Director: 
Office Phone Number: 
(301) 405-6659
Email: 
cholt14@umd.edu
The aim of this center is to study cancer-related disparities in and around Prince George's County, Maryland. Using a community based participatory research approach, CHAMP works with community partners largely in faith-based communities to increase early detection of breast, prostate, and colorectal screening. CHAMP is supported by agencies such as the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. 
 

 

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The CHAMP team is led by Dr. Cheryl L. Holt, PhD, Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Co-Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research, in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Dr. Holt is a member of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Her research involves community-based health promotion, and looking at the role of religion/spirituality in health outcomes. 

      

 

Our Project Team  

 

Rhonda Boozer-Yeary, MA, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters of Arts Degree in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary.  A former teacher with the public school system, she has served as a curriculum resource for the Maryland State Department of Education and served as the National Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the NAACP.  Most recently, Rhonda was the Community Health Educator for the University of Maryland’s Baltimore City Cancer Program, a breast and cervical cancer education, prevention, and treatment program.  She is the host of the former weekly radio show “And Still I Rise,” which provided information and education on a variety of cancer related issues.  Rhonda is an ordained minister, on staff at Douglas Memorial Community Church.

     
 

Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS) and the Center for Health Disparities Solutions. Her research includes minority and women's health, community-based participatory research, chronic disease control and spirituality. She recently completed a community-based participatory research study on breast health practices with African-American faith-based institutions.

     
  Eddie M. Clark, PhD,  Professor, Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University is a social psychologist and does research on (1) health attitudes and persuasion including the development of culturally appropriate health messages and the underlying mediators/mechanisms of the religiosity-health behaviors relationship, and (2) close relationships especially satisfaction and commitment, infedelity, relationship maintenance, and the relationship between ex-romantic partners.
     
Cheryl Holt  

Cheryl L. Holt, PhD, MA, is Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and Co-Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research, in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Her health disparities research involves community-based health communication studies, and the role of culture in health cognitions and behaviors. Dr. Holt’s research program has generated over $11.5 million in extramural support as Principal Investigator, from sources such as the NIH, CDC, and ACS. The program has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications, most including student co-authors. Specifically, Dr. Holt’s research examines religious involvement and health among African Americans, and using religion/spirituality to frame breast, prostate, and colon cancer early detection messages for this population. More recently her intervention work has added a behavioral translational research focus.

     
 

Laundette Jones, PhD, is an Epidemiology and Public Health Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine whose research interests include Breast Cancer, cancer health disparities, mammary gland carcinogenesis, steroid hormone action, environnmental estrogens, and adipose tissue biology.

 

   
 

Jing Zhang, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She received a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Dr. Zhang conducts research in Bayesian hierarchical methods, missing data analysis, meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, diagnostic tests and clinical trials. Her work has appeared in Clinical Trials, Statistics in Medicine, Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Research Synthesis Methods, and Journal of Staitistical Software. Dr. Zhang serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics. 

     
Daniel   C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. His research and teaching focus on pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and health disparities research. Dr. Mullins has received funding as a Principal Investigator from the NIA, NHLBI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), various pharmaceutical manufacturers, patent advocacy organizations, and the insurance industry. Dr. Mullins also serves as the associate director of the Center on Drugs and Policy at the School of Pharmacy, as well as the co-editor-in-chief for Value in Health.
     
Bettye  

Rev. Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD, is the founder and president of Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute Inc. She has over ten years of experience as Executive Director of non-profit organizations. Bettye has a long history of bringing community leaders, organizations, political representatives and residents together on public health issues and policies.

 

 

 

BJ Robinson-Shaneman, MSN is a strong, positive community nurse advocate with a love for health and the community.  She was the first Native American Indian and Black female student to attend the University of Virginia nursing program. She continued her education in nursing, sociology and psychology at Coppin State University and Catonsville Community College, where served as president of the Black Student Union for two years. She is a co-founder of the Park West Medical Center and the Mind, Heart and Body Program.  She has published medical journal articles on hypertension, vaccines and drug therapy.  BJ has also authored several health education tools on Men’s and Women’s Health for Morgan State University, St. Matthew’s Gospel Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. She has researched health disparities in hypertension and diabetes with Dr. Elijah Sanders, which allows her to continue work within the communities she loves.

