• Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH

    Co-Leader, Collaborations and Partnership Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Fouad is Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the UAB School of Medicine and Director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. She also is the Founding Director of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center. Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and has served as a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is a PI on numerous projects, including the NIMHD P60 Comprehensive Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center funded since 2003, the NIMHD U54 Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, the NIHMD U24 EMPaCT: Phase II, and the CDC-funded Birmingham REACH for Better Health. She also served as PI on the NCI-funded Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, Ovarian Cancer (PLCO) Screening Trial, the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium (CanCORS), and of the CDC-funded Racial and Ethnic Approaches Across the US (REACH US) Mid-South Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities. Dr. Fouad has played a leadership role in training minority researchers, serving as PI for the NCI-funded Morehouse School of Medicine/ Tuskegee University/UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership.

  • Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH

    Co-Leader, Collaborations and Partnerships Core
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Okuyemi is a tenured Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director for the Program in Health Disparities Research at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is also Director of Cancer Health Disparities for the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. He received his medical degree from University of Ilorin, Nigeria, completed a family medicine residency and Master of Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a public health research fellowship at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, Dr. Okuyemi was recognized as among the top 10 NIH-funded researchers in Family Medicine and he was recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians in 2011. In the last 20 years, Dr. Okuyemi’s career has focused on research and programs to improve the health of underserved populations and eliminate health disparities using pharmacological and culturally tailored behavioral interventions.

  • Bianca Hawk, MSW, MPH

    Collaborations Coordinator, Collaborations and Partnership Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Bianca Hawk has a Bachelor of Art Degree in Spanish and a dual master’s of Public Health and Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama.  With a concentration in Healthcare organization and policy, Bianca has pursued opportunities in community and organization assessments for entities such as Cahaba Valley Health Care and UAB MHRC HealthSmart. Bianca’s primary research interest focuses on health disparities, particularly access to healthcare in the Hispanic population.  She currently holds the position of Program Manager for community outreach in the MHRC. In this position, Bianca seeks out opportunities to translate research that is conducted at UAB into community programs around the Birmingham area through existing partnerships.


  • Lisa Rogers, MS, MPH

    Administrative Director
    University of Minnesota

  • Lisa Rogers serves as the Administrative Director for the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) as well as for the Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials Consortium (EMPaCT) and the UAB/UMN SPORE (Specialized Program in Research Excellence) for Pancreatic Cancer.   Ms. Rogers has over 15 years of experience in federal award management and is a former cancer immunologist who has worked in academic and industry research and research project management.  Her interest in decreasing health disparities stems from her experiences as a member of the Navajo Nation and from her passion for just and equitable health care for all persons.

  • Joanice Thompson

    Collaborations Coordinator
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Ms. Thompson has extensive experience in community outreach and currently serves as the Associate Director for the UAB Minority Health and Research Center Outreach Program. She is responsible for planning, developing, and organizing community participation in preventive health programs. Ms. Thompson is highly skilled in building strong partnerships/community coalitions, monitoring and analyzing community programs and projects progress, community viewpoints and incorporating information into planning activities and action programs. She is very knowledgeable of citizen involvement and participation skills and techniques relative to program planning and evaluation.  Ms. Thompson’s main objective is to assist UAB in reaching and engaging the community at large to build healthy communities though sustainable community partnerships, thereby decreasing health disparities.