Culture, Race and Health
The Culture, Race and Health Transdisciplinary Core addresses how culture and race/ethnicity impact health and overall well-being, in particular among the citizens of the Crater Health District experiencing disparities. The Crater Health District includes the cities and counties of Petersburg, Hopewell, Emporia, Prince George, Greensville, Surry, and Sussex, Virginia.
Developing interventions to prevent health disparities
Environmental and social factors, along with cultural beliefs and experiences, influence how health and illness are faced and how health services are accessed and received. This core engages in collaborative team science to understand the mechanisms underlying health disparities and also develop culturally informed interventions that are acceptable to community members and likely to reduce disparities.
Transdisciplinary core team
- Cecelia Valrie, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences
Valrie provides expertise in the areas of children’s health and developmental processes, with a special focus on Black children and children with a chronic illness. She co-chairs the core with Kliewer, which includes coordinating activities with team members, responding to iCubed requests and documentation and other administrative duties.
- Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D.
- Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences
Kliewer provides expertise in the areas of family, and child and adolescent well-being. She co-chairs the core with Valrie, which includes coordinating activities with team members, responding to iCubed requests and documentation and other administrative duties.
- Faye Belgrave, Ph.D.
- Tenured Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences and Director, Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention
Belgrave provides expertise with regard to cultural appropriateness of all research and programmatic activities; community partnership and engagement; and program evaluation.
- Leanne Lytle
- Director, Community Impact, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg
Lytle strives to serve the community in equitable, empowering and thoughtful ways that center the needs of all people, especially children and families. She’s served both within and outside of the Crater Region through her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Petersburg City + Schools Partnership and United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, as well as through volunteer service on state and local boards.
- Chelsea Williams, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences
Williams provides expertise in the areas of culturally-informed theories; quantitative methods; cultural processes within families; ethnic-racial identification and identity; and youths’ positive development and adjustment.
- Kelli Williams Gary, M.P.H., Ph.D., OTR/L
- Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Health Professions
Gary provides expertise in traumatic brain injury and other disabling conditions among racial and ethnic minorities using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
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