Archive | April, 2014

SAAPHI Scientific Webinar Featuring Dr. Cheryl L. Woods Giscombe — April 30, 2014

28 Apr

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) Scientific Committee presents “Innovative strategies for investigating and reducing stress related health disparities in African American women.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:00-2:30PM (EST)

Guest Speaker Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, PMHNP Assistant Professor School of Nursing University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombé’s research focuses on stress-related health behaviors, psychoneuroendocrine biomarkers, and sociocultural contextual factors that contribute to health disparities in African Americans. She developed the Superwoman Schema Conceptual Framework which explicates how obligations to present an image of strength and provide support for family members, friends, and the community may contriImagebute to emotional suppression, neglected self-care, stress exacerbation and stress-related morbidity in African American women including obesity, diabetes, lupus, depression, and substance abuse. Dr. Giscombe also developed two instruments: the Superwoman Schema Scale and the Using Food to Cope with Stress Scale. Recently she has led an NIH-funded research project examining the influence of mindfulness meditation on stress and health in African American adults with pre-diabetes. She aims to develop and implement culturally-relevant stress management interventions that can be widely adopted in community and healthcare settings. Dr. Giscombé’s research has been acknowledged with the “Brilliant New Investigator Award” from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science and the “Leader in the Field/Early Career Award” from the American Psychological Association.

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The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) awarded a $5000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation.

22 Apr

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) awarded a $5000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation.

The grant will help in continuing the mission and development of SAAPHI by providing funding for student travel to the annual conference, dissertation and research support for graduate students, as well as support for SAAPHI’s mentoring program and professional development.

SAAPHI was established in 1991. The organization promotes and utilizes research to inform scientific knowledge, program development, and policy decisions.

Great thanks go to the California Wellness Foundation for this generous grant. The California Wellness Foundation is a charitable organization that provides grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention.



22 Apr

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues

SAAPHI is currently accepting submissions for it’s newsletter. The next issue will be released in June 2014.

All members of SAAPHI are welcomed to send submissions to the newsletter. We welcome submissions on ANY topic related to public health, particularly those that affect populations of African descent (African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, Afro-European, Afro-Canadian).

Please see submission guidelines below:

Types of Submissions

Field Reports ( should not exceed 1,000 words)

Commentaries (should not exceed 800 words)

Essays (should not exceed 800 words)

Research Reports (should not exceed 1,000 words)

Book Reviews (should not exceed 1,000 words)

Announcements (should not exceed 500 words)

Recommended Topics

Policy analysis or thoughts on policy with public health implications

Professional development and career advice

Advocacy efforts; social activism

Summary of research findings

Discussions on public health initiatives

Announcements about or field reports from local, state, national, and international (particularly Pan-African) public health events

Announcements regarding Call for Papers for conferences, journals, etc.

Sharing insights about internships experiences (research, clinical, programmatic)

 Please include the following with your submission:  


Affiliated institution (institution name, department, degree program, etc.)

Title of article

A headshot or picture of yourself engaging in public health work
Also, please follow these guidelines:  

12-point, Times New Roman font

Single spaced

List of references (if applicable)

Please email your article and any questions to

We look forward to your submission! 

Submission Deadline – May 15, 2014

African American Health Program Community Day 2014 — Free Event in Maryland

17 Apr
Register for this FREE Health Fair: 
Please join the African American Health Program on Saturday, April 19 for AAHP Community Day 2014! In honor of National Minority Health Month, this event will inform, educate, and empower African Americans and people of African descent to address health issues impacting their lives, their families, and their communities through the following activities:
  • Interactive Resource Fair and Information Booths
  • Onsite Health Screening (blood pressure, HIV testing, diabetes, cholesterol, vision, BMI)
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Energizing Group Fitness Activities
  • Men’s Health and Wellness Walk
  • Science Demonstrations for Youth
Kick off the morning of the AAHP Community Day with Kendis Gibson, Weekend Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV for our Men’s Health and Wellness Walk (All males young and old).  Meet at Jesup Blair Park, located at 900 Jesup Blair Dr., Georgia Ave. & D.C. Line, Silver Spring, MD 20912 (near Montgomery College, Georgia Avenue entrance). Registration for the Men’s Health and Wellness Walk begins at 8:00 AM and the walk starts at 9:00 AM.

Internationally and Nationally Recognized Speakers!

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director, NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • African American Health Program: (Dr. Abimbola Idowu; Heather Ross)
  • Dr. Marilyn Gaston and Dr. Gayle Porter, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center
  • Tracye McQuirter, Author, International lecturer, and Public Health Expert
  • Mr. Niiobli Armah, NAACP, National Health Manager
  • Dr. John L. Ferrell III, Family Medicine, Team Physician for DC United
  • Dr. Jawara Keith Hunter, Anesthesiologist, Men’s Health
  • Dr. Tiffany Powell-Wiley, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH

Our Partners
  • Montgomery College
  • Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Capital Digestive Care
  • Montgomery County Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 
  • Dr. Khalfani Walker, Elite Dental Services
  • Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • Montgomery County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • The Kaiser Permanente African American Professionals Association
  • Montgomery County NAACP Youth Council
  • Montgomery County Chapter of NAACP
  • Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland

The 2014 SAAPHI Conference theme has been announced!!

13 Apr

The 2014 SAAPHI Conference theme is “Healthography: The Relationship of Place & Health Throughout The African Diaspora”.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the 2014 Conference.

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: US Department of Health & Human Services Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

7 Apr

The US Department of Health and Human Services joins in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the upcoming weeks, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Minority Health, will jointly host activities to both promote health equity and honor courageous individuals and momentous events that continue to define the civil rights movement today.

To commemorate the historic buildup to the signing of the Civil  Rights Act of 1964, we hope you will enjoy and share this
month’s copy of our special newsletter.:

You can also find a copy of the newsletter on OCR’s website at


SAAPHI WEBINAR: Innovative Strategies for investigating & reducing stress-health related disparities in African American women” April 30, 2014 1-2:30PM (PST)

6 Apr

SAAPHI WEBINAR: Innovative Strategies for investigating & reducing stress-health related disparities in African American women

Be sure to register for the upcoming SAAPHI webinar entitled “Innovative strategies for investigating and reducing stress- related health disparities in African American women.” Our featured guest speaker will be Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, PMHNP.

Webinar Registration at: