Faculty & Staff
Dr. Bob Aronson
Director & Associate Professor of Public Health ProgramOffice Location: Euler 134
Phone: (765) 998-4512
Specialties: Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, Minority Health, Men and Masculinity, International Health, Community Health Education, Community Development, Infant Mortality Prevention, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Ethnographic Research Methods, Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Community-Based Participatory Research
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Robert Eric Aronson
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Doctor of Public Health, Department of International Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Track: Social Science and Public Health. Degree conferred: May 1997. Dissertation: The Influence of Residential Context on Pregnancy Outcome: A Multi-Method and Multi-Level Study.
Master of Public Health, Department of Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Degree conferred: May 1986. Track: Rural and Cross-Cultural Health. Thesis: Camp Cohesiveness: A Study of Social Networks in Hispanic Migrant Camps.
Bachelor of Arts, Department of Social Sciences, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Concentration: The Human Needs and Global Resources Program. Degree conferred: May 1983.
PROFESIONAL EXPERIENCE (POSITIONS)
Associate Professor and Director, Public Health Program, Taylor University, Upland, IN.
Associate Professor: Department of Public Health Education, School of Health and Human Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Member of the Graduate Faculty.
Assistant Professor: Department of Public Health Education, School of Health and Human Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty.
Adjunct Assistant Professor: Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK. Member of the Graduate Faculty.
Assistant Professor: Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK. Member of the Graduate Faculty.
Investigator: Native American Prevention Research Center, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK.
Independent Consultant: Community Health Diagnostics, Baltimore, MD.
Senior Research Program Coordinator: Department of Maternal and Child Health, Johns Hopkins University.
Faculty Research Assistant and Associate Director: Cultural Systems Analysis Group (CuSAG): Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland at College Park.
Research Assistant: Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Director: Health and Human Services Division, Shaw-Speaks Community Center, Cape Fear Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Wilmington, N.C.
Research Assistant: Department of Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
FUNDED PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
A. Funded Research:
Co-Principal Investigator (15%) on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Public Health Systems and Services Research Grant. “Determining what factors influence local health departments to meet their responsibility for improving population health.” Study examined multi-level factors influencing whether local health departments engage in evidence-based public health to address population health and health disparities. Project period: December 2011-November 2013. Total award: $200,000.
Faculty Mentor for Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities pilot study. “Exploring Sexual Identity Development of African American Males aged 18-25 at a Historically Black College and University” Study funded through the Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, Community Engagement Core. Schenita Davis (P.I.), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Department of Nursing. Project period: July 2010-May 2011. Total award: $70,000.
Principal Investigator of pilot study (30% for academic years 08-09 and 09-10). “Personal assessments of gender and self-reported sexual behavior among African American male college students.” Study funded as part of center grant funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Wallace, Debra C. (PI). TRIAD Center for Health Disparities. 1P20MD002289-01, NCMHD/NIH, 10/1/2007-9/30/2012, Total amount requested by center: $6,589,787.
Co-Investigator of pilot study (8% for academic years 09-09 and 09-10). “Development of Instruments for Tailored Interventions to Prevent and Treat Hypertension among Young African American Men.” Study funded as part of center grant funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Wallace, Debra C. (PI). TRIAD Center for Health Disparities. 1P20MD002289-01, NCMHD/NIH, 10/1/2007-9/30/2012, Total amount requested by center: $6,589,787.
Principal Investigator (30%). Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HIV/AIDS Prevention with African American heterosexual men attending college: A CBPR Approach. Cooperative Agreement #1UR6PS000690-01. Four year funding (2007-2011), $860,586.
Investigator (15%). Study funded by the Office of Minority Health, US DHHS: Community Focused Initiative to Reduce the Burden of Stroke. D. L. Bibeau, P.I. of subcontract. Total four-year funding (2004-2008), $443,534.
Co-Investigator (10%). Project funded by the Office of Family Planning, US DHHS: Family Planning Male Training Center. H. William Gruchow, P.I. Year One (2004-2005) funding, $500,000. Total five-year funding, $3,000,000.
Co Investigator (5%). Study funded by the Office of Family Planning, US DHHS: Young Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Education, Counseling and Peer Mentoring. H. William Gruchow, PI. Year One (2003-2004) funding, $260,000. Total five-year funding, $1,200,000.
Principal Investigator (18.75%). Pilot study funded by the NIH–Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities (MD-02-002, Debra Wallace is P.I. of EXPORT Center proposal). High Risk Sexuality and Masculinity in Black College Males. October 2003-June 2005. Total costs for mini-grant $27,502.
Principal Investigator (25%). IPA Agreement (#021PA24355) with the Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Consultation in evaluation and ethnographic research for Project DIRECT. March 2002 - April 2006. Total costs of contract $76,663.
Principal Investigator. Funding from the Center for the Study of Social Issues, UNCG: “Exploring Masculine Constructs and Adjustment to College Life Among Men of Color at UNCG: Using Research to Strengthen the Work of Brother 2 Brother.” November 2001- June 2002, $8500.00.
Co-Investigator (20%). Study funded by the Abandoned Infants Assistance Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration: Sharon Simpson, Principal Investigator. Robert Aronson, principal investigator of the evaluation subcontract. Subcontract budget $42,570. October 1, 2000-September 30, 2001.
Principal Investigator for subcontract (20%). “California Healthy Cities and Communities Project Evaluation” Subcontract from Emory University. Michelle Kegler was the principal investigator of the overall evaluation. Sept. 9, 1999 - Sept. 30, 2003.
Investigator (5%). “Evaluation of the HEART of OKC Project.” Principal Investigator: Roy Oman. Overall project including the subcontract for evaluation was submitted to CDC for a project period Sept 30, 1999 to Sept. 29, 2000. Total costs for the subcontract $85,991.
B. Proposals Submitted:
Principal Investigator (30%). “HIV Prevention with Young Black Men Using CBPR.” Proposal submitted to NIH (NCMHD, R-24) in response to RFA-MD-12-006: NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase. Total requested for three year study was $803,759. Submitted June 2012.
Co-Investigator (7%). Proposal submitted to NIH (R-21) by Wake Forest University Medical Center with a subcontract to UNCG. Exploring female sex work within the North Carolina immigrant Latino community. This study will advance the field of HIV prevention research by documenting female sex work and identifying potential leverage points to reduce HIV risks. Total requested for the two year UNCG subcontract was $77,635. Submitted September 2011 (not funded).
Principal Investigator (20%). Proposal submitted to NIH (NCMHD) in response to RFA-MD-10_004: NCMHD Innovative Faith-Based Health Disparities Research (R-21). Wise Guys of Faith: A Faith-based Supplement to a Comprehensive Sexuality Education Program for African American Boys. Total costs requested for 2-year project, $383,625. Submitted June 2010 (scored but not funded).
Principal Investigator (30%). Proposal submitted to NIH (NCMHD) in response to FOA-MD09-006 - Recovery Act Limited Competition: NCMHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase (R24). Brothers Leading Healthy Lives: HIV Prevention with Young Black Men Using CBPR. Total costs requested for 2-year planning grant, $890,941. Submitted June 30, 2009 (scored but not funded).
Principal Investigator (75%). Proposal submitted to CDC, in response to RFA-CD-04-001 (Mentored research scientist development award K-01.) January 1, 2005-December 31, 2007. Total costs requested for Year One, $212,928. Submitted June 23, 2004.
Co Principal Investigator (20%). Proposal submitted to NSF: Does Masculine Ideology Correlate with HIV Risk Behavior? Willie Baber, Co-PI. September 2002-August 2005. Total costs requested $209,875. Submitted August 15, 2003.
Co Investigator (20%). Proposal submitted to HRSA, Maternal and Child Health Bureau: The Breastfeeding Needs Assessment Questionnaire. Paige Hall Smith, PI. January 1, 2004-December 31, 2007. Total costs requested $1,102,399. Submitted August 13, 2003.
Co Investigator (20%). Proposal submitted to NIH: (Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health): African American Masculinity, Context and Risks for HIV. Willie Baber, PI. July 2003-June 2006. Total costs requested $774,000. Submitted January 1, 2005.
Co Principal Investigator (18%). Proposal submitted to NSF: Masculinity Constructs of African American Males Across Generation and Class. Willie Baber, Co-PI. September 2002-August 2005. Total costs requested $146,060. Submitted December 1, 2001, resubmitted August 2002.
COMMUNITY BASED PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE
Cape Fear Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church, Wilmington, NC. Directed the Health and Human Services Division of a private, non-profit organization serving a thirteen county region of Southeastern North Carolina. Initiated a community-based health promotion program through black churches in a four county area, called the “Community Health Advocate Training Program” (CHAT).
