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

Edited by Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, FACSM

Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Volume 12, Number 2, Fall 2019

Size: 7.25 x 9.5

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 2475-2843


  • Open access

Now an open access journal

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 the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University’s web page for the journal.

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The journal is sponsored by the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.




Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, FACSM,  Winston-Salem State University

Associate Editor

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

Managing Editor & Art/Layout Editor

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

Assistant to the Acting Managing Editor

Dorothy Hinnant, MSOT(C), Winston-Salem State University

Copy Editor

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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
Lenora Campbell, PhD, RN, North Carolina A&T State University
Vera Campbell, PhD, Hampton University
Lee Caplan, PhD, Morehouse School of Medicine
Cheryl Davis, DHA, Tuskegee University
Vanessa Duren-Robinson, PhD, MS, Winston-Salem State University
Christopher Edwards, PhD, BCIAC, IABMCP, Duke University Medical Center
Cynthia Hughes Harris, PhD, Florida A&M University
Denisha L. Hendricks, PhD, Kentucky State University
Owen Johnson, DrPH, Tennessee State University
Francis Abuga Ndemo, PhD, Hampton University
Elijah Onsomu, PhD, MPH, MS, MCHES, 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 2019: Volume 12, Number 2

Editor’s Foreword

Unprecedented Times: Advancing Minority Concerns in the Midst of COVID-19
Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, FACSM

NAMME President’s Foreword

When History Is Our Lesson
Charles N. Collier, Jr., MS

Original Research

An Urban School District-University-Industry Partnership to Increase Diversity in the Health Professions: Lesson Learned from the University of Kansas Health Science Academy
Maria Alonso Luaces, PhD
Aaron R. Alvarado, MD
Jennifer Keeton, EdD
Karin Chang, PhD
Jeff Novorr
Timothy Murrell, EdD
Megha Ramaswamy, PhD

Are Demographic Factors Associated with Diabetes Risk Perception and Preventive Behavior?
Nicole Calhoun, PhD(c), MSN, FN
Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSc, APRN, FAAN
Jianhong Chang, PhD

Using Simulation to Teach Biosafety and Interprofessional Principles to Students Underrepresented in the Healthcare Professions
Matthew Fifolt, PhD, MEd
Marjorie L. White, MD, MPPA, MA
Lisa C. McCormick, DrPH, MPH

Improving Rehabilitation Counselors’ Knowledge of Co-Occurring Disorders, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Practices
Keisha G. Rogers, PhD
Tammara P. Thomas, PhD
Kimboum Kim, PhD
Courtney Ward-Sutton, PhD
Ann Melvin, PhD

African American Nursing Students’ Perceptions of their Professional Image in the Media
DaKysha Moore, PhD, MS
Elijah O. Onsomu, PhD, MPH, MS, MCHES
Tori L. Brown, EdD, RN
Uzoji Nwanaji-Enwerem, PhD(s), MSN, FNP
Mireya Esquivel, BA
Dupree Bush, BA
Shane Richardson, BA

Professional Issue

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP): Harnessing Mentorship to Diversify Organizational Leadership
Eduardo E. Bustamante, PhD
Chris Sawyer
Michael D. Brown, PhD
Oscar E. Suman, PhD
NiCole R. Keith, PhD

Tips for Building a Pathway to Medicine for Underrepresented Minority Students
Sonjia Kenya, EdD, MS, MA
BreAnne Young, MSPH
Nanette Vega, EdD, MA
Janet Bringuez-Sanchez, MEd
Adrian Reynolds, PhD
Stephen Symes, MD

Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion

Becoming a Mental Health Therapist
Kenneth Joyner, MSW, LCSW

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