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UPDATE – ERHD Graduate Certificate Online Program Starts

Director Dr. Eric Bailey

Director Dr. Eric Bailey


Greetings,
My name is Eric Bailey and I am Director & Professor of the new Ethnic & Rural Health Disparities Graduate Certificate Online Program at East Carolina University. I want to welcome you to this very innovative online certificate program. It is the first of its kind in the entire United States and we officially started on August 21st, 2010.

Update: Please feel free to check out my 2015-2016 academic year WELCOME ADDRESS!

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ERHD Alumni – Update – Shanekia Blackshear Joyner

Here is my Selfie with Shanekia.

Here is my Selfie with Shanekia.

Here is Shanekia in her Army uniform.

Here is Shanekia in her Army uniform.

As Director of the ERHD program, it is always rewarding to find out about our ERHD graduates and what they are doing now. A couple of days ago, Shanekia Blackshear Joyner, an ERHD 2014 graduate came to ECU and my office for a visit. She shared with me her latest accomplishments and talked about her experience in her new career.

Shanekia Blackshear Joyner is now a Licensed Practical Nurse at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center – an Army Medical Center in Germany! Yes, I said Germany! She is in the military and an Army specialist who wants to make a difference in the field of nursing, health & medical care but in expanding our Westernized view of the world’s populations.

So please check out our ERHD Facebook page and give a LIKE to our ERHD Graduate who is making and will continue to make her mark in the world! Here are a couple of photos including a Selfie that I took during her visit to my office.

ERHD Alumni – Update – Jessica Miller

As Director of the ERHD program, it gives me great pleasure to find out about the achievements and new opportunities of our ERHD graduates. Last week, I found out that one of our 2015 graduates – Jessica Miller — became Director of the Allied Health Continuing Education a position within the Regional Education and Information Services Division of AHEC.

Jessica Miller - Our latest ERHD graduate

Jessica Miller – Our latest ERHD graduate

As Director, she will plan, implement, and evaluate allied health continuing education programs and assists with other educational activities as well. This position also requires the Director to create and maintain collaborative relationships with nursing and allied health professionals, utilization of resources within and/or outside of the Southern Regional AHEC service area as well as utilization of resources with the Academic Partners, Duke University and the UNC-CH facilities. Additional duties include the coordination of special AHEC projects designed to increase the retention, recruitment of health professionals in the region and designed to increase the number of new allied health clinical sites and educational outreach programs in the region as opportunities arise.

Wow!! This is a great achievement by Jessica and the ERHD program applauds her accomplishment and delighted that our ERHD program provided her with some additional skills and expertise that should help her on her new Director position!

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Admissions

As Director of the ERHD program, I am pleased to announce that our program is accepting applications from qualified graduate professionals for the Fall 2016 Admissions. The ERHD graduate certificate online program is STILL the one and only graduate certificate program in the United States focused specifically on ethnic and rural health disparities. The ERHD graduate certificate online program uses the latest online technology to train public health and medical health professionals in not only obtaining additional expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities but also in developing culturally competent solutions for specific health disparity populations. For a complete overview and introduction to our ERHD program, please go to our website at:

Ethnic and Rural Health Graduate Certificate Online Program

The three major objectives of the ERHD certificate program are to get graduates to:
1. Identify ethnic and rural health disparity issues;
2. Analyze more comprehensively ethnic and rural health disparity issues; and
3. Develop more culturally competent projects, plans and policies that are designed for specific ethnic and rural communities in the United States and communities around the world.

To obtain a graduate certificate in ethnic and rural health disparities, completion of 12 credit hours is required. The ERHD program consists of four online courses:

1. MPH 6005 African American Health – Summer 1 semester
2. MPH 6007 Global Public Health – Fall semester
3. MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities – Spring semester
4. MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities – Summer 11 week semester

Applicants applying to the ERHD program need to submit to our ERHD Admissions Committee the following:

ECU MPH Students ONLY
Letter of Interest
Writing Sample
Recommendation Letter

Other Graduate Students
Letter of Interest
Writing Sample
Recommendation Letter
Transcript
GRE or MCAT Score

Send all materials to:

Director Eric Bailey
ERHD Admissions Committee
Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Program
East Carolina University
209 Flanagan
Mail Stop 568
Greenville, NC 27834

Due date for application materials is March 31st, 2016

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me: baileye@ecu.edu

We are looking forward to a new set of ERHD graduate professionals beginning the Fall 2016!

