Established in 1998, Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved (CV) is a division of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. CV is a dynamic advocate for change in pursuit of one simple goal – a healthier America. While programs and activities are diverse, the core focus remains sharp: build stronger communities by strengthening the health of families. The organization’s mission is to listen to voices in the community that often go unheard and take an active leadership role in improving health for all.

The Legacy of Community Voices

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Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved has three major functions: 1) educate by teaching best practices for health care in underserved communities and inform national leaders on the impact of access to care, 2) advocate by fighting through word and deed to improve economic and cultural conditions that are part of the social determinants of health and 3) elevate by lifting families, communities and the nation through better health and health care Community Voices works to facilitate care, plans and conducts research, seeks funding, provides technical assistance and secures commitments for progress. The organization recruits champions to bring energy and talent into the struggle for health. Community Voices empowers individuals, families and communities to seek their own improvement. The efforts of Community Voices are focused in five key areas: health and prison, mental & behavioral health, men’s health, adult and childhood obesity, and health and social policy.

More about the history of Community Voices and signature initiatives can be found in “The Legacy of Community Voices

 

 

 

Community Voices Faculty and Staff

 

Starla Hairston Blanks, MBA, MPH, CPHP

Starla Hairston Blanks, MBA, CPHPis the Director of Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved of Morehouse School of Medicine, which is dedicated to addressing health disparities, research, policy and practice. Mrs. Blanks oversees all Community Voices operations and research efforts focused on health equity, health disparities, help seeking behavior and the impact of incarceration on communities. Additionally, she is charged with the evaluation of numerous nationwide projects related to community health, access to care, health policy, and chronic disease. To this position she brings experience working at the local, state, and national levels on health promotion, health policy, diversity and access to care issues. Ms. Blanks has published in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored book chapters, written articles for community newspapers, and provided interviews for local television and radio shows concerning health equity and disparities. She serves on the board and advisory committees for government and non-profit organizations. She is a nationally recognized trainer with certifications in public health practice, adult learning, community organizing, smoking cessation and chronic disease who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in non-profit leadership and a graduate degree in public health.

Starla Hairston Blanks, MBA, MPH, CPHP
Director, Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive SW, Suite 216B
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-752-1977  Fax: 404-752-1198
Email: sblanks@msm.edu


 

Toyosi Adekeye, MBBS, DrPH

Toyosi AdekeyeToyosi Adekeye, MBBS, DrPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, and the Director of the Community Health Leadership Program, Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Adekeye earned his Medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA), a Masters of Public Health, and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His research is focused on chronic disease prevention through the utilization of culturally effective and appropriate strategies to address health disparities, especially disparities disproportionately affecting minority and other vulnerable populations.

Toyosi Adekeye
Assistant Professor, Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Director, Community Health Leadership Program
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-752-1907


 

Henrie Treadwell, Ph.D.

pharsp_img3Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D. is Founding Executive Director and Senior Advisor for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved. Dr. Treadwell also has an appointment as a full-time Research Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Chair of The Links Incorporated, National Childhood Obesity Initiative. Her work encompasses formulation of health and social policy options, oversight of programs designed to address health disparities and the social determinants of health, and special programs to facilitate re-entry into community of those engaged with the criminal justice system with a special emphasis on poor boys and men/boys and men of color. Dr. Treadwell is also co-editor of “Health Issues in the Black Community (2009)” and Section Editor-Social Determinants in the Journal of Men’s Health. She also oversees the dissemination of policy briefs, fact sheets and other media products to inform the policy makers and the public and communities of policy and program options to improve health access.

Dr. Treadwell’s educational background includes the bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, in which she enrolled as the first African American student as a result of a desegregation lawsuit. Her further education was at Boston University where she obtained a master’s degree in biology, and Atlanta University where she received the Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dr. Treadwell has also completed postdoctoral work at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Treadwell frequently appears on syndicated radio and television networks aired throughout the world. In addition, she is a published author of numerous monographs and peer reviewed articles. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Public Health and the International Journal of Men’s Health and Gender; she also serves on the external advisory committee for the MPH program at Morehouse School of Medicine and she is a recent inductee into the Leadership Atlanta Fellowship Class of 2006. She serves as a member of several professional organizations including and the American Public Health Association, Academy Health, Women in Philanthropy, and Sigma Xi. Dr. Treadwell is also a member of several organizations dedicated to community services including Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and The Links, Inc.

Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D.
Founding Director & Senior Advisor, Community Voices and Men’s Health Initiative
Research Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Email: htreadwell@msm.edu


 

Jareese K. Stroud

Jareese StroudJareese Stroud is the Program Manager for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at the Morehouse School of Medicine.  Her supportive research focuses on Childhood Obesity Prevention, Oral Health, and Prison Reentry.  She attended Morris Brown College where she graduated Cum Laude in June 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. She was the recipient of many honors and awards for her leadership as well as academic studies.  Ms. Stroud firmly supports the vision of Community Voices by assisting the Director in implementing the primary program focus on a local and national level.  Additional experience includes management, administration, communication, and strategic development/planning. Ms. Stroud lends her talent to her personal mission of providing a voice for the underserved.

