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Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. William (Bill) C. Jenkins

17 Feb

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It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our beloved founder Dr. William (Bill) Carter Jenkins.  He passed in the company of family and friends on February 17, 2019. This is an incredible loss for the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), Morehouse College, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health as well as the fields of public health and epidemiology in general. For nearly five decades, Dr. William “Bill” Jenkins has devoted himself to eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities and expanding opportunities for racial/ethnic minorities to enter and succeed in careers in biostatistics and epidemiology.

As an unabashed voice for the elimination of disparities, Dr. Jenkins unapologetically, challenged rhetoric and practice that would perpetuate the misnomer that race (rather than racism) is the cause for the unjust and inequitable prevalence of disparate health outcomes forced upon racial/ethnic minorities. In addition, Dr. Jenkins was a caring mentor with a heart for the mentorship of students, student leaders and early career researchers and professionals.

Without his founding vision and direction in partnership with our founding members, SAAPHI would not exist.  A compassionate leader, Dr. Jenkins has inspired many of us to continue this work even when we felt challenged.  He has encouraged us, in the face of opposition, to innovate and find new ways to reach our goal of eradicating unjust, unfair, and inequitable health disparities. He has challenged us to question everything and taught us not to ascribe to the idea that we are limited by what we are told or what we see.  It is because of his leadership and vision that SAAPHI continues to persist.

It is difficult to imagine a world without Dr. Jenkins, who always wore a smile. He has left an indelible impression on me personally as a student, an early career professional and now as a leader in SAAPHI and APHA.  I am thankful for the foundation that he has created for our great organization and I am dedicated (as I hope you are) to continuing his legacy and honoring his memory in all that SAAPHI does.  It was an honor to have had Dr. Bill Jenkins for the time that we have and it is an honor that we are able to continue to honor is life and legacy.

Thank you Bill for your vision, your leadership and for a life well lived.  Rest Well.

Bill is survived by his wife Diane Rowley, daughter Danielle Rowley-Jenkins, nephew Daniel Jenkins, and nieces Robin Jenkins and Alexandra Jenkins.

On Behalf of SAAPHI Past, Present & Future,

Sandy-Asari Hogan, DrPH, MPH, CHES, CPH
President SAAPHI (2018-2020)


2018 Pre-Conference Meeting in San Diego!

31 Oct


Join Us for the 2018 Pre-Conference Meeting!

Conference Theme:  Living History: Honoring Our Past, Uplifting Our Future

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time: 8 AM – 5 PM

Location:  Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA, 92101

Room: SAPPHIRE Ballroom D

We invite you to join us for a dynamic meeting designed to increase understanding of strategies and opportunities aimed at creating and implementing policies to promote health and equity throughout the African Diaspora. The event is scheduled from 8 AM – 5 PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA. 

Lunch included with registration.


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Keynote Speaker:

Rodney G. Hood, MD

101st National Medical Association President

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Navigating Racist Spaces & Places:

Policies & Practices to Advance an Agenda To Eliminate Racism in Public Health

#ForHealth Leveraging Technology to Achieve Health Equity Panel/Webcast

Scientific Symposium & Poster Session

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Learn more about our pre-conference collaborators!

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is a non-profit (501c3) national public health organization comprised of researchers, physician and health advocates dedicated to improving the overall health of African Americans. The organization promotes and utilizes research to inform scientific knowledge, program development, and policy decisions.

The Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) is an independent organization, officially affiliated with the American Public Health Association (APHA). This year BCHW celebrates their 50th Anniversary! BCHW serves as a catalyst for influencing the recognition of the health care needs of Black people in America by APHA and other health related organizations. The organization strives for the elimination of disparities and the reduction of gaps in health and health outcomes by improving the quality of life of people of African descent through advocacy, knowledge, practice and research.

Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) is an online community with a real-world impact! BLiPH is an international group that promotes scholarship, service, self-care, support and a safe space for Black Ladies interested in, training and working in Public Health. serves as a safe-space and resource for Black Ladies in Public Health and our allies!


