to health research and health policy that is based on the social determinants of health. HCAP’s main purpose is to study and improve health in underserved communities with community based organizations, academia, public health practitioners, and policy makers in a collaborative and co-learning process that stresses systems development, community capacity building, and balancing research and action.

Dr. Palermo also serves as a board member of Community Campus Partnerships for Health, the East Harlem Community Health Committee, is Board Chair for the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center, and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.  In 2006, Dr. Palermo was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives, a federal advisory committee, made up of members of the public, who advise the NIH Director on issues related to public input and participation in NIH activities, public input and participation in the NIH research priority setting process, and NIH outreach programs and efforts. She served as Co-Chair of the COPR’s Role of the Public in Research Work Group.

Dr. Palermo has presented her work the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association since 2003, federal and state public health agencies including the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and academic institutions such as Hunter College, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, and Columbia University.  Dr. Palermo has co-developed curriculum on developing and sustaining community-academic partnerships as well as co-authored papers on CBPR which have been published in journals such as Health Behavior and Education, Public Health Reports, and the American Journal of Public Health.
Dr. Palermo earned a Masters of Public Health degree (majoring in Health Policy) from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health in 1999 and a Doctorate of Public Health at the City University of New York Graduate Center School of Public Health at Hunter College in 2012.  Dr. Palermo’s full-time job is as is Associate Director of Operations for the Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs (CMCA) at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. The CMCA aims to eliminate health disparities through a nationally recognized center structure using innovative, integrative, and coordinated approaches in the areas of community, patient care, education, and research; to improve the health of all populations by diversifying the health care workforce; and by influencing health policy and research.  Dr. Palermo also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Education.

Creshelle Nash

Al Richmond
Durham, NC

Al Richmond has over 25 years of experience in a career that has uniquely blended social work and public health. He is a national leader in prostate cancer advocacy and is engaged in a myriad of projects designed to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. AAt the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development he leaders the newly formed Jobs and Leadership Development Department.  The department in partnership with corporate leaders is committed to the creation of jobs for unemployed and displaced workers in North Carolina. This comes after a six tenure directing multiple health initiatives including the On The Ground Smoking Cessation and Prevention Project and On the Ground Prostate Cancer Project.  Al has held numerous leadership positions with the North Carolina Minority Prostate Cancer Awareness Action Team (the Action Team).  The Action Team is a novel community based organization comprised of community leaders committed to prostate health disparities.  He is a proud alumni member of Leadership North Carolina. His concern for senior citizens and others living in assisted living arrangements is highlighted by his long-tenure as co-chair of the North Carolina Penalty Review Committee.  He was a guest lecturer in 2009 with the Shaw University in Jamaica Project. 

He is a founding member of the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions and Community Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus affiliated with the American Public Health Association. His work with the CBPH Caucus is focused on facilitating effective partnerships between community, academic and other key stakeholders to support initiatives designed to improve the nation’s health.  His leadership with the Caucus has resulted in a 5-year project to increase the number of community leaders attending the Annual Conference of American Public Health Association.  In 2010 Al was elected president of the National Community Based Organization Network also affiliated with the American Public Health Association. From this position he assumed the role as the first community co-chair of the Community Engagement Core - Key Function Committee of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). In this role Al works with academic and community partners to document and better understand the role of community leaders in this National Institute of Health funded initiative.  He also serves on the CTSA Community Partners Integration Workgroup.

For three years, Mr. Richmond has been an integral member of the NC TraCS Institute Community Advisory Board (the CTSA at the University of North Carolina), as a liaison to the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core. He is also engaged in research partnerships with academic investigators to build coalitions, disseminate health information, develop training modules, and effectively develop and guide the formation of collaborative partnerships at the local, regional, and national levels. Advancing his work at the national level includes his participation along with community leaders in the National Community Partner Forum on Community-Engaged Health Disparities Research in December 2011 in Boston MA. The inaugural Forum launched a national movement to create a space for leaders at the decision making tables about research to have the capacity and infrastructure to engage as equal research partners with institutions and to conduct their own research. His leadership at the Forum resulted in his selection as a member of the planning committee for the 2nd National Forum held in December 2012 in Washington DC.

Karriem Watson

Karriem Watson
Chicago, IL

Karriem S. Watson, MS, MPH is the former Director of Recruitment, Retention and Community Engagement in Clinical and Translational Research for the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS). Karriem has been involved in the design and conduct of clinical and translational research studies for over 14 years. Karriem also conducts research that examines attitudes, beliefs and barriers that affect the participation of African Americans and Latinos in clinical and translational research.  He has been with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2005 and has served in several capacities such as Research Director in the Dept of Neurosurgery and Director of the Early Outreach Program in the Urban Health Program (UHP). Karriem has a commitment to community engagement and increasing educational opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering and Math) fields. His community engagement includes sitting on several boards that promote improved public health like Project Brotherhood that serves primarily African American men and their health needs on the south side of Chicago. He also inspires youth to go into STEM careers and serves as Adjunct Instructor at DePaul University and also teaches in the graduate college at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies. Recently, along with one of his colleagues, Karriem created an 8 week summer intensive fellowship that will expose over a dozen underrepresented minority students who range from high school seniors to first year medical students and other graduate students to community engaged research projects that address issues of health disparity and health inequity. In addition, Karriem serves on the Board of Directors for Village Leadership Academy where he has been instrumental in exposing inner city youth to a global education experience that has ranged from study abroad programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mexico and Brazil to name a few. Lastly, Karriem has worked passionately to incorporate faith into a public health framework. He has created several projects that use the impact of faith to increase awareness of such conditions as Breast and Prostate Cancer and HIV/AIDS. 