Michael  

Dr. Michael Naslund, MD, graduated from Davidson College and received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Naslund has interests in prostate cancer and healthcare finance and management. He is Past-President of the American Association of Clinical Urologists and the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association. 

     
 

Dr. Shana O. Ntiri, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.  Dr. Ntiri has been the medical director for the Baltimore City Cancer Program and the Liaison for clinical research community outreach at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center since 2010. She is a member of the Population Sciences Program within the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center Program in Oncology, which fosters collaboration with investigators throughout the University of Maryland System to improve population-based cancer outcomes.  Dr. Ntiri's research interests include health disparities in cancer prevention, screening and outcomes.  

     
 
 

Elizabeth Rosenberg, MSW, CHES earned a B.S. in Community Health at the University of Maryland College Park where she earned her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. She earned Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Maryland Baltimore, specializing in Social Action and Community Development. She has served the community by working in the fields of hunger, homelessness, lead poisoning, asthma, developmental disabilities, and financial education. Elizabeth is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health where she aims to study weight stigma and body respect for women of color. She looks forward to continuing to serve her community through her work on Project HEAL.

     
David  

David L. Roth, PhD, is the Director of the Center on Aging and Health and a Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Roth has methodological expertise in the application of statistical models for evaluating multivariate causal models, and has substantive interests in family caregiving and the social, interpersonal, and economic impact of chronic health conditions among older adult populations.

     
lou  

Sherie Lou Z. Santos, MPH, is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) who earned her dual MPH at the Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California with concentrations in both Health Education and Maternal and Child Health. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The George Washington University while following a Pre-med path and minoring in both Biology and Sociocultural Anthropology. Outside academia, Ms. Santos has gained extensive experience in program management, event and conference management, leadership development, and logistical support across multiple disciplines. 

     
 

Rev. Alma D. Savoy is Associate Minister and Church Administrator of the Greater Beulah Baptist Church. Former MPACT- CHA and Project HEAL church recruiter. Currently, serving as Community Ministries of PGC, Community Outreach Associate in the capacity of church recruitment and Project HEAL steering committee member.

     
Jimmie  

Colonel Jimmie L. Slade, MA, served his country for decades as a US Army officer and now continues to serve his community as Executive Director, Community Ministry of Prince George's County, a 38 year old Faith-based non-profit organization. He earned a BS degree from NC A&T State University, MA from Boston University, and is a graduate of the US Army War College.

     
  Beverly Rosa Williams, PhD, is a Medical Sociologist and Gerontologist with expertise in qualitative research and life review with underserved populations. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, religiosity/spirituality and palliative care.
     
 

Ralph Williams is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Inc. (Access), where he oversees all financial, business and community development projects. He also manages the organization’s Butt Out (tobacco use alleviation program) and Men’s Health Initiative (a healthy lifestyle program) programs.

     
 

Randi M. Williams, MPH, is a PhD student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health working under Dr. Holt. Broadly, her interests include cancer control and prevention, community-based participatory research and the church health promotion environment. Randi obtained her Master’s of public health from Emory University where she also served as a Graduate Research Assistant at the university’s Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC). While at Emory, she conducted a supplemental study that served as a thesis project and resulted in a publication titled, A Study Of Rural Church Health Promotion Environments: Leaders’ and Members’ Perspectives. Prior to attending Emory, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Syracuse University.​

 

 

Ebony Toussaint, PhD has research interests in the relationship between health policy and social and environmental factors in health. She is particularly interested in faith-based organizations and their provision of health services, and their role in influencing health policy and health outcomes. Her current research focuses on government grant funding's impact on the presence of health services programs in faith-based organizations. Other areas of investigation include faith-based housing policies impact on health outcomes and faith-based prison ministries and the provision of mental health services. She is proud to be a first generation college student and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she earned my BA in Political Science as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. I earned my MPH in Health Policy from the George Washington University. 