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Call For Board Nominations – Due Nov. 3, 2018

30 Oct

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The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) is accepting nominations for open positions on the Governing Board. All nominees must be members of SAAPHI.  Appointments will be made on November 16 , 2018 and terms officially begin on Nov 23, 2018

Nominees will serve to promote the SAAPHI mission to provide leadership in the promotion of health and well-being across the African Diaspora through supporting research, student mentorship, professional development, and policy advocacy.

Our current SAAPHI Officers and Board Members include:

President: Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, 2016-2018
President-Elect: Sandy-Asari Hogan, 2016-2018
Secretary: Courtney Bonner, 2016-2018
Treasurer: Natasha Knight, 2016- 2018
Co-Treasurer: Laurie Elam-Evans, 2011-2018

Board Member: Khaliah Fleming, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Thometta Cozart, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: John Sankofa, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Monica Murphy, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Brittny James, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Danielle Campbell, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Victoria Revelle, 2018 – 2020

Board Member: Cherelle (Nikki) Johnson, 2014-2018

Board Member: Brittney Butler, 2014-2018

Board Member: DaRel Barksdale, 2016-2018

Open Positions


  • Serves as Chair of the PR (Membership) Committee
  • Serves on other committees as appointed by the President
  • Perform all duties of the President in his/her absence
  • Succeed the office of President in the event of vacancy and serve until the term expires.
  • Sends out notices of all meetings of the organization
  • Performs other duties as pertaining to the office and as assigned by the President
  • Writes and distributes the minutes of all governing board meeting and all executive committee meetings
  • Keeps regular accounts which shall be open to inspection at all times by officers  or board members
  • Pays the bills of SAAPHI as authorized by the President
  • Serve on other committees as appointed by the President
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  • Participates in monthly conference calls
  • Joins and serves on two committees (Public Relations, Mentoring & Professional Development, Science & Policy, Conference
  • Represents SAAPHI at APHA section meetings and committees

Professionals and students dedicated to SAAPHI’s mission and seeking experience with working on the board of a non-profit organization are encouraged to submit self-nominations by November 3, 2018 to Please include one pdf document with your CV and a brief 1-paragraph bio of the nominee outlining:

  • Background and experience
  • Duration and nature of involvement with SAAPHI and APHA (if you are new to both organizations please state accordingly
  • Vision for SAAPHI

Current board members wishing to serve another two-year term must also submit nomination materials.

If you have questions about this service opportunity and the time commitment it requires, please do not hesitate to contact


2018 Pre-Conference Meeting Registration is Open & Call Abstracts Extended!

1 Sep

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2018 Pre-Conference Edition

The 2018 Annual Pre-Conference is November 10th, 2018!

This year we are partnering with APHA’s Black Caucus of Health Workers (BCHW) and Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH)! The conference theme is Living History: Honoring our Past, Uplifting our Future.

This year the Black Caucus of Health Workers is celebrating their 50th Anniversary!  Join us in celebrating our friends and colleagues as they celebrate this special milestone! Happy Anniversary BCHW!

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Join us in San Diego!! Registration for our annual pre-conference meeting & scientific symposium is OPEN!  For more details visit!

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The theme for the Poster Session & Scientific Symposium aligns with the APHA annual meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity for All.


DEADLINE EXTENDED!! Submit your abstract for our poster session or oral scientific symposium!  2018 call for abstracts OPEN NOW!  Abstracts due September 7, 2018!

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 Highlighted Incentives:

  • enhanced critical thinking, editing and writing skills for your own abstracts an manuscripts
  • academic contribution to the SAAPHI Scientific Symposium and Poster Session
  • certificate of recognition as an abstract reviewer for your CV, contract renewal, or for your tenure and promotion package


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SAAPHI 25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting | RECAP

13 Dec

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Thank you for supporting or attending the SAAPHI 25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting! We had great presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities celebrating excellence in advocacy, research and leadership! Save-the-date for #SAAPHI2018 in San Diego, CA November 2018!