The North Carolina Coalition for High Blood Pressure Control, Department of Human Resources, Adult Health, Raleigh, N.C. Worked with a state-wide coalition of health professionals to examine ways to promote their cause of high blood pressure control at the local community level. Authored a manual to be used state-wide on how to organize and maintain local coalitions around the topic of high blood pressure control.
HCJB Community Development, Ecuador, South America. Worked with a U.S.A.I.D. funded water resources program among the Shuar Indians of Morona Santiago, Ecuador. The program trained specialized health promoters to serve as "water technicians". This program interfaced with the training of village health promoters in the Primary Health Care Program of HCJB Community Development. Specific duties included: training a team of seven Shuar Indian men in the construction of hand-augured wells and the installation of hand-pumps. Conducted ethnographic research on cultural practices around the utilization of water in Shuar villages, and the influences of those practices on health and disease.
PUBLIC HEALTH TEACHING AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE
A. Courses Taught at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2001-present)
1. Graduate level courses in community health education (MPH/DrPH)
HEA 603, Community Health Analysis (Fall 2001-2007, 2012)
HEA 611, Community Health Interventions II (Spring 2002-2003)
HEA 609, Community Health Interventions (Spring 2004-2013)
HEA 753, Qualitative Research Methods (Doctoral Seminar) (Fall 2007, 2008)
HEA 759, Community-Based Health Education Research (Doc. Sem.) (Fall 2010, 2012)
2. Undergraduate level courses in community health education (BS Degree)
HEA 405, Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall 2001)
HEA 340, Community Observ. and Assessment (Spring 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007)
HEA 308, Introduction to Public Health Education (Fall 2002-Fall 2006)
HEA 202, Peer Health Education (Fall 2010)
B. Graduate Level Courses Taught at University of Oklahoma (1998-2001)
HPS 5213, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (1999, 2001)
HPS 5463, Community Assessment and Organization (1998, 1999, 2000)
HPS 5503, Introduction to Health Promotion and Health Education (1999)
HPS 6230, Doctoral Seminar-Socialization to Professional Practice (2000)
HPS 6230, Doctoral Seminar-Theory and Models of Practice (1999)
HPS 5960, Directed Readings in International Health Promotion (2000)
HPS 5960, Directed Readings in Program Evaluation (2000)
HPS 5960, Directed Readings in Social Justice and Public Health (2000)
C. Other Teaching and Training Experience (1985-1996)
Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute. Community Assessment and Program Evaluation. Oklahoma State Department of Health, Instructor (1998, 1999)
MCH 280.630, Maternal and Child Health in the Urban Environment, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Co-instructor (1996)
ANTH 606 and 607, Cultural Analysis I and II, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park. Assisted in curriculum development and lectured on neighborhood mapping, community diagnosis, and systematic data collection methods including free-listing, pile-sorting, ratings and rankings, Visiting Instructor (1995-1996)
Assistant Director, Sixth Annual Intensive Short Course “Community Health and Development: Program Plan and Design”, Department of Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986.
Small Group Facilitator, Fifth Annual Intensive Short Course: "Community Health and Development: Program Plan and Design", Department of Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985.
E. Guest Lectures
Spring 2013: The experience of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative. HBEH 710 Community Capacity, Competence, and Power: Community-Based Participatory Research and Photovoice. UNC Faculty: Dr. Eugenia Eng.
Spring 2013: Culture, environment and health in Amazonia. HEA 207 International Health. UNCG Faculty: Dr. Sharon Morrison.
Fall 2010 and 2011: Conducting community assessments in low-wealth communities: a power analysis. HEA 603 Community Health Analysis, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Kay Lovelace.
Fall 2009: Lecture on health disparities (low birth weight and infant mortality in African American communities). HEA 601 Principles of Community Health Education, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Mike Perko.
Spring 2007: Lecture on “Challenges to masculine transformation for urban, low-income African American men.” HEA 662 Gender and Health, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Tracy Nichols.
Spring 2006, Spring 2007: Lecture on Primary Health Care in Ecuador. HEA 207 International Health, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Sharon Morrison.
Spring 2003: Lecture on ethno-science applications in public health with examples from the Baltimore Immunization Study and the Baltimore City Healthy Start community-level evaluation. ATY 571 Ethnographic Methods, Department of Anthropology, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Willie Baber.
Spring 2002: Lecture on health consequences of environmental change in Amazonia. HEA 640 Global Health, Department of Public Health Education, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Sharon Morrison.
