Southern Miss faculty member to participate in NIH Health Disparities Class

Southern Miss faculty member to participate in NIH Health Disparities Class

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Susan Mayfield-Johnson of The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Public Health has been selected as a scholar to participate in the 2015 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Translational Health Disparities course.

The course, "Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research," provides a cross-disciplinary approach to inform health disparities research and will be held August 3-14, 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Md. Acceptance is highly competitive, affirming Mayfield-Johnson's work addressing health disparities.

The NIMHD course helps scholars further develop their knowledge and skills to conduct research and interventions aimed at eliminating health disparities. Mayfield-Johnson hopes to gain information she can use to benefit Mississippi.

"I would like to take national models, research, and praxis, and apply them on a local and statewide level to address some of Mississippi's most pressing health disparities," said Mayfield-Johnson, assistant professor of public health. "I hope that there will be gems discovered to help make me more competitive in research and funding applications. "

Mayfield-Johnson also serves as the Director for the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) and the Community Health Advisor Network (CHAN) at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has served as principal investigator on several externally funded programs working with community health workers, racially diverse and underserved populations, health disparities, and qualitative research designs. Mayfield-Johnson is committed to community engagement in public health educational programs and practice in participatory action research for improving community health.

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