 

 

Integration Study

This project, supported by the American Cancer Society, aims to implement evidence-based cancer education interventions in African American churches with an institutionalized approach so as to be sustainable over time. In a climate of scarce resources, identifying sustainable evidence-based interventions to increase cancer early detection is more important than ever. If you are interested in additional information, please contact Sherie Lou Santos, Project HEAL Program Manager, at 301-405-7593 or ssantos1@umd.edu.

Project HEAL: Health through Early Awareness and Learning

This five year project, supported by the National Cancer Institute, aims to identify the best way to implement evidence-based (known effective) strategies to increasing cancer screening behaviors, through African American faith-based settings. We have previously done research studies that show our educational programs to be effective for increasing outcomes related to breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening. This next step is to find out the best way to get these educational programs implemented in more churches, so that they can reach more people. If you are interested in additional information, please contact Sherie Lou Santos, Project HEAL Program Manager, at 301-405-7593 or ssantos1@umd.edu.

RHIAA: Religion and Health in African Americans - A longitudinal study of religion and cancer-related behaviors

The RHIAA study is supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which aims to examine the role of religious involvement in cancer risk, prevention and screening behaviors, among a national sample of African American men and women. The aim of the study is to determine whether a set of factors such as healthy lifestyle and social support, explain why religiously-involved people tend to have good health outcomes. Participants who were involved in our previous NCI-funded study (R01 CA105202) will complete a 4-year and a 6-year follow-up telephone interview. Having three waves of data will enable us to look for changes in these relationships over time. We will use these findings to make recommendations for practice, in hopes of improving effectiveness of health promotion in faith-based settings. For a complete bibliography of RHIAA papers, click the "RHIAA Study" tab. 

Maryland PRC Receives Grant to Study Colorectal Cancer Screening among Asian Americans

The University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center received a Special Interest Projects Competitive Supplement grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a study to understand colorectal cancer screening (CRC) behaviors among Chinese- and Korean- Americans and to develop strategies to increase CRC screening in these populations. Dr. Sunmin Lee, associate professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, is leading the project with Dr. Cheryl L. Holt, associate professor in the department of behavioral and community health, as co-principal investigator, to learn more about the cause.

University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center Receives Grant to Expand Community Health Eductor Program in Cancer Control Education/Outreach

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center received a supplement grant from the National Cancer Institute to expand CHAMP's existing Prince George's County Community Health Educator (CHE) Program in cancer control educatiom/outreach to Baltimore City, MD. We plan to use community-engaged methods to identify priority topics and strategies in cancer education and outreach as well as conduct and evaluate cancer education/outreach activities.

M-PACT: Men’s Prostate Awareness Church Training

This four-year project, supported by the American Cancer Society, aimed to increase awareness of prostate cancer among African American men. The project worked with the faith-based community in and around Prince George’s County, Maryland. We were able to build capacity by training health ministry leaders to educate their peers about informed decision making (IDM) for prostate cancer screening. We were also able to identify local resources for screening and treatment, for those who were insured, underinsured, and uninsured.

Community Engagement and Capacity Building to Enhance Translational Research 

This one-year pilot project, supported by the University of Maryland Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), aimed to encourage community partnership and foster relationships between scientists and community members. The project worked with the African American faith-based community in and around Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, Maryland. We explored the factors that facilitate or impede the adoption of evidence-based health interventions (EBIs) by faith-based organizations (FBOs), and identified opportunities to use technology to support the adoption of EBIs such as Project HEAL. 

Project HEAL Related Videos

Project HEAL's Community Health Advisors (CHAs) share testimonials about their participation in the program.

The SPRINT Team reflect on how to expand Community Health Advisor (CHA) training beyond Maryland. Meet the team and hear their ideas on expanding the project. 