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25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting keynote speaker Dr. Derek Griffith of Vanderbilt University delivers his keynote address “Lest We Forget” the Duality of Blackness: The Art of Pursuing Health Equity“.

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Dr(s). Chandra L. Ford, Rebecca Hasson, Bill Jenkins, and Camara Jones discuss SAAPHI’s role over the last 25 years in advocacy, leadership, and research and its past and future members/leaders’ impact on the elimination of disparities.

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The Science & Policy Committee organized our inaugural policy forum Navigating Uncertainty:  Working Toward Achieving Health Equity moderated by Dr. Jammie Hopkins of the Morehouse School of Medicine.  Various leaders in policy working in various public health related settings, organizations, federal agencies, and academic institutions,  provided great insight into the importance of policy work as well as how those working in these settings might use their work to inform policy presently and in the future. Panelist included:

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Leadership is one of the core founding principles of SAAPHI.   Dr(s). Laurie Elam-Evans, Shiriki Kumanyika, Vickie L. Mays, and Tiffany Gary-Webb provided important perspectives on Building a Legacy of Leadership as panelist on our leadership panel moderated by SAAPHI board member Brittney Francis, MPH.

Panelist shared that In leadership it is important to get involved, teach others, and pass the torch of leadership so others can do the same.

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Scientific Symposium

The 2017 SAAPHI Scientific Symposium & Poster Session  “Building Bridges Between Communities, Research, and Policy to Achieve Health Equity” hosted sixteen (16) poster and four (4) oral presentations  from public health students and professionals from various organizations and academic institutions.  Presenters were judged on various aspects of their presentations.  The following were among the top rated poster and oral presentations with several honorable mentions:


  • Sula Hood, PhD | Indiana University | The African American Family Health Communication Project: A Social Network Analysis of Factors Influencing Family Health History Information Exchanges


  • Cagney Stigger | ICF | The Impact of The Affordable Care Act on Trends in Utilization of Health Services for Management and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Among African Americans
  • Paris Adkins-Jackson | Morgan State University | Predicted Self-care and Self-rated Health for Black Women

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SAAPHI celebrated its 25+ year milestone where it all began at the First Congregational Church UCC of Atlanta.   The First Congregational Church UCC is the second oldest African American Congregational Church in the United States. Additionally, First Church has a rich history of African American organizational firsts that include the creation of the National Medical Association (1894), the Atlanta Interracial Commission (1919), and Atlanta’s first African American Boys Scout Troop.

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SAAPHI Legacy Series Leading up to our 25th year anniversary celebration, we will be hearing from former and current SAAPHI leadership to learn more about the role that SAAPHI has played in their professional success, how they leveraged involvement in SAAPHI to benefit the African Diaspora, why they were drawn to SAAPHI and their vision for SAAPHI moving forward!

Last in our 2017 series is SAAPHI’s Immediate Past Treasurer and founding SAAPHI member, Dr. Cheryl B. Prince, a Maternal & Child Health Epidemiologist previously work at the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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Special thanks to:

A special thank you to JO our event photographer and Dr. Roberts for his photo contributions. 

Global Health Webinar | Partners In Health

11 Apr

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Join the Membership & Professional Development Committee for the webinar series Global Health in Practice with Partners In Health. Learn more about Partners in Health and how their work is making an impact globally.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12 PM EST
Topic: Post-Genocide: Building A Sustainable Healthcare System in Rwanda

Webinar Panelists:

Anatole Manzi, Mphil, MPH, PhD(c)
Director of Clinical Practice and Quality Improvement, Partners In Health

Jean Claude Mugunga, MD, MS.
Senior Manager of Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Improvement, Partners In Health

Lisbee Mumford
Project Manager, University of Global Health Equity

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SAAPHI Policy Webinar Series

24 Mar

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