Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH

Director, Community Engagement

Community Engagement / Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Associate Dean of Community Engagement
  • Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment

Debbie Murray

Co-Director, CE

Community Engagement / University of Georgia

  • Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Murray, is the Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and provides leadership and direction for the statewide extension program in Family and Consumer Sciences and Health at the University of Georgia. She has expertise in community participatory research methods, diffusion of innovation application and theories, and best practices in working with rural and urban communities.  Her area of research interest is in diffusion of innovation, social networks and analysis, and social marketing. She has had success in developing and supporting partnerships between researchers and the Cooperative Extension Service in Georgia addressing health outcomes. She serves on and provides leadership to the Community Based Research Services Committee of the University of Georgia Clinical and Translational Unit. She is the Community Engagement Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core Function of the Georgia CTSA.

Jill Hamilton, RN, PhD, FAAN

Committee Member

Emory University

  • Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Jill Hamilton earned her BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a BS in Accounting from North Carolina Central University, and postdoctoral training in the nursing care of older adults at the Oregon Health & Science University. She previously held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was tenured associate professor.

Her research interests include health disparities, social and cultural factors that influence health, and the coping strategies used among older African American cancer survivors and their families. She has developed measures of coping and spirituality and has conducted research to examine ways sociocultural factors influence how older African Americans use social support and spirituality. She is published on topics related to social support, religiosity, spirituality, and quality of life among African Americans with life-threatening illness. She has done original research on the effects of religious songs and verses from scripture on coping with stress among older and younger African Americans which is published in the Journal of Religion and Health, the Gerontologist, and Nursing Research. Her research on the use of religious songs to alleviate psychological distress when diagnosed with cancer is published in Cancer Nursing.

She was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar from 2003-2007 and a member of the 2014 Class of the UNC Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. She is currently a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Faculty Scholar of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, & Health at Duke University. She was the recipient of the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Publishing’s Division Award for Excellence in Writing Qualitative Research and her work on religious songs was featured in the November 2012 Thanksgiving edition of Good Housekeeping magazine. 

Omer T. Inan, PhD

Member, CE Community Steering Board

Community Engagement / Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Omer T. Inan received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2006, 2009, and 2015, respectively. He joined ALZA Corporation (a Johnson and Johnson Company) in 2006, where he designed micropower circuits for iontophoretic drug delivery. In 2007, he joined Countryman Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, CA where he was chief engineer, involved in designing and developing high-end professional audio circuits and systems. From 2009-2013, he was also a visiting scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. Since 2013, Omer is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also an adjunct assistant Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on non-invasive physiologic sensing and modulation for human health and performance, including for chronic disease management, acute musculoskeletal injury recovery, and pediatric care.

He is an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, associate editor for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference and the IEEE Biomedical and Health Informatics Conference, invited member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Translational Engineering for Healthcare Innovation and the IEEE Technical Committee on Cardiopulmonary Systems, and Technical Program Committee member or Track Chair for several other major international biomedical engineering conferences. He has published more than 125 technical articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences, and has six issued patents. Omer received the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship in 2009, the Lockheed Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016, the Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award in 2017, the IEEE Sensors Early Career Award in 2018, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2018, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2018. He was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American in the discus throw for three consecutive years (2001-2003).

Katherine Erwin, DDS, MPA, MSCR

Co-Coordinator, Community Engagement

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • PI and Program Director, AHEC Point of Service Program
  • Assistant Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Katherine Erwin serves as the manager of the Georgia CTSA's Community Engagement program. In addition, she is course director for the Faculty Development Grant Writing Course.

She has 12 years of experience of serving as a peer reviewer and chairperson for numerous peer reviews for various bureaus and divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.

Katherine earned her doctorate in dental surgery at Howard University School of Dentistry in Washington DC. She has two Master Degrees, a Master in Public Administration from Cleveland State University located in Cleveland, OH and a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Dental Association, the Georgia Northeast Dental Society, and Georgia’s Oral Health Coalition. Her research interests are oral cancer and cigar use among individuals 18-25 years of age.

L. "Neicey" Johnson, RN, BSN, Esq.

Chairperson

Community Health Disparities in Elimination of Social Determinants of Health

  • Founder and Executive Director, VSNS, Inc.

L. Neicey Johnson, registered nurse and attorney, is the founder and executive director of VSNS, Inc. (Visions), a Georgia not-for-profit personal service and mentoring organization in metro Atlanta since 2003. Its purpose is to provide an environment where persons are empowered to improve their economic status through education and skills development by simply changing the way they think. Under her leadership, the organization seeks opportunities to ensure its program participants overcome barriers to success with adequate skills, education, and access to available resources; the basis for its corporate existence.

