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  • Black History in the Making

    In honor of Black History Month, the Office of Population Health and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities will celebrate the current contributions made by African Americans in improving health disparities. The theme, Black History in the Making, highlights individuals at the local, state, national and international level who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of African Americans. Our international honoree was selected for his commitment to research and teaching in the area of global health.

    Collins_smallRecognized and supported by international agencies, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization, Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D., MPH, serves as Professor and Head in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Pan-University Network for Global Health involving 13 Universities. As a global leader in research focusing on health, identity, and culture, Dr.  Airhihenbuwa serves as a consultant to multiple NIH funded health disparity research grants and UN agencies including WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA.

    He is the author of the PEN-3 model used to centralize culture in public health and health promotion research/projects. He has written over 120 articles, book chapters, and books, including Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995); the UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction (2000); Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity (2007); and Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges (2013) co-editor (with Agyemang and de-Graft). He chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance which funds projects in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. He previously served as a member of Board of Scientific Counselors of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). He has received many honors, including, selection as a SOPHE Distinguished Fellow, Scholar of the Year by the American Association for Health Education, recipient of the Penn State Faculty Outreach Award, SOPHE mentor award, and Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

    Office of Population Health

    The Office of Population Health (OPH) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) was established to accelerate the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based strategies to advance the health and health care of populations served by UMMC Hospitals and Clinics as well as residents of the state of Mississippi. We seek to fulfill this goal by working across the three main missions of the Medical Center to:

    • Improve health care quality, effectiveness and outcomes through patient education at UMMC affiliated hospitals and ambulatory care facilities;
    • Eliminate health and healthcare disparities through the pursuit of action research, the education of faculty, students, residents, fellows and staff, on the social determinants of health, and through engagement with community stakeholders;
    • Cultivate, nurture, and sustain internal and external partnerships to disseminate health-related information and knowledge intended to improve the health of Mississippians.