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International Journal of
Ethnic College Health
Volume 1, Issue Number 2
January 2015
ISSN 2167-4108
International Journal of
Ethnic College Health
Volume 1, Issue Number 2


Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Tralonda Triplett

Managing Editor
Tremene Triplett, MA, BBA

Contributing Editors
Dr. Khari Rigg
University of South Florida

Ms. Martinique Free, MPH
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale

Ms. Bianca Smith , MPH
Alumna, University of
Georgia

Ms. Sherre' Tate-Walton
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention
In this issue of the International Journal of Ethnic College Health (IJECH) continues its
commitment to improving quality and effectiveness of health promotion and disease
prevention strategies at Minority-Serving Institutions worldwide.

By providing insights to health promotion research, featuring interviews from elite health
professionals at MSIs, and emphasizing key issues in contemporary research and
information dissemination,
IJECH serves as an invaluable reference for students and
community stakeholders as well.

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
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IJECH At-A-Glance
FEATURE ARTICLE

    Are You SMART Enough? The Get SMART Project Phase I:  Helping Emerging Adults to
    Make Informed Decisions (Students/Society Mobilized and Retooled to Transform)
    By: Lorece V. Edwards, DrPH, MHS, Sabriya Dennis, MA, DrPH & Ian Lindong, MD, MPH,
    Morgan State University - Baltimore, Maryland

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013, about one in four youth ages 13 -24 test positive for
    HIV.  Most alarming is the fact that, 60% of all youth are unaware of their HIV status and unknowingly transmitting the virus
    to others. The Get S.M.A.R.T. Project is two-fold: (1) to prevent and reduce substance abuse (SA) and (2) to prevent the
    acquisition and transmission of HIV/AIDS among African American emerging adults (ages 18-24) urban settings. The Get
    SMART Project is guided by the Transtheoretical Model and the core elements of the Community PROMISE behavioral
    intervention.  More Information  
FEATURE ARTICLE

    Accountability and Voice:  Addressing Pledging and Disengagement in Black Greek Letter Organizations
    By: Vickie Cox Edmondson, Ph.D. & Melvinia Turner King, Ed.D.
    Morehouse College - Atlanta, Georgia

    With the increased attention to hazing on college campuses, particularly in lifetime membership-based organizations
    (LMBOs), this paper seeks to shed light on the phenomenon and the disengagement of LMBO members on MSI campuses.  
    Member disengagement is a critical question because of its impact on the successful operation and sustainability of the
    organization(s).  Of particular interest in this study of LMBOs are members of Black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) and
    their senses of “buyer’s remorse” over selected organizations not living up to their promises.    More Information
RISING STARS SPOTLIGHT

                                  Dr. Brenda Jarmon
                                  College of Social Work
                                  Florida A&M University
                                  Tallahassee, Florida

    It is with esteemed pleasure that the editors and staff of the International Journal of Ethnic College
    Health present Brenda Jarmon, PhD, as the Rising Stars Spotlight recipient for the Winter 2015 edition.
    Dr. Jarmon has been selected for her uncanny ability to overcome certain life obstacles to earn a
    doctorate degree in social work. For her service in one of the nation’s most challenging health issues,
    teenage pregnancy prevention, and for her unique, demonstrated ability to earnestly reach college-
    attending emerging adult populations to pursue higher education, IJECH presents Jarmon as its revered
    Rising Star.   More Information
BUILDING BLOCKS

    If You Can't Site It, Don't Write It:  The Emergence of Plagiarism in the 21st Century
    By:  Monique Thomas
    Florida A&M University - Tallahassee, Florida

    In 2014, Senator John Walsh of Montana had his master’s degree rescinded by the Army War College because he
    plagiarized his thesis.  His actions led to him dropping out his state’s 2014 senate race (Martin, 2014).  More recently, Dr.
    Ben Carson, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has been accused of plagiarizing sections of his book,
    America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Makes This Nation Great. In response to numerous written and online news
    releases, Carson issued an apology stating, “I attempted to appropriately cite and acknowledge all sources in America the
    Beautiful, but inadvertently missed some. I apologize, and I am working with my editors to rectify the situation” (Bradner,
    2015). What must be done?      More Information
BUILDING BLOCKS

    Workplace Health Promotion at Academic Institutions- Potential Found
    By:  Dr. Tralonda Triplett, Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.
    Orlando, Florida

    In their American Time Use Survey, the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that Americans
    between ages 25 and 54, who live in households with children with children under 18 spend as much as 8.7 hours daily on
    work and work-related activities. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014)  Time use for work and work-related activities eclipses
    daily time allocated to leisure and sports, household activities, eating and drinking, caring for others combined.  Following
    federal adoption of the Affordable Care Act, federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    engaged employers and employees nationwide to utilize the workplace as a viable avenue to develop and implement
    effective health and wellness promotion and disease prevention interventions.  More Information
FEATURE ARTICLE

    Collaboration Excellence, Protecting the Health and Environment of Underserved Communities through
    Collaborative Problem-Solving:  College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP)
    By: Sharon Ricks, US Department of Health and Human Services & Mike Burns
    US Environmental Protection Agency - Atlanta, Georgia

    Many small, underserved communities are in need of resources to improve the quality of life for their citizens. While there
    are many state and federal resources available to them, these communities often lack the technical resources needed to
    access and qualify for these resources. EPA, in collaboration with colleges and universities, has developed the
    College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) to address these community concerns, and HHS is an active
    partner. CUPP is working with Schools like Savannah State University, Tuskegee University, Florida A&M University, and
    Clark Atlanta to enlist college students to serve as interns in providing these underserved communities with vital technical
    support.   More Information
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