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International Journal of
Ethnic College Health
Volume 2, Issue Number 1
October 2016
ISSN 2167-4108
International Journal of Ethnic
College Health
Volume 2, Issue Number 1

Dr. Tralonda Triplett

Managing Editor
Tremene Triplett, MA, BBA

Contributing Editors
Tenetta Holt, BA
West Georgia Cancer Coalition

Regine Kanzki, MPH
Division Director
Broward Regional Health
Planning Council

Bianca D. Smith, MPH
Research Associate
Michigan Public Health

Valerie A. Sparks, MS
Behavioral Health Counselor
West Central Regional Hospital

Dr. Yonette F. Thomas
Medical Sociologist/Social
The New York Academy of
The Institute for Successful Leadership is proud to continue its commitment to providing a
peer-reviewed repository for excellence in health promotion research and programming targeting
emerging adult populations attending Minority-Serving Institutions.  This issue represents transition to
an annual publication serving as a platform for diverse health promotion program designers to
highlight lessons and progress for effective methods to address this unique sub-population.

Feature Articles detail state-of-the-art programs implemented at MSI's and champion public health
ethics in research, program implementation, evaluation and dissemination. Perspectives is a forum for
opinions on ethical, social, institutional, professional or historical issues affecting application and
implementation of health promotion programming at MSIs.  The Rising Stars Spotlight highlights
trendsetters in the field of health promotion and wellness to diverse populations domestically and
abroad.  Finally, conference and training opportunities are listed to keep our audiences informed and
equipped to meet the changing needs of college-attending emerging adults.   

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 below, or contact ISL via email at with subject line IJECH
IJECH At-A-Glance

           Condom Availability at Historically Black Colleges & Universities                            
           By:  Ronald Braithwaite, Ph.D, Lorece Edwards, DrPH, Clarissa Francis, M.A, Sabriya Dennis, DrPH,
           Ian Lindong, M.D, Rhonda Conerly Holliday, Ph.D & Natalie D. Hernandez, Ph.D
           Morehouse School of Medicine

    This study draws attention to HIV prevention strategies utilized at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with
    an emphasis on condom distribution programs.  Based on the scientific literature, it is well documented that condoms serve
    as a frontline intervention strategy for reducing the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases.  Majority
    institutions of higher education have employed multiple strategies for making condoms available to its student population.  
    With HBCUs the implementation strategies have not historically been comprehensive and typically condoms are only
    available within the student health center.  This study reports on a survey of 105 HBCUs queried to determine on campus
    condom distribution availability and sites.  More Information

           Alcohol, Marijuana, and Risk Behaviors among African American Emerging Adult Students
           By: Lorece V. Edwards, DrPH, MHS, Sabriya Dennis, DrPH, Ian Lindong, MD, Ronald Braithwaite, PhD &        
           Olaoluwa Fajobi, MSPH
           Morgan State University School of Community Health & Policy

    Alcohol, marijuana use, and unprotected sex are major public health concerns among college students ages 18 – 24.  
    However, there is limited information about African American students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    (HBCUs) in areas of health knowledge, health behavior, and overall attitude towards health. Alcohol and marijuana use is
    prevalent during college years and is associated with unprotected sex, sexual assault, drunk driving, dating violence,
    depression, and additional unintended consequences. Unfortunately, these overlapping behaviors have long-term health
    consequences for college students. The Get SMART Project aims to provide re-purposed prevention education to emerging
    adult populations.    More Information

           Impact of Perceived Stress on Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Risky Sexual Behavior among Black Women
           18 to 24 years of Age in an Urban Neighborhood
           By:  Charlean Walls, MPH, Tabia Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., MPH, Robina Josiah Willock, Ph.D., MPH,
           Assia Miller, M.D., MPH, Jennie Trotter, MEd & Shelia Lenoir, MCJ
           Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center &
           The Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Incorporated

    Black college-age women disproportionately experience health disparities including exposure to stress, which may be
    further exacerbated by educational attainment. The association between stress and risk-taking behaviors such as
    substance  abuse and risky sexual behavior has not been thoroughly investigated among young black women. The goal
    of this study was to determine the associations between stress and maladaptive coping mechanisms, including substance
    abuse and risky sexual behavior among black college age women.  More Information

    The Challenge of Providing Mental Health Services and Resources at HBCUs:  
    How Can Faculty and Staff Become More Culturally-Competent to Meet the Unique Needs of Students?
    By: Sharon Brown, PhD & Ajasha Long, BS
    Alabama A&M University

    College is a time of swift transition and inevitable change.  In turn, college students are more susceptible to psychological
    distress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.  Past literature has reported scarcities in representation of
    African Americans and HBCU students in regards to mental health.  The literature that does include minority and diverse
    populations suggests that African Americans and other minorities are less likely to receive appropriate mental health care in
    a timely manner (Alden, 2013).  With regard to this information, HBCUs have indicated a desire to become more competent
    and to learn more about culturally-centered treatment in an effort to meet the unique needs of their student populations.     
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    Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, PhD
    Founder, Life Balance & Wellness Institute
    By: Tremene Triplett, MA
    Institute for Successful Leadership, Inc.

    The International Journal of Ethnic College Health is pleased to salute Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum as the 2016 Rising
    Stars recipient for her tireless work to improve the health and wellness of women of color, especially college-attending
    women, across the lifespan. Brooks-Tatum is proof-positive of the old adage: be careful of the company you keep.
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           Perceived Parental Reaction to College Drinking among Minority Women                
           By:  Ty Wanda L. McLaurin-Jones, Ph.D., Maudry Beverley Lashley, Ph.D. & Vanessa Marshall, Ph.D.
           Howard University

    Emerging research has demonstrated that parents continue to exert their influence on college drinking either directly or
    indirectly. Yet, minority women have largely been overlooked. The objective of this study is tri-fold: to assess the prevalence
    of alcohol use, to examine the relationship between perceived parental reaction to college alcohol use and level of drinking,  
    and to evaluate views on familial influence of alcohol use. Utilizing the sequential explanatory design, a mixed-methods study
    was conducted with a sample of 413 female students attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
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