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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

19 Jun

Juneteenth is a Celebration of Freedom

June 19th, Juneteenth, is the nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Despite  the Emancipation Proclamation legally ending slavery on January 1, 1863, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were the last to be freed on June 19th 1865. The observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States.  

Juneteenth is a commemoration of African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, encourages reflection and rejoicing, and is also a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today (1).

400 Years of Inequality: Social Justice through Research, Policy & Practice

This year SAAPHI’s annual meeting is an acknowledgement of the work and continued efforts of many organizations, coalition groups, and individuals calling attention to the impact of 400 years of inequality. The use of “400 Years of Inequality” to anchor the 2019 meeting theme is also a demonstration of our solidarity with the work of Dr. Mindy Fullilove, Dr. Robert Fullilove, Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist and others (2,3) as a call to action for those in public health to not only acknowledge inequality and highlight inequity but to work toward solutions to dismantle systemic and pervasive barriers to opportunity and progress.  This year’s meeting encourages academic scholars, researchers, public health practitioners, students and early career professionals, to take a critical look at how their work can not only call attention to  the past 400 years of inequality, but also bring to the forefront the impact of resulting and persisting inequity as well as strategies to promote equity and eliminate disparities through research, policy and practice.

Today’s remembrance of Juneteenth is a reminder that while free there is still work to be done to be liberated from oppressive narratives, policies and research that prohibit progress and that impede access to care, as well as practices that seek to eliminate the culture and history of communities attempting to erase our past and present day success and contributions to society.

SAAPHI is raising money to support annual activities and student/early career awards.  Join us with a donation of $19 or more towards the 2019 annual meeting!  Donate today!

  1. Juneteenth World Wide Celebration. (n.d.) [Web page|. Retrieved  June 19, 2019 rom
  2. Thomas A. LaVeist, Mindy Fullilove, Robert Fullilove, “400 Years of Inequality Since Jamestown of 1619”, American Journal of Public Health 109, no. 1 (January 1, 2019): pp. 83-84
  3. 400 Years of Inequality (2019). (n.d.) [Web page] Retrieved June 19, 2019 from

2019 Annual Meeting – November 2, 2019!

24 May

400 Years of Inequality…

Save the Date! Saturday Nov. 2, 2019 SAAPHI will be in PHILLY!! Our theme “400 Years of Inequality: Social Justice Through Research, Policy, and Practice” is a homage to the vigilant and diligent work of our founder Dr. Jenkins and the many researchers that continue to fight barriers and promote equity!

This year we are being hosted by Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University!! This is a meeting you don’t want to miss!

#AnnualMeeting #HealthEquity #PublicHealth #Inequality #Disparities #Epidemiology #Racism #SocialJustice #Policy #Practice #IntersectionalResearch #SAAPHI #Drexel

2019 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

24 May

Memorial Service for Dr. William (Bill) Carter Jenkins

5 Apr

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Friday, April 5, 2019  |  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Morehouse College

The Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center

830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314


Saturday, April 6, 2019  |  12:00 Noon

Morehouse College

Martin Luther King, Jr, International Chapel

830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314

In lieu of flowers please contribute in memory of William (Bill) Carter Jenkins PhD MPH to the Jenkins Institute ( previously known as Jenkins Orphanage, founded December 16,1891 by Bill’s great uncle Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins.

M. Smith-McNeal Funeral Home & Chapel

843 722-3676


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

SAAPHI Business Meeting

Link to Program Updates & Speakers:


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!


Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force

2018 - Conference Sponsor (Gold)



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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