ERHD Program – Published in Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) has truly come along way since our start just a few years in 2010. With the support of the Department of Public Health at ECU and particularly the previous chairperson – Dr. Lloyd Novick — the ERHD program became established within the system of ECU as one of the unique online programs in the country. Once we began to enroll students in 2010 and 2011, I had a good feeling that we were paving a new way to provide graduate health professionals a higher level of expertise training in public health and medicine that was focused on issues such as health disparities, rural health disparities, ethnic and racial health disparities, global public health, qualitative research, cultural competency and African American health.

With the success of graduating outstanding ERHD students for four solid years, by 2014 I decided that our ERHD program needed to evaluate itself in the manner of an ERHD Alumni Study. With the assistance of our graduate assistant at the time — Shanekia Joyner — Shanekia and I along with Dr. Justin Moore developed the research project and surveyed as many graduates that had the time to complete our online survey.

In March, I presented the results of our 2014 ERHD Alumni Survey study at the Association of Prevention Teaching Research (APTR) Conference in Charleston, SC.. That was a major success and I received invaluable feedback and support from all the professionals who attended the conference.

Now we are receiving additional professional acknowledgment of our program from the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. The journal has published our research study as of September 2015 with an online version and later in 2016 the print (hardcopy) version will be printed in this professional academic peer-reviewed journal.

Here is the article and it is entitled, “A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals.” After review, let us know what you think about our ERHD program by emailing me at: baileye@ecu.edu. We feel very proud of our online ERHD Graduate Certificate program and all those who have assisted us in varying capacities to keep it going from semester to semester and year to year.

I want to sincerely thank all those who have believed in our online ERHD Certificate Program, supported our program in the past and who are continuing to support our ERHD program for the future. I especially feel pleased and grateful for all of our OUTSTANDING ERHD GRADUATES!! Each one of you are THE NEW LEADERS in the field of PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICINE!!

Shannon Spence – Our Latest ERHD Graduate from Summer 2015!

Shannon Spence

Shannon Spence

As Director of the ERHD program, it gives me great pleasure again to announce our latest ERHD graduate from the summer – Shannon Spence. Shannon completed her final course (MPH 6009) Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities this summer. The title of her Capstone Proposal was, “A Proposed Investigation of Physical Activity in African American Faith Based Organizations.”

Shannon’s Capstone Proposal was innovative, informative and professionally-presented. Specifically, the introduction and background research on health disparities among African Americans and physical activity were very insightful. Most importantly, the development of a culturally competent physical activity program that is faith based for African Americans tends to be more effective than standardized physical activity program for African Americans. Finally, Shannon’s Capstone proposal is another example of the outstanding Capstone projects from our ERHD graduates!

So please share this information with your colleagues and send me an email if you want to know about our ERHD program and about our most recent ERHD graduate – Shannon Spence.

Accepting Applications for Spring 2016 Admissions

As Director of the ERHD Program, I am delighted to announce that our program is accepting applications from qualified graduate professionals for the Spring 2016 Admissions. The ERHD graduate certificate online program in ethnic and rural health disparities at East Carolina University uses the latest online technology to assist medical health professionals and public health administrators in not only obtaining additional expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities but also in developing culturally competent solutions for specific health disparity populations.

The three major objectives for the certificate program are to get graduates to:
1. Identify ethnic and rural health disparity issues;
2. Analyze more comprehensively ethnic and rural health issues; and
3. Develop more culturally competent projects, plans and policies that are designed for specific ethnic and rural communities in the United States and communities around the world.

To obtain a graduate certificate in ethnic and rural health disparities, completion of 12 credit hours is required. The ERHD program consists of four online courses:

1. MPH 6005 African American Health
2. MPH 6007 Global Public Health
3. MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities
4. MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Applicants applying to the ERHD program need to submit to our ERHD Admissions Committee the following:

ECU MPH Students ONLY
Letter of Interest
Writing Sample
Recommendation Letter

Other Graduate Students
Letter of Interest
Writing Sample
Recommendation Letter
Transcript
GRE or MCAT Score

Send all materials to:

Director Eric Bailey
ERHD Admissions Committee
Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Program
East Carolina University
209 Flanagan
Mail Stop 568
Greenville, NC 27834

Due date for application materials is October 30, 2015.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email: baileye@ecu.edu

We are looking forward to a new set of ERHD graduate professionals in 2016!

Jessica W. Miller – Our Latest 2015 ERHD Graduate!

