I am a Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement and Director of the Office of Cancer Health Equity at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. From 2016 - 2020, I served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center for Health Disparities in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. I am certainly no stranger to Wake Forest Baptist Health. From 1993 - 1996, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Gerontology and Geriatrics and obtained his Master's Degree in Epidemiology at Wake Forest University. From 1996 - 2016, I was a member of the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention in Public Health Sciences, and, from 2006 - 2016, he was the Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist.
I am a lifelong resident of North Carolina. I grew up in Robeson County, North Carolina and am an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe. I received my undergraduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and my Master's and PhD in Foods and Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My research focused on chronic disease disparities, with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations.