Scholarly Activities & PS/QI Activities

 The program provides opportunities for residents to develop research skills that improve their knowledge and application of patient/population care. All residents in the PH/PM Residency Program are required to engage in scholarly activities in several ways:

  • Submit at least one (1) abstract to a state, regional, or national specialty conference in the 2nd year of training.
  • Present (oral or poster presentation) at the MSM Resident Research Day during each year of the program.
  • Present (oral or poster presentation) at the Annual Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal Public Health Summit during each year of the program.
  • Present in Journal Club as scheduled.
  • Complete the Master of Public Health Thesis

Residents are also encouraged to seek other opportunities for scholarly activities as approved by the program.

Recent Scholarly Activities


Okpala V, Hutchins SS, Mubasher M. Assessing Heart Disease Mortality Among Adults 19-64 Years of Age in Medicaid Expansion States Compared with Non-Expansion States. In: Abstracts and Poster Presentations of the Preventive Medicine 2022 Annual Conference at

Saraiya P, Hutchins SS, Crump S, Morgan J, Wilkinson T, Durham Walker C, Taylor B.
Availability of Naloxone in 2 Underserved Urban Communities in Georgia. J Public Health Manag Pract 2021;27:S179-S185.

Miller L and the HRSA-Funded Preventive Medicine Residency Program Directors Workgroup. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: real-time training and service for preventive medicine residents. J Public Health Manag Pract 2021;27: S123-S128.

 Jeremy Aguinaldo MD MPH CPH, Beth Crocker CPMA, Olugbenga Obasanjo MD PhD MPH MBA.  Trends in revenue in local health departments utilizing a centralized billing system in Georgia, 1999-2019.  Georgia Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  March 2020 (accepted).

 Jeremy Aguinaldo MD MPH CPH. “A Community Assessment Summary of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the West End Community”. Sept. 2019.

 Tramaine Wilkinson, Journal Club Presentation: “A Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of a Web-Based HIV Behavioral Intervention for High-Risk African American Women”.  Sept. 2020.

 Jay Morgan, MD, Journal Club Presentation: “The Impact of health insurance on cancer care in disadvantaged communities”.  Feb. 2020.

Aguinaldo J, Hutchins S, Caplan, LS. “Cancer Mortality in States with Medicaid Expansion Relative to Non-Expansion States, 1999-2017”. In: Prevention 2019 Program, Poster, 2019. 

Chandrasekaran N, Hutchins SS, Alema-Mensah E. “Premature Mortality from Influenza and Pneumonia, 2015-2017”.  In: Prevention 2019 Program, Poster, 2019.


Hutchins S. “Opportunities for HPV Vaccination among US Young Adults who Missed Routinely Recommended Vaccination”.  The 117th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association, Pediatrics Section Program Book, August 2019

Hutchins S. Theme-Related Session—"Health Equity: What Works Based on Science, Policy and Health”: In: APHA 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo Abstracts, November 2019[Abstract 4340.0].
2019 [Abstract 4340.0].

 Carter, L., BA; Murphy, J., PhD; Taylor, BD, MD. “Assessing Health Literacy Levels in Patients at the CAPN Clinic”. Presented as the culminating experience for the Summer Science in the Community program at Morehouse School of Medicine. July 27, 2020. Ms. Leslie Carter is a second-year medical student. CAPN is a nurse practitioner-run clinic for homeless populations in Atlanta, GA.

 Jasmine Gibson; LaKesha Tables, MD, MPH; Mohamed Mubasher,PhD; and Beverly Taylor1, MD (2020)  Social Characteristics that Influence Survival Outcomes Among Children with Solid Tumor Malignancies in Georgia”.  Presented as part of the Summer Research Program, sponsored by the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University and Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Research Program, July 2020.

 Tables, L. MD, MPH; Lee Caplan, MD, PhD; Mohamed Mubasher, PhD; Gemechu Gerbi, PhD; Ann Mertens, PhD; Beverly Taylor, MD; Brian Rivers, PhD.  Social Characteristics Associated with Stage at Diagnosis and Survival Outcomes in Children with Solid Tumors in the United States”.  Presented as part of the Summer Research Program, sponsored by the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University and Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Research Program, July 2020.

 Thomas, R., Rivers, D., Durham Walker, C., Taylor, B., (2019).  Student-led community engagement and service-learning projects in underserved communities”.  (Suppl 2 ed., vol.13). Washington, DC: BMC Proceedings 2019.

 Rivers, D. (Author & Presenter), Durham Walker, C. (Author), Hernandez, N. (Author), Crump, S. (Author), Levine, D. A. (Author), McCray, G. (Author), Taylor, B. (Author), 2019 Learn Serve Lead,  The Morehouse School of Medicine 'Learn, Serve, Lead' Model for Developing Community-Oriented Physicians”.  Association of American Medical Colleges, Phoenix, AZ. (November 2019).

 Tables, L., Mitchell, V., Taylor, B.D.  The impact of race and ethnicity on stage of disease at presentation in children with solid tumor malignancies”.  International Cancer Education conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2019.


Musonge-Effoe JE, Alema-Mensah E, Effoe VS, Akinnawo F, Caplan L.  The association between health care coverage and prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes over a 10-year period”.  Prev Med. 2020 Mar;132:105983. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.105983. Epub 2020 Jan 16.

Coughlin SS, Caplan L, Stone R, Stewart J.  A review of home-based physical activity interventions for breast cancer survivors”. Curr Cancer Rep. 2019;1(1):6-12. doi: 10.25082/CCR.2019.01.002. Epub 2019 Jul 30.

Coughlin SS, Caplan LS, Stone R.  Use of consumer wearable devices to promote physical activity among breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors: a review of health intervention studies”.  J Cancer Surviv. 2020 Jun;14(3):386-392. doi: 10.1007/s11764-020-00855-1. Epub 2020 Jan 13.

McKinney LP, Gerbi GB, Caplan LS, Claridy MD, Rivers BM. “Predictors of genetic beliefs toward cancer risk perceptions among adults in the United States: Implications for prevention or early detection”.  J Genet Couns. 2020 Aug;29(4):494-504. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1228. Epub 2020 Feb 27.

 Murphy, F.G., Taylor,B.D. (accepted for publication June 2020) “Community health and urban revitalization in the 21st century”. American Journal of Health Studies.

 Jing Wang , Steven A Sumner, Thomas R Simon, Alex E Crosby, Francis B Annor, Elizabeth Gaylor, Likang Xu, Kristin M Holland. “Trends in the Incidence and Lethality of Suicidal Acts in the United States, 2006 to 2015”. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020 Jul 1;77(7):684-693.  doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0596.

 Marissa L Zwald, Kristin M Holland, Francis B Annor, Aaron Kite-Powell, Steven A Sumner, Daniel A Bowen, Alana M Vivolo-Kantor, Deborah M Stone, Alex E Crosby.  Syndromic Surveillance of Suicidal Ideation and Self-Directed Violence - United States, January 2017-December 2018”.  PMID: 31999688  PMCID: PMC7004405  DOI: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6904a3.

 Wang J, Sumner SA, Holland KM, Halpin J, Ivey-Stephenson A, Crosby AE.  National Trends in hospitalizations for self-directed violence related to opioids and/or depression - United States, 2000-2015”.  Prev Med. 2020 May;134:106051. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106051. Epub 2020 Mar 7.


Quality Improvement (QI) Requirements

Residents develop proficiency in QI knowledge and skills through participation in didactic sessions focused on the fundamentals of patient safety and quality improvement, through the development and implementation of a quality improvement project at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Healthcare Center and through attendance at MSM patient safety and quality improvement lectures.