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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tiffany Carter
- Community Health and Prevention Supervisor, Crater Health District/Virginia Department of Health
For the Crater health district, Tiffany functions as liaison between the District and the communities it serves. She oversees community health programs, health education events, funding and other initiatives to improve community health in Crater localities; as well as fostering and maintaining community partnerships. Additionally, Mrs. Carter assists the District Health Director with engaging local policy makers to address and develop public health policies. As PIO, Mrs. Carter provides public information and leads public relations activities for Crater District Health Departments.
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