FEATURE ARTICLE

    HIV Knowledge and Risk Factors among Female College Students at Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs):  Alabama A&M,
    Benedict College, Fayetteville State University, Morgan State University, Southern University and A&M College
    By:  Sandra C. Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC (Southern University School of Nursing), Shirley F. Wade, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (Southern University
    Student Health Center), Trina Scott, BA (Young Women of Color Initiatives at Advocates for Youth, CDC, Washington, D.C.) &   Amy Dellinger, PhD (Data
    Analysis and Training Associates, LLC)

    To explore what demographic characteristics and risk markers among college age African American females are associated with
    HIV knowledge and to examine the differences (based on geographic location) between demographic characteristics, risk markers,
    and HIV knowledge, a sample of college women from five HBCU sites across the United States submitted pencil-and-paper surveys
    for analyses.  The study population consisted of 707 African American females between the ages of 18 and 24 years of age. The
    HIV Knowledge Questionnaire (Carey & Schroder, 2003) was used to measure HIV knowledge.  A demographic questionnaire was
    used to assess characteristics of the sample and risk markers.  
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International Journal of
Ethnic College Health
Volume 1, Issue Number 1
April 2014
ISSN 2167-4108
International Journal of Ethnic
College Health
Volume 1, Issue Number 1


Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Tralonda Triplett

Managing Editor
Tremene Triplett, MA, BBA

Reviewers
Dra. Ursula Aragunde-Kohl
Universidad del Turabo

Dr. Clyde B. McCoy
University of Miami,
Leonard M. Miller School of
Medicine

M. Lisa McDonald McGee, M.Ed.
Meharry Medical College,
TN-MMC HBCU Wellness Project

Dr. Rueben C. Warren
Tuskegee University,
National Center for Bioethics in
Research and Health Care
The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Ethnic College Health (IJECH) is committed
to establishing its role as the leading repository of health promotion and disease prevention
strategies at Minority-Serving Institutions worldwide.

To that end, IJECH features articles from health professionals at MSIs, highlights exemplary
professionals in the fields of public health research and provides insights on contemporary issues
affecting health promotion and disease prevention among college-attending emerging adult
populations of diverse cultural backgrounds.

International Journal of Ethnic College Health is published by the Institute for Successful
Leadership, Inc., exclusively for subscribing members. Full articles are available to IJECH
subscribers. References for published articles and any additional questions are available upon
request to the Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.  For more information on subscriptions,
please click
here.  To submit abstracts for publication, please click here.
FEATURE ARTICLE

    Anxiety and Depression Amongst College Students which can lead to suicide:  What are some of the symptoms and causes and where can
    students receive help at their Institution?
    By:  Dr. Sharon M. Brown, CRC, Associate Professor, Langston University

    We surveyed a small sample of 182 undergraduate and graduate students to assess their knowledge of anxiety; depression and
    mental health at a land grant historically Black College (HBCU). Of the sample size 51.8% of them were females and 48.2% males.
    Out of the total number of students, 98.2% of them stated that they know how to get help while 1.8% did not know where to get
    help.  A simple pencil-and-paper survey was designed to ask college students how they view their life in general, how they rate
    their social/interpersonal relationships, how they view others, flexibility and their view of others, where they can find help on campus
    and major causes of depression and anxiety.  More Information
FEATURE ARTICLE

    Bridging the Gap: Bringing HIV Prevention Education from the Streets to the Classroom
    By:  Porcher T. Jackson & Dr. Cynthia Burwell, Norfolk State University

    This article discusses an adaptation to evidence-based interventions CHAMPS and SISTA to elicit information about HIV prevention
    education suited to college-attending, emerging adult populations attending Norfolk State University and additional populations.  In
    so doing, target Population(s) included Collegiate/Secondary Level Educators, Health Care Educators, Community-Based/Primary
    Health Care Providers, Peer Educators, Peer Counselors, Prevention/Outreach Workers (i.e. with an emphasis on serving African
    American college students) and African American College Students.  The article’s goals and objectives will focus on HIV prevention
    education challenges which significantly impact African American college students. More Information
RISING STARS SPOTLIGHT

                           Dr. Raymond Samuel - Principal Investigator
                           Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative
                           By:  Treméne Triplett, MA, Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.