Neicey has over 25 years of varying administrative and clinical healthcare experience and is the founder of a healthcare consulting firm and served over 10 years as co-producer of a local public television show. She is an active volunteer and participant of several community-based business boards, including the Diversity Leadership Council of the American Heart Association, Southeast Region Health Equity Council, and lifetime member of the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Priscilla E. Pemu, MD, MS, FACP

Committee Member

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Clinical Research Center
  • Medical Director, Community Physicians' Network

Priscilla E. Pemu is the medical director of the Community Physicians' Network, an academic-community partnership that is recognized by the AHRQ as a Practice Based Research Network. She is engaged in direct patient care, research, undergraduate, graduate, and resident preceptorship and didactic teaching. Her research enquiry is broadly aimed at improving health outcomes of African-American women and other underserved populations. Specifically, she pursues research that seeks to:

  • Understand the mechanistic basis of vascular dysfunction among obese insulin resistant but non-diabetic African-American women.
  • Improve outcomes of patients with chronic disease by improving self-management skills using a patented web/mobile application, e-HealthyStrides.

She serves as Principal Investigator (PI) of the Morehouse School of Medicine's R-Center Community Based Research Core; Co-PI of the Health Information Technology Implementation arm of the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center on health disparities; and Chair of the Research and Education Committee of the Morehouse Choice Accountable Care Organization-Educational System (MCACO-ES), a participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Her efforts are designed to improve care and outcomes for patients with chronic disease by addressing the gaps between primary care and population health. The development and testing of patient facing technologies that enhance health literacy and the interaction between patient and primary care provider is aligned with this overall goal. Developing and testing approaches that enhance care coordination to improve chronic disease outcomes also aligns with her goals. She has demonstrated sustained collaboration with institutional, local, and national leaders seeking to facilitate effective translation of research between academic institutions and real world clinical practice.

Herman A. Taylor, Jr. MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA

Advisor

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Endowed Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute
Herman Taylor is an endowed professor and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and a nationally recognized cardiologist with broad experience in invasive practice/research. His current research predominantly focuses on preventive cardiology, and his teaching is aimed at building research capacity at minority-serving institutions and enhancing the health of minority communities through research and health activism at the community level. Over the past decade, Taylor held the position of principal investigator and director of the landmark Jackson Heart Study, the largest community-based study of cardiovascular disease among African Americans, funded by National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. His extensive experience in epidemiological observation has led him to a deeper appreciation of the urgency of community-level intervention as a priority, as well as a keen interest in broadening the diversity of disciplines and scientists focused on the problem of health disparities nationally and globally. A graduate of Princeton University, Taylor earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Latrice Rollins, PhD, MSW

Committee Member, CERP

Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Assistant Director of Evaluation and Institutional Assessment
  • Prevention Research Center

Latrice Rollins is a social worker and evaluation generalist. She provides evaluation management and support for academic and community-based programs focused on public health workforce development programs, and reducing health disparities in various areas, including behavioral health, sexual health, and chronic disease. She has also worked for and evaluated healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs.

She served as a program analyst in the United States Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General, where she was responsible for leading national evaluations to identify fraud, waste, and abuse of federal resources, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public health and human service programs. In 2013, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services honored her with an award of distinguished service for her evaluation of CDC's Vaccines for Children Program. She has also developed publicly available, organization-wide reports for Congress and various Federal and State agencies, and peerreviewed publications and book chapters. She has given presentations to academic, community, and government audiences, and national media outlets, such as USA Today.

Latrice received a bachelor's in sociology from Spelman College and a master's and doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia.

Sharon Sliggett, MPA

Archway Partnership

  • Operations Coordinator

Sharon Liggett serves as an Operations Coordinator for the Archway Partnership, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit created to connect communities with UGA and other resources to address community-identified needs. In her role as Operations Coordinator, Ms. Liggett supervises faculty in communities across Georgia to deliver resources from UGA’s various colleges, schools, and departments directly to the communities she serves.  The Archway Partnership routinely supports faculty research projects and provides students with experiential learning opportunities on health and wellness issues, as well as numerous other community-identified priorities.

In addition to coordinating the delivery of UGA resources, she networks with regional partners, state agencies, USG, TCSG, and private higher education institutions, business/industry, and others to leverage assets and build collaborative community and economic development opportunities. 

Community partnerships with UGA related to health and wellness have included, among others: Telemedicine, Community Health Needs Assessments, Opioid Focus Groups, Childhood Obesity Research, Federally Qualified Health Center Expansion, Public Health Leadership Academy, Georgia Rural Medical Scholar Program, RN Bridge Program, Healthcare Resource Directories, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evidence-Based Curriculum, Drug Treatment Asset Mapping, Farm Worker Family Health Program, and Health Fairs.

Ms. Liggett earned her BA in International Relations from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and a MPA from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.