Spring 2002: Lecture on qualitative data analysis. HEA 680 Community Health Seminar, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Paige Hall Smith.
Fall 2001: Lecture on “Healthy Cities and Communities.” HEA 466 Community Level Intervention Strategies, UNCG. Faculty: Dr. Kay Lovelace.
PUBLISHED BOOK CHAPTERS
Aronson RE, Lovelace K, Hatch JW, and Whitehead TL. (2012). “Strengthening communities and the roles of individuals in building community life.” In, Social Injustice and Public Health, 2nd Edition, Sidel V, and Levy B, eds. Oxford University Press.
Yonas MA, Aronson RE, Coad N, Eng E, Petteway R, Schaal J, Webb L. (2012). “Infrastructure for Equitable Decision Making in Research. In Israel B, Parker E. eds. Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research for Health. Jossey Bass Publishing.
Rhodes SD, Duck S, Alonzo J, Downs M, Aronson RE. (In Press). The role and utility of community-based participatory research in intervention trials. In Blumenthal D, DiClemente RJ, Braithwaite RL, Smith S. Community-Based Participatory Research: Issues, Methods, and Translation to Practice. New York: New York, Springer Publishing Company.
Aronson RE, Yonas MA, Jones N, Hardy C, White B and Wiley T. (2008).
“Informing and Developing Research in the Context of Community-Based Participatory Research and Undoing Racism.” In: Stanton B, Galbraith J. Kaljee L. eds. The uncharted path from clinic-based to community-based research. Nova Science Publishers.
Aronson RE, Yonas M, Jones N, Coad N, Eng E. (2008). “Undoing Racism Training as a Foundation for Team Building in CBPR.” In, Community-Based Participatory Research for Health (2nd Edition), Minkler M, and Wallerstein N, eds. Jossey Bass Publishers.
Aronson RE, Lovelace K, Hatch JW, and Whitehead TL. (2005). “Strengthening communities and the roles of individuals in community life.” In, Social Injustice and Public Health, Sidel V, and Levy B, eds. Oxford University Press.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND HONORS
Teaching Excellence Award, School of Health and Human Performance, UNCG, May 2005
Delta Omega, Theta Chapter (National Honorary Society for Public Health)
Eta Sigma Gamma (Honorary Society for Health Education)
American Public Health Association
Society for Public Health Education
Society for Applied Anthropology, Fellow
Chair of Search Committee for Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Public Health Education, UNCG (AY 2012-2013)
University Restructuring Committee (AY 2010-2011)
Executive Committee, Faculty Assembly, School of Health and Human Performance. (AY 2007-2008)
Chair of Search Committee for Professor/Dept. Head, Public Health Education (Summer 2007-March 2008)
Program Review Committee, Wellness Center, Student Health Center, UNCG. (AY 2007-2008)
SECC Campaign Coordinator for the Dept. of Public Health Education (Fall 2002-present)
Graduate Program Committee, Dept. of Public Health Education (Fall 2001-2006)
Senior Faculty Search Committee, Dept. of Public Health Education (AY 2004-2005)
Senior Faculty Search Committee, Dept. of Public Health Education (AY 2003-2004)
Admissions Committee, MPH and DrPH Program (Fall 2003-present)
Annual Merit Review Committee, Dept. of Public Health Education (2002-2003)
Coordinating Council, Women’s and Gender Studies Program (Spring 2004-2007)
PEER REVIEW EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES
Reviewer - American Journal of Public Health, 2002-2009, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Reviewer - Journal of Urban Health, 2004.
Reviewer - Family Relations, 2003.
Reviewer - Health Education and Behavior, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012.
Reviewer - Public Health Reports, 2000.
Reviewer - Journal of Rural Health, 2005, 2008, 2011.
Reviewer - Journal of the National Medical Association, 2008 – present.
Reviewer – International Journal of Men’s Health. 2013.
Reviewer - American Journal of Men’s Health, 2008 – present.
Reviewer - Health Promotion Practice, 2010.
Reviewer - Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2012.
Reviewer – Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 2010, 2012.
Reviewer – Sex Education, 2012.
COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Co-Chair, Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative. January 2004 – March 2008, August 2011- August 2012.
Member, Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, January 2004 – present.
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, The Partnership Project. May 2006-August 2012.
Member, Assessment Sub-Committee, Guilford Health Partnership. 2004.
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