 Project HEAL Community Materials

  1. The Project HEAL Health Ministry Guide can help you get Project HEAL started in your church. It serves as an overview of how Project HEAL works to educate, empower, and connect people with resources they need to get screened and live a healthy life. 
  2. Project HEAL's Cancer Resource Guide lists resources local to Prince George's County for obtaining recommended screening and treatment. Resources include: free or low-cost screening options; general cancer information; general health resources; and cancer support group information. 
  3. Download Project HEAL materials:

    Community Health Advisor Training Modules

    These materials were developed with support from the National Cancer Institute (R01CA147313). 



    red  Session 1- Introduction: 

    red  Session 2- Overview of Cancer: 

    red  Session 3- Breast Cancer: 

    red  Session 4- Prostate Cancer: 

    red  Session 5- Colorectal Cancer:

    red  Session 6- Health Beliefs: 

    red  Session 7- Spirituality: 

    red  Session 8- Adult Education: 

    red  Session 9- Leadership Skills: 

    red  Session 10- Communication Skills: 

    red  Session 11- Conducting your Workshop: 

    red  Session 12- Documentation: 

    red  Session 13- Ethical Issues: 

The Religion and Health in African Americans (RHIAA) study is a project, supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which aims to examine the role of religious involvement in cancer risk, prevention and screening behaviors, among a national sample of African American men and women. The aim of the study is to determine whether a set of factors such as healthy lifestyle and social support, explain why religiously-involved people tend to have good health outcomes. Below is a complete bibliography of RHIAA papers.

 

red RHIAA Study Publications:

Clark, E. M., Huang, J., Roth, D.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B.R., & Holt, C.L. (in press). The relationship between religious beliefs and behaviors and changes in spiritual health locus of control over time in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion and Culture. doi:10.1080/13674676.2017.1356274

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M. (in press). Role of religious social support in longitudinal relationships between religiosity and health-related outcomes in African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1007/s10865-017-9877-4; in process/NIHMS895368

Park, C.L., Holt, C.L., Le, D., Christie, J., & Williams, B. (in press). Positive and negative religious coping styles as prospective predictors of well-being in African Americans. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality,. doi:10.1037/rel0000124; in process/NIHMS893044

Schulz, E., Bay, R.C.., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., Huang, J., & Holt, C.L. (2017). Fruit and vegetable consumption with partner and parental status in African American adults. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, 4(4), 1115. in process/NIHMS89360

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Huang, J., Park, C., & Clark, E.M. (2017). Longitudinal Effects of Religious Involvement on Religious Coping and Health Behaviors in a National Sample of African Americans. Social Science and Medicine, 187, 11-19. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.014; PMC5556375

Clark, E.M., Holt, C.L., Wang, M.W., & Williams, B.R. (2017). Which personality traits moderate the relationship between religious capital and depressive symptomology in a national sample of African Americans? Journal of Black Psychology, 43, 517-537. doi:10.1177/0095798416654835

Roth, D.L., Usher, T., Clark, E.M., & Holt, C.L. (2016). Religious involvement and health over time: Predictive effects in a national sample of African Americans. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 55(2), 417-424. doi:10.1111/jssr.12269; PMC5423663

Le, D., Holt, C.L., Hosack, D.P., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M. (2016). Religious participation is associated with increases in religious social support in a national longitudinal study of African Americans. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(4), 1449-1460. doi:10.1007/s10943-015-0143-1; PMC4841759

Williams, B.R., Holt, C.L., Le, D., & Schulz, E. (2015). Characterizing Change in Religious and spiritual identity among a national sample of African American adults. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 27(4), 343-357. doi:10.1080/15528030.2015.1073208; PMC4834978

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M. (2015). Gender differences in the roles of religion and locus of control on alcohol use and smoking among African Americans. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(3), 482-492. doi:10.15288/jsad.2015.76.482; PMC4440306

Holt, C.L., Le, D., Calvinelli, J., Huang, J., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., Williams, B., & Schulz, E. (2015). Participant retention in a longitudinal national telephone survey of African American men and women. Ethnicity and Disease, 25(2), 187-192. PMC4593062

Williams, B.R., Wang, M.Q., Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., & Clark, E.M. (2015). Social integration and health insurance status among African American men and women. Journal of Women and Aging, 27(3), 195-215. doi:10.1080/08952841.2014.933635

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Wang, M.Q., Williams, B.R., & Schulz, E. (2015). The religion-health connection among African Americans: What is the role of social capital? Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 25(1), 1-18. doi:10.1002/casp.2191

