Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy

Edited by Peggy Valentine, EdD, FASAHP


Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Volume 14, Number 2, Fall 2021

Size: 7.25 x 9.5

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 2475-2843


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The Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity is a publication from the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. Its mission is to provide a forum for the discussion of factors that promote or constrain the development and sustainability of a diverse health professions workforce. The journal is directed toward educators, policy makers and the health community. It is a bi-annual published source of information on maximizing recruitment and retention of culturally diverse health professions and students in the healthcare professional areas. For more information visit WSSU’s web page for the journal.

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Peggy Valentine, EdD, FASAHP,  Winston-Salem State University

Guest Editor

Leslee Battle, EdD, Winston-Salem State University

Associate Editor

Capri G. Foy, PhD, MS, Wake Forest University

Managing Editor & Art/Layout Editor

Elijah Onsomu, PhD, MPH, MS, Winston-Salem State University

Copy Editor

Julie Edelson, PhD, Wake Forest University

Editorial Board

Leslie Allison, PT, PhD, Winston-Salem State University
Stephen Aragon, PhD, Winston-Salem State University
JoAnne Banks, PhD, RN, Winston-Salem State University
Elizabeth Brown, PhD, Tennessee State University
Vera Campbell, PhD, Hampton University
Lee Caplan, PhD, Morehouse School of Medicine
Cheryl Davis, DHA, Tuskegee University
Christopher Edwards, PhD, BCIAC, IABMCP, Duke University Medical Center
Cynthia Hughes Harris, PhD, Florida A&M University
Owen Johnson, DrPH, Tennessee State University
Francis Abuga Ndemo, PhD, United States International University – Africa
Elijah Onsomu, PhD, MPH, MS, Winston-Salem State University
Shelly Powers, PA-C, MC, Howard University
Joan Reede, MD, Harvard University
Peggy Valentine, EdD, FASAHP, Winston-Salem State University
Ellen Yancey, PhD, Morehouse School of Medicine
Bernadette Williams York, PT, DSC, GCS, Alabama State University


Cedric Bright, MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lester Brigman, DNP
Doris Boutain, PhD, RN, University of Washington
Vivian Carter, PhD, MHR, Tuskegee University
Robin Dock, PhD, LPC, LPC-S, ACS, CRC, Winston-Salem State University
Deana Evans, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
John L. Garland, PhD, BCC, GCDF, Alabama State University
Susan Hall, RNC, MSN, Winston-Salem State University
Mark Hand, PhD, RN, Durham Technical Community College
Jennifer Johnson, DNP, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Jennifer Jones-Locklear, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Kimya Nance, PhD, RN, Winston-Salem State University
TaKasha Railey, RN, MSN, CCRN, Winston-Salem State University

Table of Contents

Fall 2021: Volume 14, Number 2

Guest Editor’s Foreword

Are your University’s DEI Initiatives True Commitment to
Change or Merely Optics?
Leslee Battle, EdD

NAMME President’s Foreword

Mental Health as a Vital Sign for 21st-Century Healthcare Providers
Rosalind Gregory-Bass, MD, MS

Original Research

The BioCORE Scholars Program, a Cohort Model, Improves the
Academic Attainment of Biology Undergraduates of Color
Elena M. V. Brezynski, PhD
Eric S. Long, PhD
Mary Jayne Allen, MS Ed
Derek W. Wood, PhD

Representing Diversity or Lack-Thereof: An Analysis of College/
University Health Science Education Program Websites
Mari Knettle, DPT, EdD
Rachel S. King, JD
Amy S. Nowacki, PhD
James K. Stoller, MD, MS
Pinal Patel
Naomi R. Barbor, MS

Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program Practices to
Enhance Student Diversity
Stacy A. Sekely, PT, DPT
Jamar Dues, PTA

A Descriptive Analysis of Comfort Level and Actions of Certified
Athletic Trainers toward LGBTQIA+ Identifying Individuals
Dani M. Moffit, PhD, LAT, ATC
Glenn Edgerton, EdD, LAT, ATC

Teaching Concepts of Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competence,
and Cultural Humility through Learning Experiences in Healthcare Curricula
Jennifaye V. Brown, PT, PhD, NCS
Evan French, PT, DPT, MA
Kathleen J. Spicer, MA
Julie Suhr, PhD

Recruitment and Retention

Overcoming the Legacy of Anti-Black Racism to Advance Health Equity
Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
Kelly Jo Fulkerson Dikuua, PhD

Policy Brief

A Policy Brief: The Removal of ‘X-Waivers’ to Promote Access to Buprenorphine
for Opioid-Use Disorder
Uzoji Nwanaji-Enwerem, PhD(c), MSN, FNP-BC
Ugoji Nwanaji-Enwerem, BS
Theddeus Iheanacho, MBBS, DTM&H

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