Jessica Miller - Our latest ERHD graduate

Jessica Miller – Our latest ERHD graduate

As Director of the ERHD program, it gives me great pleasure to announce our latest ERHD graduate – Jessica W. Miller. Jessica just completed her final course (MPH 6009) Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities this summer. The title of her Capstone Proposal was, “A Qualitative Study Proposal for a Needs Assessment: Gardening Program for Lumbee Indian Youth.”

Jessica’s Capstone Proposal was simply outstanding primarily because it not only provided a wealth of health disparity data on the Lumbee Indians in Robeson County but it also provided the significance of developing culturally competent strategies, cultural health information, and new potential public health initiative as it relates to community gardening for Lumbee Indian youth. Finally, Jessica’s Capstone proposal is truly reflective and representative of all the outstanding Capstone projects from our ERHD graduates!

So please share this information with your colleagues and send me an email if you want to know about our ERHD program and about our latest ERHD graduate – Jessica W. Miller.

Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 ERHD Program at East Carolina University

ERHD Director Eric Bailey lecturing.

ERHD Director Eric Bailey lecturing.

As Director of the ERHD Graduate Certificate Online Program, I want to WELCOME all the new ERHD students to our program for the entire 2015 – 2016 academic year at East Carolina University in North Carolina. Our ERHD program is still the one and ONLY graduate certificate online in the United States that is focused on teaching, investigating and developing specific public health and medical programs designed for ethnic and rural health disparity groups in the United States.

If you are a health and/or medical professional who is interested in health disparities, health equity, medical care, and public health programming OR will be working with specific racial, ethnic, or rural populations as it relates to their health and medical care needs, this Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) program is for you.

Check out my new ERHD Welcome Address and send me an email if you have any further questions or interest in our program.

The ERHD Program – A Successful Model for other DE Programs

Here is ERHD Director Dr. Eric Bailey

Here is ERHD Director Dr. Eric Bailey

On June 3rd, I participated in the Department of Public Health’s DE Graduate Certificate brainstorm session focused on Public Health Foundations and Practice – Training and Discussion at East Carolina University. I was asked to discuss the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) program and how it became so successful of a DE program in just a short period of time.

The all morning session featured other successful programs along with sessions on training faculty with technical tools for teaching DE courses such as mediasite and blackboard. The entire training session for the Department of Public Health was organized by Dr. Greg Kearney since he will be the official Director of the DE Graduate Certificate in Public Health at ECU.

In my talk to the audience as Director of the ERHD Program, I highlighted several key points which has helped the ERHD success. They were: 1. Marketing the ERHD Program, 2. Setting High Standards for the ERHD Program, 3. Finding our particular niche within public health, 4. Setting short-term and long-term goals, 5. Receiving funding support, and 6. Receiving Student feedback to make improvements to the ERHD program.

I received very good response and questions from the audience and hope that I expressed the importance of our ERHD program to the public health field. In fact, the ERHD program is STILL the one and only ONLINE accredited, university program focused on ethnic and rural health disparities! That makes me, our faculty, and hopefully all our current and past ERHD graduates proud (#proudERHDgraduate).

#proudERHDgraduate – Beginning New Tradition for our ERHD Graduates

ERHD Poster - #proudERHDgraduate

ERHD Poster – #proudERHDgraduate

Today, March 23rd, 2015, I want to acknowledge a great ideal that I received from our 2014 ERHD graduate – Crystal Dixon. Last week, Crystal signed her comment on the ERHD Facebook page using #proudERHDgraduate. For one thing, we are very proud to continue to be able to deliver our unique online graduate program focused on ethnic and rural health disparities at East Carolina University and secondly to know that our graduates are PROUD to be associated and graduate from our certificate program. We try each semester to provide the best graduate education for all those interested in our 4 course curriculum and we feel that our graduates are at an advantage in the job market because of this specialized training.

Therefore, I would like for ALL OUR ERHD GRADUATES to spread the word in all types of social media outlets using #proudERHDgraduate when you are discussing your graduate training or issues related to public health, health disparities, cultural competency, future of public health, future of medicine, and future of the U.S. health care system.

Let’s see if we can spread the word of our ERHD program to many other new outlets just using #proudERHDgraduate. Thanks again to Crystal Dixon for this ideal AND I want to thank all of the ERHD students and ERHD graduates for working exceptionally hard in our program and making us feel very proud of your career achievements now and many more years to come!