Sacoby Wilson

Sacoby Wilson
College Park, MD

Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an assistant professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson is an environmental health scientist with over ten years of experience working in community-university partnerships on environmental health and justice issues. He has expertise in exposure science and applied environmental health including community-based exposure assessment, environmental justice science, social epidemiology, environmental health disparities, built environment, air pollution monitoring, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). For the past year, he has been building a program on community engagement, environmental justice, and health (CEEJH) to engage impacted communities, advocacy groups, and policymakers in Maryland and Prince George’s County on environmental justice issues and environmental health disparities. As part of his CEEJH efforts, he is leading projects to assess exposure and health risks for residential populations, urban fisherfolk, and recreational users of the Anacostia Watershed (Project CAESARR and Project RECREATE). He is also a Co-Investigator on project that uses community engagement approaches and Geographic Information Systems to assess different sustainable practices that can be used to reduce stormwater inputs into the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, he is working with a research team in Baltimore to understand the role that the built environment plays in producing conditions conducive to for pests particularly mosquitoes and how impacted residents can engage in citizen science to improve environmental conditions, reduce pests, and enhance quality of life.

Dr. Wilson is also quite engaged in environmental justice research and advocacy in the Southeastern United States. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a NIEHS-funded R21 research to action grant with Charleston Community Research to Action Board (CCRAB) and the Low Country Alliance for Model Communities (LAMC) entitled Use of a Community-University Partnership to Eliminate Environmental Stressors. This project seeks to examine pollution and health issues in North Charleston, SC, and build community capacity to address these issues in the region. Dr. Wilson and other members of a related collaborative partnership between LAMC, City of North Charleston, the SC State Ports Authority, and other stakeholders received a 2009 Environmental Justice Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. He is also Co-PI of an Environmental Health core at a NIMHD-funded health disparities P20 Center of Excellence at USC led by Dr. Saundra Glover to study and address environmental justice issues and environmental health disparities in the state of South Carolina. In addition, he works on the GRACE project, a community-university partnership that is assessing the long-term health impacts of exposure to chlorine gas due to a train derailment in Graniteville, SC. He is Co-PI of another Graniteville project whose goal is to take a mixed-method approach, using both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, with community-based participatory research (CBPR) to document how the challenges presented by the post-disaster surge in health service delivery are further compounded within a medically underserved community in the rural South.

He has been working with the West End Revitalization Association (WERA), a community-based environmental justice organization, on infrastructure disparities, planning inequities, the lack of basic amenities, and environmental health disparities in African-American neighborhoods in Mebane, NC since 2000. As part of his collaboration with WERA, he has been instrumental in helping the organization receive funding from NIH, EPA, and foundations to fund WERA's community-owned and managed research and efforts using the collaborative problem-solving model. He has also worked with WERA to help local residents receive first time installation of public regulated sewer and water services and other basic amenities. This work has been presented at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) conference, CCPH, UNC-Chapel Hill Minority Health Conference, and other events and published collaboratively in Environmental Justice, Progress in Community Health Partnerships, and Social Justice in Context. This collaboration has had a positive impact on national environmental justice policy with the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). He received a NIH R03 grant in collaboration with WERA to evaluate the organization’s novel community-university environmental justice partnership.

Dr. Wilson was a 2005 Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan's Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health where he did research on social and environmental determinants of health and health disparities. He has published his work in Atmospheric Environment, Environmental Health Perspectives, Progress in Community Health Partnerships, and Environmental Justice. Due to his passion for environmental justice and community engagement and positive contributions to help community-based organizations solve environmental justice and health problems during his career, Dr. Wilson received the 2008 Steve Wing Environmental Justice Award from the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. Dr. Wilson is on the Board of Community Campus Partnerships for Health, an international organization that supports the use of CBPR to address health and social justice issues. He is also on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR. He is a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Exposure Science in the 21st Century. Furthermore, Dr. Wilson is Past Immediate Chair of the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association, a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, and Chair of the Alpha Goes Green Initiative, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He received both his MS and PhD in Environmental Health from UNC-Chapel Hill and his BS degree from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. Dr. Wilson is a two-time EPA STAR fellow, two-time NASA Space Scholar, and former Udall and Thurgood Marshall Scholar.

He is married to Natasha Blakeney, MPH, Program Director, Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials (ENACCT). They have a beautiful and bright little girl named Ariana Simone Wilson who loves Sprout, reading books, and superheroes.  Ariana recently turned three!



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