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., & Roth, D.L. (2014). Positive and negative religious beliefs explaining the religion-health connection among African Americans. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24, 311-331. doi:10.1080/10508619.2013.828993; PMC5441393

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Debnam K.J., & Roth, D.L. (2014). Religion and Health in African Americans: The role of religious coping. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(2), 190-199. doi:10.5993/AJHB.38.2.4; PMC4096932

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Clark, E.M., & Debnam K. (2014). Positive self-perceptions as a mediator of religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1), 102-112. doi:10.1007/s10865-012-9472-7; PMC3587037

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., & Wang, M.Q. (2014). Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 17(4), 421-435. doi:0.1080/13674676.2013.824953

Clark, E.M., Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Williams, B.R., Schulz, E., Southward, P.L. (2013). The relationship between spiritual health locus of control and social and religious capital . Counseling and Spirituality, 32(2), 105-121. doi:10.2143/CS.32.2.3017319

Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Clark, E.M., Williams, B., & Schulz, E. (2013). Religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning among African Americans: The mediating role of religious support. Psychology and Health 28(3), 267-283. doi:10.1080/08870446.2012.717624

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., Wang, M.Q., & Southward, P.L. (2012). Assessment of religious and spiritual capital in African American communities. Journal of Religion and Health 51(4), 1061-1074. doi:10.1007/s10943-012-9635-4

Debnam, K., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., Foushee, H.R., Crowther, M., Fouad, M., & Southward, P. (2012). Spiritual health locus of control and health behaviors in African Americans. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(3), 360-372. doi:10.5993/AJHB.36.3.7; PMC3582362

Roth, D.L., Mwase, I., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Lukwago, S., & Kreuter, M.W. (2012). Religious involvement measurement model in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Religion and Health, 51(2), 567-578. doi:10.1007/s10943-011-9475-7; PMC3646409

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., & Wang, M.Q. (2012). Social, religious, and spiritual capital and physical/emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 22(4), 346-362. doi:10.1002/casp.1116

Debnam, K., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., & Southward, P. (2012). Relationship between religious social support and general social support with health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35(2), 179-189. doi:10.1007/s10865-011-9338-4; PMC3336193

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D., Crowther, M., Kohler, C., Fouad, M., Foushee, R., Lee, P.A., & Southward, P.L. (2010). Development and validation of an instrument to assess perceived social influence on health behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(8), 1225-1235. doi:10.1177/1359105310365178; PMC3345372

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., Crowther, M., Kohler, C., Fouad, M., Foushee, R., Lee, P.A., & Southward, P.L. (2009). Development and validation of instruments to assess potential religion-health mechanisms in an African American population. Journal of Black Psychology, 35(2), 271-288. doi:10.1177/0095798409333593; PMC2747791

red Community-based health promotion:

Scheirer, M.A., Santos, S.L.Z., Tagai, E.K., Bowie, J., Slade, J., Carter, R., & Holt, C.L. (2017). Dimensions of sustainability for a health communication intervention in African American churches: A multi-methods study. Implementation Science. 12(43). doi:10.1186/s13012-017-0576-x; PMC5371253

Santos, S.L.Z., Tagai, E.K., Scheirer, M.A., Bowie, J., Haider, M., Slade, J., Wang, M.Q., & Holt, C.L. (2017). Adoption, reach, and implementation of a cancer education intervention in African American churches. Implementation Science. 12(36). doi:10.1186/s13012-017-0566-z; PMC5351199

Nan, X., Madden, K., Richards, A., Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., & Tracy, K. (2016). Message framing, perceived susceptibility, and intentions to vaccinate children against HPV among African American parents. Health Communication, 31(7), 798-805. doi:10.1080/10410236.2015.1005280

Le, D., Holt, C.L., Saunders, D.R., Wang, M.Q., Coriolan, A., Savoy, A.D., Slade, J.L., Muwwakkil, B., & Atkinson, N.L. (2015). Feasibility and acceptability of SMS text messaging in a prostate cancer educational intervention for African men. Health Informatics Journal, 22(4), 932-947. doi:10.1177/1460458215598636

