• Rhonda Jones-Webb, DrPH, MPH

    Co-Leader, Intervention Implementation/Diffusion Core
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Jones-Webb’s research focuses on alcohol epidemiology and policy with a special focus on race, class, and neighborhood influences. She is a leading scholar on alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among African Americans. Dr. Jones-Webb’s research focuses on three primary areas: 1) alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among African Americans; 2) environmental factors associated with alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among African Americans and low income populations; and 3) environmental policies to prevent alcohol-related problems. Her research also includes studies of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among youth, young adults, and gay men. Her most recent study examines the effectiveness of local alcohol policies in reducing crime in 19 U.S. cities.

  • Yu-Mei Schoenberger, PhD, MPH

    Co-Leader Intervention Implementation/Diffusion Core
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Schoenberger is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Preventive Medicine in the UAB School of Medicine. She received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and International Health and PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from the UAB School of Public Health. Her primary research interest is in health communications, health disparities, and communications technology, with particular interest in mobile technology. Dr. Schoenberger currently serves as a Co-Leader for the Intervention Implementation and Diffusion Core. She also serves as the Co-Leader or both the Academic-Community Engagement Core and the Dissemination Plan of the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research.

  • Mary Kwaan, MD, MPH

    Co-Leader Intervention Implementation/Diffusion Core
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Kwaan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her surgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kwaan serves on the Quality and Safety Committee and Continuing Medical Education Committee of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons. Her academic interests include outcomes research and evidence-based medicine in surgical education.

  • Amanda Brower

    Communications Coordinator
    University of Minnesota

  • Amanda Brower is the communications coordinator for the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) and Communications Director for the department of surgery at the University of Minnesota.  While at the Cleveland Clinic, Amanda directed finance and communication operations for more than 20 research grants, including GUSTO, which at the time was the largest global clinical trial.  Amanda is a published healthcare writer with more than 100 published print articles.  She previously was Senior Editor for Biotechnology Healthcare Magazine, and Senior Healthcare Editor for Advanstar Communications which publishes Medical Economics, Contemporary OB/GYN, Drug Topics, Contemporary Pediatrics, Urology Times, Dermatology Times, Optometry Times, Managed Healthcare Executive, Formulary and online portal Modern Medicine.  After moving to the Twin Cities three years ago, Amanda was a Communications Consultant for Mayo Clinic and UMPhysicians prior to joining UMN.  Amanda has a bachelor of science in business administration from John Carroll University with a major in Finance, and is near completion of a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

  • Susan Driggers

    Communications Coordinator
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Susan Driggers is the Director of Communications for the University of Alabama’s Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC). In addition to developing marketing strategies and implementing communication operations for the MHRC, Susan supports communications for three transdisciplinary collaborative center TCC research grants including CHAAMPS, the Mid-South TCC and their focus on the social determinants of health, and the Gulf States Health Policy Center. She also works in conjunction with UAB Advancement to raise funding for the MHRC. Her career in marketing, communications, and fundraising has included work with The Birmingham News, AT&T (formerly BellSouth), Baptist Health System, The Altamont School, and Magic Moments.  In another life (before marriage and children) Susan traveled with the USO, performing for U.S. troops in Korea, Okinawa, The Philippines, Guam, Germany, and the Sinai Desert.

  • Bethany Libbesmeier

    Communications and Administrative Assistant
    University of Minnesota

  • Bethany received her Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing Education at the University of Minnesota. She gained communications and marketing experience through her internship at Twin Cities In Motion, who organizes the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  Bethany also volunteers with Cooking Matters Minnesota, which works with youths and families to promote healthy cooking on a budget, daily physical activity and the importance of family time.