Steering Committee


MHRC Directors

Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Director, UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, UAB School of Medicine
Professor and Director, Division of Preventive Medicine 
Co-Leader, Community Engagement 
Co-Leader, HealthSmart Employee Wellness
University of Alabama at Birmingham

James O. Hill, PhD
Co-Director, UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center
Professor and Chair of Nutrition
Director of Nutrition Obesity Research Center
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Committee Members

Wendy Demark Wahnefried, PhD, RD
Co-Leader, Research Program
Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control
O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor and Endowed Chair, Nutrition Sciences
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Olivia Affuso, PhD
Co-Leader, Research Program
Associate Professor, Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Co-Leader, Community Engagement Program
Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine 
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH 
Co-Leader, Training Program
Professor and Associate Director for Faculty Development & Education,  Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Michael Mugavero, MD, MHSc
Co-Leader, Training Program
Professor, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
Professor, Health Behavior, School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Elizabeth Baker, PhD
Co-Leader, Social Determinants of Health Core
Associate Professor, Sociology
College of Arts & Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gabriela Oates, PhD
Co-Leader, Social Determinants of Health Core
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Pediatrics 
Associate Scientist, Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Cynthia Y. Johnson
Co-Leader, Recruitment and Retention Core
Co-Leader, HealthSmart Employee Wellness
Director, Recruitment and Retention Shared Facility
Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Julie Shach
Co-Leader, Recruitment and Retention Core
Co-Director, Recruitment and Retention Shared Facility
Division of Preventive Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

MHRC Management Team

Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Director, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center

Research Program

William Anderson, PhD
Director of Research

Training Program


Ann Smith, MPH
Director of Training

Dawn Fizer
Program Manager, Training

Kashunti Farmer
Program Coordinator, Training

Community Engagement

Tiffany Osborne
Director, Community Engagement 

Kimberly M. Speights
Educational Liaison, Community Engagement 

Natasha Rembert
Program Administrator, Community Engagement

Grace Okoro, MPH
Program Administrator, Community Engagement

Communication

Susan J. Driggers
Director, Communication

Jessica B. Snyder
Program Manager, Communication

Advancement and Fundraising

Christian N. Smith
Director of Development, UAB School of Medicine