Saunders, D.R., Holt, C.L., Le, D., Slade, J.L., Muwwakkil, B., Savoy, A., Williams, R., Whitehead, T.L., Wang, M.Q., & Naslund, M.J. (2015). Recruitment and participation of African American men in church-based health promotion workshops. Journal of Community Health, 40(6), 1300-1310. doi:10.1007/s10900-015-0054-9

Yan, A.F., Stevens, P., Wang, Y., Weinhardt, L., Holt, C.L., O’Connor, C., Feller, T., Xie, H., & Luelloff, S. (2015). mHealth text messaging for physical activity promotion in college students: A formative participatory approach. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(3), 395-408. doi:10.5993/AJHB.39.3.12

Holt, C.L., Le, D., Saunders, D.R., Wang, M.Q., Slade, J.L., Muwwakkil, B., Williams, R., Atkinson, N.L., Whitehead, T.L., & Naslund, M. (2015). Informed decision-making and satisfaction with a church-based men’s health workshop series for African American men: Men-only vs. mixed-gender format. Journal of Cancer Education, 30(3), 530-534. doi:10.1007/s13187-014-0731-x

Santos, S.L.Z., Tagai, E.K., Wang, M.Q., Scheirer, M.A., Slade, J.L., & Holt, C.L. (2014). Feasibility of a web-based training system for peer community health advisors in cancer early detection among African Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 104(12), 2282-2289. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302237; PMC4232123

Holt, C.L., Tagai, E., Scheirer, M.A., Santos, S.L.Z., Bowie, J., Haider, M., Slade, J.L., Wang, M.Q., & Whitehead, T. (2014).Translating evidence-based interventions for implementation: Experiences from Project HEAL in African American churches. Implementation Science, 9, 66. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-9-66; PMC4057552

Saunders, D.L., Holt, C.L., Whitehead, T.L., Atkinson, N.L., Le, D., Wang, M.Q., Slade, J.L., Muwwakkil, B., Williams, R., Schulz, E., & Naslund, M. (2013). Development of The Men's Prostate Awareness Church Training (M-PACT): Church-based Workshops for African American Men. Family and Community Health, 36(3), 224-235. doi:10.1097/FCH.0b013e318292eb40

Holt, C.L., Litaker, M.S., Scarinci, I.C., Debnam, K., McDavid, C., McNeal, S., Eloubeidi, M.A., Crowther, M., Bolland, J., & Martin, M.Y. (2013). Spiritually-based intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening among African Americans: Screening and theory-based outcomes from a randomized trial. Health Education and Behavior, 40(4), 458-468. doi:10.1177/1090198112459651

Holt, C.L., Scarinci, I.C., Debnam, K., McDavid, C., Litaker, M., McNeal, S.F., Southward, V., Lee, C., Eloubeidi, M., Crowther, M., Bolland, J., & Martin, M.Y. (2012). Spiritually-based cancer communication among African Americans: Intermediate outcomes from a randomized trial. Journal of Health Communication, 17(9), 1028-1049. doi:10.1080/10810730.2012.665418

red Religion/spirituality and health:

Williams, R.M., Tagai, E.K., Santos, S.L.Z., Slade, J.L., Carter, R.L., & Holt, C.L. (2017). The role of leadership support in a church-based cancer education implementation study. Journal of Religion and Health. doi:10.1007/s10943-017-0427-8

Roth, D.L., Usher, T., Clark, E.M., & Holt, C.L. (2016). Religious involvement and health over time: Predictive effects in a national sample of African Americans. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 55(2), 417-424. doi:10.1111/jssr.12269

Clark, E.M., Holt, C.L., Wang, M.W., & Williams, B.R. (2016). Which personality traits moderate the relationship between religious capital and depressive symptomology in a national sample of African Americans? Journal of Black Psychology, 43(5), 517-537. doi:10.1177/0095798416654835

Williams, B.R., Holt, C.L., Le, D., & Schulz, E. (2015). Characterizing Change in Religious and spiritual identity among a national sample of African American adults. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 27(4), 343-357. doi:10.1080/15528030.2015.1073208; PMC4834978