Jareese K. Stroud
Program Manager, Community Voices
National Center for Primary Care
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-752-1907
Email: jstroud@msm.edu


 

Whitney C. Graves

Whitney C. GravesWhitney C. Graves, MPH is a Research Assistant for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine.  With this position, she has provided program technical assistance and research support for numerous projects addressing: chronic disease among adult populations, childhood obesity, oral health, and healthcare reform.

Ms. Graves is a native of Hampton, VA and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (with a concentration in Pre-Medicine) from Elizabeth City State University in 2011.  However, her desire to solely pursue a career in medicine was altered by her participation in several research programs that sparked her interest in the field of Public Health.  With a concentration in Epidemiology, Ms. Graves recently received her Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in May 2013.  In the future, she plans to attend medical school and wants to specialize in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.  As a physician, she hopes to continue to serve medically underserved communities and contribute to research targeting health disparities among impacted minority populations.

Whitney C. Graves
Research Assistant, Community Voices
Community Voices C/O Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Dr. SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-8914
Email: wgraves@msm.edu


 

Latempestt Johnson

Latempestt JohnsonTempestt Johnson, MBA is a Case Manager for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her position supports the PATH Program, which is designed to transform at-risk youth and increase their employability.

Ms. Johnson is a Chicago, IL native, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Jackson State University in 2013. In the fall of 2013, she matriculated to Shorter University’s Master of Business Administration program, and graduated with honors on December 10, 2015. Ms. Johnson is committed to helping at-risk youth and young adults make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential.

Latempestt Johnson
PATH Program Case Manager, Community Voices
Community Voices C/O Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Dr. SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-8914


 

Olivia Osaji

Olivia OsajiOlivia Osaji (Starkville, MS) is a research assistant for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. Ms. Osaji attended Mississippi State University, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences (concentration pre-med) in 2012. In fall of 2014 she matriculated to Morehouse School of Medicine Master of Public Health (MPH) program and is currently a rising second-year student. Her interests include global health, oral health, and environmental health. She is also interested in HPV and oral cancer, and hopes to contribute research to provide preventive measures/tools against such health risks.

Upon completion of the MPH program, she plans to attend dental school and wants to specialize in Orthodontics. As an orthodontist, she hopes to provide not only basic dental care to rural/underserved communities, but to also provide patients with a natural beautiful smile to help boost one’s self-confidence and self-image. She would also love to return back to her father’s native country of Nigeria to provide dental services and prevention methods of oral cancer and other oral diseases through a non-profit organization she wishes to establish.

Olivia Osaji
Research Assistant
Community Voices C/O Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Dr. SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-8914
Email: oosaji@msm.edu


 

Kwanza Boone

Kwanza BooneKwanza Boone is a Research Assistant for Community Voices. Mr. Boone is a second year graduate student at Morehouse School of Medicine class of 2016. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in biological science/ pre-medicine with a minor in psychology. With interest in health promotion, global health, epidemiology, and African American men’s health, he wants to further engage in doing research with health disparities in vulnerable populations with scarce resources and maximize opportunities and community mobilization in underserved areas. He aspires to obtain his Doctorate of Public Health or attend medical school focusing on internal medicine.

 

Kwanza Boone
Research Assistant
Community Voices C/O Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Dr. SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-8914


 

Harriett Browne

harriet-browneHarriet Browne is from Lawrence, Kansas. She has a degree in Medical Anthropology and African Studies from the University of Kansas. Prior to working at Morehouse School of Medicine, Ms. Browne worked as public health educator in Uganda, Dominican Republic and Ghana. Ms. Browne enjoys traveling and doing yoga. Harriet Browne received a NIH Diversity Supplement Grant with the TCC. A grant that allows individuals interested in graduate school an opportunity to serve as a research assistant as well as receive mentorship during the process of applying to graduate school for two years. Ms. Browne long term goal is to practice medicine globally to underserve communities.

 

Harriett Browne
Research Assistant
Community Voices C/O Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Dr. SW, Suite 216
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: 404-756-8914


 

Kourtney A. D. Byrd

is a Graduate Research Fellow at Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. Ms. Byrd is a second year graduate student at Morehouse School of Medicine class of 2017. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from Georgia State University in 2015. With interest in African American men’s health, violence prevention, and health policy, she wants to further engage in doing community-based participatory research in underserved areas. She aspires to obtain her Juris Doctorate degree and combine her community knowledge with law in order to improve health policies across the United States.