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Health Disparities and Health Equity

Health disparities, or preventable differences in the burden of disease and opportunities to achieve optimal health, adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic challenges. The Department of Health Behavior and Policy is dedicated to promoting health equity, which aims to reduce disparities and its determinants.

Our research focuses on identifying behavioral, social, organizational and policy factors affecting the heath of individuals and populations, as well as developing and evaluating programs and policies aimed at promoting health and reducing health disparities. To conduct this work towards improving health disparities through a health equity approach, we utilize rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods and engage with diverse communities.

Ongoing Projects

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Kellie E. Carlyle, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: kellie.carlyle@vcuhealth.org

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Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: bernard.fuemmeler@vcuhealth.org

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Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H. [View Image]

Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: anika.hines@vcuhealth.org

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April D. Kimmel, Ph.D. [View Image]

April D. Kimmel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

April D. Kimmel, Ph.D. [View Image]

April D. Kimmel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: april.kimmel@vcuhealth.org

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Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A. [View Image]

Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor

Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A. [View Image]

Maghboobah Mosavel, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: maghboeba.mosavel@vcuhealth.org

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Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D. [View Image]

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Professor

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D. [View Image]

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: vanessa.sheppard@vcuhealth.org

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Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D. [View Image]

Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D. [View Image]

Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: abrahamal@vcu.edu

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Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S. [View Image]

Katherine Y. Tossas, Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: katherine.tossas@vcuhealth.org

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Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc. [View Image]

Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor

Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc. [View Image]

Maria D. Thomson, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor

Department of Health Behavior and Policy

Email: maria.thomson@vcuhealth.org

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