Le, D., Holt, C.L., Hosack, D.P., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M. (2016). Religious participation is associated with increases in religious social support in a national longitudinal study of African Americans. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(4), 1449-1460. doi:10.1007/s10943-015-0143-1; PMC4841759

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Huang, J., & Clark, E.M. (2015). Gender differences in the roles of religion and locus of control on alcohol use and smoking among African Americans. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(3), 482-492. doi:10.15288/jsad.2015.76.482; PMC4440306

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., & Roth, D.L. (2014). Positive and negative religious beliefs that explain the religion-health connection among African Americans. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24(4), 311-331. doi:10.1080/10508619.2013.828993; PMC5441393

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Debnam K.J., & Roth, D.L. (2014). Religion and health in African Americans: The role of religious coping. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(2), 190-199. doi:10.5993/AJHB.38.2.4; PMC4096932

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Clark, E.M., & Debnam K. (2014). Positive self-perceptions as a mediator of religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1), 102-112. doi:10.1007/s10865-012-9472-7; PMC3587037

Clark, E.M., Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Williams, B.R., Schulz, E., & Southward, P.L. (2013). The relationship between spiritual health locus of control and social and religious capital. Counseling and Spirituality, 32(2), 105-121. doi:10.2143/CS.32.2.3017319

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., & Wang, M.Q. (2014). Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 17(4), 421-435. doi:10.1080/13674676.2013.824953

Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Clark, E.M., Williams, B., & Schulz, E. (2012). Religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning among African Americans: The mediating role of religious support. Psychology and Health, 28(3), 267-283. doi:10.1080/08870446.2012.717624

Debnam, K., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., Foushee, H.R., Crowther, M., Fouad, M., & Southward, P. (2012). Spiritual health locus of control and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(3), 360-372. doi:10.5993/AJHB.36.3.7; PMC3582362

red Measurement/instrument development:

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., & Roth, D.L. (2014). Positive and negative religious beliefs that explain the religion-health connection among African Americans. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 24(4), 311-331. doi:10.1080/10508619.2013.828993; PMC5441393

Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Debnam K.J., & Roth, D.L. (2014). Religion and Health in African Americans: The role of religious coping. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(2), 190-199. doi:10.5993/AJHB.38.2.4; PMC4096932

Holt, C.L., Roth, D.L., Clark, E.M., & Debnam K. (2014). Positive self-perceptions as a mediator of religious involvement and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1), 102-112. doi:10.1007/s10865-012-9472-7; PMC3587037

Clark, E.M., Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Williams, B.R., Schulz, E., & Southward, P.L. (2013). The relationship between spiritual health locus of control and social and religious capital. Counseling and Spirituality, 32(2), 105-121. doi:10.2143/CS.32.2.3017319

Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., Williams, B., Clark, E.M., & Wang, M.Q. (2014). Social support as a mediator of religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning in a national sample of African Americans. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 17(4), 421-435. doi:10.1080/13674676.2013.824953

Holt, C.L., Wang, M.Q., Clark, E.M., Williams, B., & Schulz, E. (2012). Religious involvement and physical and emotional functioning among African Americans: The mediating role of religious support. Psychology and Health, 28(3), 267-283. doi:10.1080/08870446.2012.717624

Debnam, K., Holt, C.L., Clark, E.M., Roth, D.L., Foushee, H.R., Crowther, M., Fouad, M., & Southward, P. (2012). Spiritual health locus of control and health behaviors in a national sample of African Americans. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(3), 360-372. doi:10.5993/AJHB.36.3.7; PMC3582362

red Other/collaborative works:

Steward, J., Holt, C.L., Pollio, D.E., Austin, E.L., Johnson, N., Gordon, A.J., & Kertesz, S.G. (2016). Priorities in the primary care of persons experiencing homelessness: Convergence and divergence in the views of patients and provider/experts. Preference and Adherence, 10, 153-158. doi:10.2147/PPA.S75477; PMC4760209

