Description: This workshop examines the unique circumstances that impede the successful delivery of health care services to African Americans and approaches to improving the delivery of preventive services to this population. Topics to be explored embrace both physical health care issues and behavioral health care issues and include childhood obesity, diabetes, asthma, environmental risks, and patterns of family behavior. These workshops will highlight the latest research and public health initiatives to promote the health of African Americans.
Dr. Robert Hampton received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in 1988. He did his graduate work in Psychology at University of Toronto, completing his M.A. in 1990 and his Ph.D. in 1995. He continued his training at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Training Fellow from 1996 to 2000 and a Research Fellow from 2000 to 2004.
Dr. Frieda Hopkins Outlaw is Director, Meharry Youth Wellness Center, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. She brings to this position over 40 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, educator, and policy maker in public mental health. For eight years, she was Assistant Commissioner, Division of Special Populations and Minority Services and the Chief Nurse for five Regional Mental Health Institutes in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health. Before that, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. In that role she provided clinical expertise in the delivery of culturally appropriate behavioral health care in an integrated primary health setting, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing community practice. She has written extensively in the areas of cultural diversity, management of aggression, and the role of religion, spirituality, and the meaning of prayer for people with cancer and most recently in children’s mental health and abuse of alcohol and non-medical use of prescription drugs by the elderly.
Dr. M. Kathleen Figaro is a clinical fellow in endocrinology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Having been an assistant professor in internal medicine for several years, she acquired additional training in endocrinology in order to better advocate for patients with diabetes as well as to continue to participate in policy development and implementation related to diabetes. She is interested in diabetes outcomes, most specifically surgical outcomes. While actively involved in diabetes research, she hopes to engage in analysis and clinical implementation that will serve to improve the health of all people with diabetes
Michelle M. Cloutier, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Director of the Asthma Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She is also the Director of the Children’s Center for Community Research where she leads the Hartford Childhood Wellness Alliance and many community based projects. She received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Wisconsin and completed her pediatric and pediatric pulmonary fellowship training at the University of Florida followed by a Critical Care fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Cloutier has received numerous medical student teaching and pediatric resident teaching awards and has authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of airway epithelial transport, health services research in pediatric asthma and childhood obesity and health disparities in African American children. She reviews manuscripts for more than 15 journals and is on the Editorial Board of the international journal Chronic Respiratory Disease. She is the creator of the evidence based, award winning Easy Breathing Program, a statewide disease management program for pediatricians that has changed medical services utilization rates for children with asthma in Connecticut. Her research has been funded by many prestigious private foundations and the State of Connecticut as well as by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Reginald Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University where he specializes in juvenile delinquency prevention, youth development, and culturally-responsive intervention. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Prairie View A&M University, an M.A. in Community-Agency Counseling from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Simmons also completed a pre and post-doctoral fellowship with the Yale University Department of Psychiatry.