Abimbola Fapohuna

Contact Information:
Email: aof3@pitt.edu
 
Professional Biography:
Dr. Abimbola Fapohunda currently holds a part-time faculty appointment in the Department of Africana Studies. Her research interests include the health status of African immigrants, public health program evaluation, racial and ethnic health disparities, disparities in academic achievement among minorities and using a holistic approach to solving behavioral health challenges among minorities.
 
Education:
Dr.PH (Doctor of Public Health - Epidemiology) University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health – May 1999.

MPH (Master of Public Health - Epidemiology) University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health - April 1997.

MS (Master of Science - Food and Nutrition) Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA - August 1992.
 
Research:
2014 Co-Principal Investigator: Cultural Beliefs, Perceptions and Practices of Young Adult Offspring of African Immigrants about Healthy Eating and Activity. (Ongoing)

2013 Principal Investigator: Arab American Muslim’s Perception on Healthy Eating & Physical Activity. Funded by Aetna Foundation.

2013 Co-Principal Investigator: Exploring African Immigrants’ Perceptions and Practices around Healthy Eating and Physical Activity through Photovoice. Funded by Duquesne University, Faculty Development Fund.

2012 Principal Investigator: Prevention of Obesity among African Immigrants Residing in Allegheny County, PA and Montgomery County, MD. Funded by the University of Pittsburgh, Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

2012 Principal Investigator: African Immigrant Study: The preventive health care practices, knowledge and attitudes of West African immigrants in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
 
Selected Publications:
Published Articles
Melanie T. Turk, Abimbola Fapohunda, Rick Zoucha: Using Photovoice to explore Nigerian Immigrants’ Eating and Physical Activity in the United States. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Sep. 2, 2014.

Abimbola Fapohunda & Jerome Taylor: Addressing Consumer Access and Utilization in the Hill District among African Americans Using the Behavioral Health Initiative Model. Journal of Race and Policy. Special Edition. Accepted April, 2014

Virginia D, Wagner M, Fapohunda A: How Outbreaks of Infectious Disease are Detected: A Review of Surveillance Systems and Outbreaks. Public Health Reports / Vol. 119 / September-
October 2004.
 
Abstracts and Presentations
Abi Fapohunda: Role That Health Care Providers Can Play in Helping to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Among Immigrants. 2nd Biennial Pennsylvania Health Equity Conference. August 2014
 
Abi Fapohunda, Irene Gathuru, Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, Maria-Theresa C. Okafor, Guy-Lucien S. Whembolua: Perceptions of Stigma, Illness and Health Care Use among African Immigrants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 2nd United States Conference on African Immigrant Health in September 2014.
 
Abi Fapohunda, Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, Irene Gathuru, Maria-Theresa C. Okafor, Guy-Lucien S. Whembolua: Socio-Cultural Factors Influencing Utilization of Health Care among African Immigrants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 2nd United States Conference on African Immigrant Health in September 2014.
 
Abi Fapohunda & Tiffany Gary-Web: Cultural Barriers/Facilitators to Access and Utilization of Health Care among African Immigrants. American Public Health Association Conference, (Will present in November 2014).
Fapohunda A, Okafor MC, Gathuru I, Ford A: Using A Community-Based Participatory Approach To Empower And Improve Health Status Among African Immigrants. American Public Health Association Conference, November 2013.
 
Fapohunda A, Taylor, J: Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) Behavioral Health Challenges in African American Communities: Referral Process and Treatment Specifications. American Public Health Association Conference, October 2011.