Tajeu, G.S., Cherrington, A.L., Andreae, L., Prince, C., Holt, C.L., & Halanych, J.H. (2015). "We'll get to you when we get to you": Exploring potential contributions of healthcare staff behaviors to patient perceptions of discrimination and satisfaction. American Journal of Public Health, 105(10), 2076-2082. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302721; PMC4566534

Chrystal, J.G., Glover, D.L., Young, A.S., Whelan, F., Austin, E.L., Johnson, N.K., Pollio, D.E., Holt, C.L., Stringfellow, E., Gordon, A.J., Kim, T.A., Daigle, S.G., Steward, J.L., & Kertesz, S.G. (2015). Experience of primary care among homeless individuals with mental health conditions. PLOS ONE, 10(2), e0117395. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117395.  PMC4319724

Williams, B.R., Wang, M.Q., Holt, C.L., Schulz, E., & Clark, E.M. (2015).Social integration and continuous health insurance among African American adults. Journal of Women and Aging, 27(3), 195-215. doi:10.1080/08952841.2014.933635

Pisu, M., Holt, C.L., Brown-Galvan, A., Fairley, T., Smith, J., White, A., Hall, I., Oster, R., & Martin, M. (2014). Surveillance instructions and knowledge among African American colorectal cancer survivors. Journal of Oncology Practice/American Society of Clinical Oncology, 10(2), 45-50. doi:10.1200/JOP.2013.001203; PMC3948710

 

red Graduate Research Assistants

 

Elizabeth Rosenberg, MSW, CHES earned a B.S. in Community Health at the University of Maryland College Park where she earned her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. She earned Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Maryland Baltimore, specializing in Social Action and Community Development. She has served the community by working in the fields of hunger, homelessness, lead poisoning, asthma, developmental disabilities, and financial education. Elizabeth is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health where she aims to study weight stigma and body respect for women of color. She looks forward to continuing to serve her community through her work on Project HEAL.

red Want to Get Involved?

For information about current bios, student opportunities, or how to get involved as a volunteer on CHAMP projects, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Rosenberg, at (301) 405-7545 or at roseberg@terpmail.umd.edu

If you are interested in volunteering, please review our Volunteer Application.

red Health education and information:

In this section, you will find some health education materials and information that has been created by the CHAMP team projects. We hope that you find them helpful. Please feel free to contact us (link) for more information.

  •   Dr. Holt's research has been featured in TERP, Fall 2011 Connecting the University of Maryland Community (see details
  •   Listen to Dr. Holt's interview on WYPR that highlights our church based research projects, click here
  •   Health and Wellness in the African American Community projects - Final Report for Project Participants - NCI Study. See full text
  •   Health and Wellness in the African American Community projects - Final Report for Project Participants - Duke Study. See full text
  •   A Brother-to-Brother Guide about Prostate Cancer & Screening. See full text
  •   Take Charge of Your Health: A Spiritual Guide to Colorectal Cancer & Screening Part I. See full text
  •   Take Charge of Your Health: A Spiritual Guide to Colorectal Cancer & Screening Part II. See full text

red M-PACT through the Eyes of a Community Partner by Annie R. Coriolan

Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD is the executive director of Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute, Inc., a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization located in Seabrook, Maryland in Prince George's County -dedicated to promoting sustainable health by addressing public health and education needs. The organization also focuses on improving access to human and social services. Dr. Muwwakkil shares her experience working with Prince George's County men to increase their awareness of prostate cancer. Read the full article.

red Links/Resources:

In this section, you will find links to our funding agencies, community partners, and local resources that may be helpful to you for accessing health services.

red Brother To Brother : Prostate Cancer in Black Men

 

The video was produced by Tony Miller of WINNING IMAGES for the Lane Tabernacle Comprehensive Cancer Coalition, one of only 11 officially recognied by the state, and the only coalition that is faith based

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, would like to discuss any of the CHAMP projects, or would like to explore a collaboration.

-Cheryl L. Holt, Ph.D.: 301-405-6659 cholt14@umd.edu

-Sherie Lou Z. Santos, MPH, MCHES: 301-405-7593 ssantos1@umd.edu

-Elizabeth Rosenberg, MSW, CHES : 301-405-7545 roseberg@terpmail.umd.edu