Approaches to Research Conducted with Diverse Groups within the African American Population

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am


Room 1250, 426 SNB




University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) and U-M School of Social Work (UMSSW) faculty members are coming together for a special panel discussion to highlight and discuss health disparities across the lifespan of African Americans and specialty groups within that population. Read the full story.

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Dr. Jade Burns

Dr. Burns has more than 10 years of experience working with youth (ages 0-21) in a variety of clinical, community-based and academic settings. Her research is centered on innovative approaches using community-engaged research and technology (e.g., social media, mobile apps, messaging) to improve healthcare and sexual health outcomes among adolescents at community health care centers. Her secondary area of interest is improving nursing practice and training programs in underserved areas.

Dr. Sheria Robinson-Lane

Dr. Robinson-Lane is a gerontologist with expertise in palliative care, long-term care, and nursing administration. She has focused her career on the care and support of older adults with cognitive and/or functional disabilities. Dr. Robinson-Lane is interested in the ways that older adults adapt to changes in health, and particularly how adaptive coping strategies effect health outcomes. Her research is focused on reducing health disparities for minority older adults with cognitive impairments and their informal caregivers. Prior to coming to coming to the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Dr. Robinson-Lane completed an NIH-funded advanced research rehabilitation training program in community living and participation with the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Lenette Jones

Dr. Jones is a behavioral nurse scientist interested in eliminating the health disparities affecting African-American women with hypertension. Her program of research is focused on uncovering the mechanisms – biological, psychological, social, and physical – of self-management interventions. She uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to explore the neuroprocesses associated with self-management behaviors, such as diet, exercise, and medication-taking. She also examines how health information behavior (seeking, sharing, and use) can be enhanced to support blood pressure self-management. In her current studies, Dr. Jones is designing and pilot-testing interventions to improve self-management of blood pressure among African American women.

Dr. Jaclynn Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins' research focuses on an examination of barriers and facilitators to chronic illness self-management among Latino and African American men. She also focuses on tailoring chronic illness self-management interventions and social work practice techniques to account for gender and racial/ethnic differences in health behaviors and health outcomes. She is an Associate Director of the Gender and Health Research Lab and a faculty member of the Michigan Center for Diabetes and Translational Research. She received her BA and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley. 

This event is part of UMSN's DEI in Health and Healthcare Series.