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Black Health in the South

Black Health in the South," a collection of essays by public health experts that examine the health and wellbeing of Black people in the southern United States. Dr. Henry Akintobi's co-editors are Steven S. Coughlin, PhD, MPH, Interim Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, and University of Kentucky College of Nursing Associate Professor Lovoria B. Williams, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP.

"This collection brings together the insights of experts collectively dedicated to not only understanding and cataloging health disparities, but advancing a vision for how we can use what we know to take action through multisectoral, community-centered research, education, clinical and educational approaches that advance health equity," Dr. Henry Akintobi said.

"The anticipated movement since 2020 towards community-centered, evidence-informed approaches is more important now than ever before, given the welcome spotlight on social justice and the disproportionate hospitalization, illness, and death of marginalized populations, particularly in the South," she continued. "I trust that this book contributes to the knowledge base along with an understanding of what we must collectively do in response."

According to publisher Johns Hopkins University Press, "Black Health in the South," which is currently available for purchase, is the first edited collection to focus on African Americans in the South both as a whole and as a distinct population. Among the essays are those that focus on culturally appropriate health care, faith-based interventions, and the role of research networks in addressing disparities.

Coughlin, C., Williams, L. & Henry Akintobi, T. The Health of African Americans in the South (In Press). Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, Maryland

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Engaging and Working with African American Fathers

Morehouse Model

Engaging and Working with African American Fathers: Strategies and Lessons Learned, written for and by social service practitioners and researchers, challenges traditional, fragmented approaches to practice with African American fathers. Each chapter includes current evidence on engagement approaches, agencies, programs addressing specific issues fathers face, and case studies documenting approaches to addressing their diverse needs. With chapters written primarily by African American women, the goal is to engage other female students and professionals who dominate helping professions, demonstrate their contributions to the field, and advocate for underserved African American fathers.

Rollins, L. (2020). Engaging and working with fathers: Strategies and lessons. New York: Routledge.

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The Morehouse Model will serve as a primary textbook for the development of culturally competent community coalitions in health promotion and prevention programming designed to advance health equity and an assumed, lifelong research education and clinical destination. The manuscript is a testimony to the effectiveness of academic-community partnerships to address risk factors contributing to health inequities. The practical strategies, supported by rigorous evaluation, will become the “how-to” in the development and sustaining of community-dominant coalitions to address health and social issues at the grassroots level. We advance that this book will be a guiding compass for burgeoning and seasoned public health, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and educational leaders seeking to teach, partner, and practice the importance of community-engagement, thus giving voice to the voiceless.

Braithwaite, R., Akintobi, T., Blumenthal, D., & Langley, M. (2020). Morehouse Model: How One School of Medicine Revolutionized Community Engagement and Health Equity Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, Maryland

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