    The International Journal of Ethnic College Health is proud to spotlight the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of Dr.
    Raymond Samuel in Rising Stars for its inaugural issue.  Let his commitment to excellence in academic rigors, training and health
    and wellness programming inspire you to accomplish the same in your community and areas of influence.  Samuel, MD, Ph.D. is
    the principal investigator for the Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative, a five-year, $13.5 million grant funded by the
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Under Samuel’s direction,
    Hampton University serves as the lead institution in partnership with several other historically black colleges and universities,
    among them: Jackson State, Clark Atlanta, Howard, North Carolina A&T and St. Augustine’s University.  The goal of the grant is to
    reduce health disparities among minority men, with an overarching goal to improve the health of all Americans.  Through the
    collaborative efforts of the partnership, six health concerns will be addressed: prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
    obesity, melanoma in Hispanics and violence prevention.  Hampton University President William Harvey announced the grant
    award in July 2013.  More Information
BUILDING BLOCKS

    Cultivating a Campus Wellness Culture: The Norfolk State Model
    By:  Drs. Cynthia Burwell, Sheila Ward, Emogene Johnson-Vaughn (Norfolk State University) & Dr. Glendola Mills- Parker (Morgan State University)

    Time and substance are of the essence in the college years and in the general education preparation of students. In the first two
    years of one’s college education, every subject cannot be taught; hence, what is to be taught, should prepare the student for the
    highest quality of life. The roles of health education and physical education both make a unique contribution.  Most institutions of
    higher education and HBCUs have all but eliminated these courses from the general education core curriculum. Strategies will be
    highlighted that were key to Norfolk State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science success in
    overcoming the decision of the general education council’s proposal to combine and possible eliminate the courses.  More
    Information
PERSPECTIVES

    Essay:  Beyond the Hippocratic Oath-New Ethical Imperatives for Health Professionals
    By:  Dr. Tralonda C. Triplett, Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.

    The pursuit and maintenance of good health as a physiological principle contributing to qualities of life is not new in and of itself.  
    Contemporary studies however, have acknowledged that health promotion and disease prevention are as much social and cultural
    commentaries as they are studies of the maladies of the physical body.   However, technological advances, 24-hour news cycles,
    and increased reliance of scientific progress based on previous studies require contemporary health professionals to expand
    ethical standards beyond “do no harm” to require compassion as a matter of professional ethics.  Specific steps are listed to
    illustrate compassion not as a substitute for scientific process, but as a pivotal addition that ensures not only the integrity of the
    Scientific Corpus, but allows scientists opportunity and privilege to continue to study underserved populations.  More Information
PERSPECTIVES

    Call to Action:  Ethics, Health Protection & Advocacy for Foster Children
    By:  Dr. Tralonda C. Triplett, Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.

    As medical professionals, our intention to advocate improvement of health status of human populations innately includes accepting
    the challenge of protecting the health of the most vulnerable among us.  There currently exists what may be the single most
    important stance we must take to protect one of the most vulnerable populations in our country—foster children.  NBC News
    recently published, “Government tested AIDS Drugs on Foster Kids,” (Please see http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7736157/ns/health-
    aids/t/government-tested-aids-drugs-foster-kids/#.Uin3SdKsjck) detailing research studies completed in the late 1990s by National
    Institutes of Health grantees to test AZT on sero-positive foster children diagnosed with HIV in Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North
    Carolina, Colorado and Texas.  While these tests availed children to treatments that they would not otherwise have access, 90% of
    these tests were completed without mandatory advocates to explain research protocols to foster parents or monitor participant
    reactions to treatments.  In these studies, foster children were not provided the same ethical protections as other children in terms
    of requisite informed consent by parent(s), although existing federal legislation specifically details otherwise for children who are
    wards of the State participating in health research.  Health professionals and concerned citizens must mobilize now to inform
    federal funding sources like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that this mistreatment
    cannot continue.  More Information
CONFERENCES & MEETINGS
    Please click here for upcoming events, activities and meetings addressing various phases of the health promotion and disease prevention spectrum.
    Visit the listed websites for further information. The Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc. and the International Journal of Ethnic College Health
    assume no responsibility for completion or content of these events.  

FUNDING & COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES
    Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative – Pilot Programs
    Contact Name:  Cheryl Gray Evans, Hampton University,  757-727-5439
    Contact information:  http://minoritymenshealthinitiative.hamptonu.edu/page/Pilot-Project-Program

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Health Impact Assessment for Improved Community Design  -
    US Department of Health and Human Services
    CDC-RFA-EH14-1407
    Contact Information:  www.grants.gov

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