Steering Committee


MHRC Directors
Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Director and Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine
Edward E. Partridge, M.D., Endowed Chair for Cancer Disparity Research
Director, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
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

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 Schach
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 S. Smith, MPH
Director of Training

Dawn K. Fizer, MSHA
Program Manager, Training

Emily K. Hudson
Program Coordinator, Training


Community Engagement

Tiffany Osborne
Director, Community Engagement 

Kimberly M. Speights, M.A.
Manager, Community Engagement, Live HealthSmart Alabama 

Grace Okoro, MPH
Program Manager II, Community Engagement

Erin Carley, LMSW
Educational Liaison, Community Engagement

Travae’ Hardaway-Griffith, BSW, MA
Education Liaison, Community Engagement

Ambiir S. Gray, MPH
Program Administrator II, Community Engagement

Kimberly Braden, MPPM
Program Administrator II, Community Engagement


Communications

Susan J. Driggers
Director, Communications

Jessica Snyder Rhinehart
Program Manager, Communications

Anne L. Heaney
Specialist, Communications


Advancement and Fundraising

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