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

Edited by Dr. Peggy Valentine, Winston-Salem State University

Frequency: Spring and Fall

Latest Issue: Volume 10, Number 2, Fall 2017

Size: 7.25 x 9.5

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 2475-2843


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.

logos for Winston-Salem State University and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc.Dr. Peggy Valentine is Dean and Professor of the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University.

The journal is sponsored by the National Association of Medical Minority Educators and the North Carolina Alliance for Health Professions Diversity.

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

Acting Managing Editor & Art/Layout Editor

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

Associate Editor

JoAnne Banks, PhD, RN, Winston-Salem State University

Assistant to the Acting Managing Editor

Lakisha Crews, MS

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
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

Spring 2017: Volume 10, Number 2

Editor’s Foreword

Diversity Still Matters
Peggy Valentine, EdD, FASAHP

NAMME President’s Foreword

Remain Steadfast
Charles N. Collier, Jr., MS

Original Research

Examining the Delicate Balance of Maintaining One’s Blackness as a Black Professional on the Predominantly White Campus
Alvin L. Killough, PhD
Eryn Gee Killough, MEd
Eddie Walker II, PhD
Oliver Williams, PhD

Theoretical/Philosophical Essay

Addressing the Social Determinants of Behavioral Health for Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Recommendations for Improving Rural Health Care Delivery and Workforce Development
Tiffany D. Baffour, PhD

Professional Issue

The Role of the Leadership Academy in Cultivating Leadership Development: Perceptions of Prospective Doctor of Pharmacy Students
Daniel Hellmann, PharmD(c)
Jeremy Overton, PharmD(c)
Bianka Patel, PharmD(c)
Carla White, BS Pharm, RPH

Pipeline Programs to Increase the Diversity of Health Professional Students at Western Carolina University: Combining Efforts to Foster Equality
Sharon E. Metcalfe, EdD, MSN, RN
Rebecca Lasher, EdD, MSW
Lisa J. Lefler, PhD
Sarah Langdon, MPH
Ronny Bell, PhD
David Hudson, PhD, PT

Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion

Addressing Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in a College of Nursing
Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Melissa Schwartz Beck, PhD, RN
Cheryl V. Elhammoumi, MSN, RN, CCRN

Efforts of Elizabeth City State University to Increase Health Profession Diversity
Gloria E. Payne, PhD


“Parents of AHEC”: A Key Factor in Minority Student Success
Michelle Boyd, MS, CDP

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