Sub-Projects

  • Sonya S. Brady, PhD

    Co-Leader, Communities Invested Project
    University of Minnesota School of Public Health

  • Dr. Brady is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. Her research addresses health risk and health protective behaviors during adolescence and young adulthood; socioeconomic and ethnicity-based disparities in consequences of risk-taking; mechanisms linking stressful life circumstances to health risk behaviors and factors promoting resilience; and promotion of health protective behaviors. Dr. Brady teaches graduate students about community health promotion and community-engaged research.

  • Jason Branch, MA, LPC, NCC

    Community Coalition Facilitator, Communities Invested Project
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jason is the clinical director and chief executive officer of J. Branch and Associates LLC, a mental health counseling agency that provides services for adolescents, adults and families. Jason is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Professional Life Coach and Motivational Speaker.  He is a graduate of The University of West Alabama with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology.  Jason received his Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with honors.  His mission in life is to combat the stigma of counseling and mental health especially in the African American Community.

  • Raegan Durant, MD, MPH

    Co-Leader, Project 1
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Durant’s research is focused on the relationships among social support, self-management behaviors, and hospital use for heart failure with an eye toward developing community-based interventions to address racial disparities in heart failure hospitalization rates. Dr. Durant received his undergraduate degree at Howard University. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Durant went on to complete a Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School. During his fellowship, he also received a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Durant joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive Medicine at UAB in 2006. Dr. Durant also serves as Medical Director at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, a publicly funded, multi-specialty safety-net outpatient clinic for low-income and uninsured individuals.

  • Capetra Jolly, BA

    Community Coalition Coordinator and Facilitator, Communities Invested Project,
    University of Minnesota School of Public Health

  • Capetra Jolly received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she studied Child Psychology and Public Health. Throughout her undergraduate career, she served as President of the student group Black Motivated Women, where she worked with her peers not only to promote the overall development of women on campus, but also the development of youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She has served as a reading and math tutor in the St. Paul Public Schools district. Capetra joined the Communities Invested in Healthy Life Trajectories of African American Boys project in October 2014 and brings a strong personal and professional commitment to the project.

  • Alexander Lo, MD, PhD

    Project 1
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Lo is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham where he specializes in Geriatric Emergency Medicine.  His research is focused on the improvement of emergency care for older adults with particular attention to under-served communities and racial disparities, mobility and function, and complex chronic conditions using heart failure as a model.  He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont, completed residency training at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University.

  • Janice Phillips

    Program Administrator, Communities Invested Project
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Janice Phillips is a Program Administrator in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. She enjoys working collaboratively, and has extensive experience working with diverse populations and people of all ages. Janice manages multiple projects focused on lifestyle modifications and community-based participatory research. In addition, she has over 13 years of leadership experience working with community churches.

  • Tina Simpson, MD, MPH

    Co-Leader, Communities Invested Project
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Tina Simpson, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the program director for the UAB Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program and the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Training Program.  She is on the editorial board for the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Self-Assessment. The primary focus of her research efforts is the reduction of high-risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults. She has been involved in projects such as behavioral risk reduction programs, vaccine trials, and HIV clinical trials.  She is actively engaged in community activities as the board chair for the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and a member of the Dream Team for the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS).  She was recently recognized by DYS as a “Hidden Hero.”

Pilot Projects

  • Nicole Redmond, MD, PhD, MPH

    Pilot Project
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Redmond is a board-certified internal medicine physician who completed her MD/PhD in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina.  She completed her internal medicine (primary care track) residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.   She received her Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health as a part of her training in the Harvard Fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. One of Dr. Redmond’s research interests is racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical cardiovascular disease risk factors. Dr. Redmond also has an interest in the role of the impact of the criminal justice system on health disparities.  Dr. Redmond actively participates in national and local networks of other clinicians and investigators involved in research and clinical care for vulnerable/high-risk populations and addressing health disparities.

  • Larrell Wilkinson, PhD, MSPH, CHES

    Pilot Project
    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Dr. Larrell Wilkinson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Tennessee State University in 2000. He completed his Master of Science in Public Health in Health Promotion Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 2005. He received a Doctor of Philosophy from the Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) Department of the Arnold School of Public Health at USC in May of 2011.  While a doctoral candidate, he received the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation Award in Patient Reported Outcomes in 2010 and was the recipient of the ASPH Doctoral Scholarship in 2009. Dr. Wilkinson received a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities (IPEHD). He has worked in the field of public health since 2004, first as the Coordinator of the Office of Alcohol & Drug Programs at USC and then as its Director in 2005. He then served as Director of a new office, the USC Office of Substance Abuse Prevention & Education, from 2005 through 2009, during which time he was responsible for transitioning the office from event based programming and peer education toward a focus on evidence-based practices and community coalition building. His post-doc core responsibilities at IPEHD included serving as principal investigator/project manager of the small pilot study entitled Stress Coping & Obstruction: Prevention & Education (SCOPE) Project; serving as Program Director/Co-Investigator of the Project 3 Mental Health & Sleep Quality component of the Soldier Health Promotion to Examine and Reduce Health Disparities (SHPERHD) Research Study; and collaborating with community organizations and research teams to implement community programs and apply for grant funding. Dr. Wilkinson’s research emphasis includes: health disparities/health equity, young adult wellness, access and utilization of healthcare, and psychosocial health. He also focuses on disease and disability prevention through applying the life-course perspective and community-based participatory research.

  • Christopher Warlick, MD, PhD

    Pilot Project
    University of Minnesota

  • Dr. Warlick did his undergraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his MD and PhDs at the University of Minnesota before residency training at Johns Hopkins. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Urology with a focus on prostate cancer. His research focuses on the use of MRI in active surveillance patients and on image guided interventions.