• Dr. Foti is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds an MPH in chronic disease epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health and a PhD in cardiovascular disease epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship. Her research focuses on monitoring and improving the prevention and control of hypertension and elimination of disparities domestically and globally. Dr. Foti also previously worked for 8 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 5 years as a Special Assistant to the CDC Director, where she helped launch the Million Hearts initiative.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Equity in Hypertension Care and Outcomes: Closing the Black-White Gap in Blood Pressure ControlAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  35:500-502. 2022
    2022 Age-Specific Prevalence and Factors Associated With Normal Blood Pressure Among US AdultsAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  35:319-327. 2022
    2022 BMI and blood pressure control among United States adults with hypertensionJournal of Hypertension.  40:741-748. 2022
    2022 American Heart Association EPIJournal of the American Heart Association.  11. 2022
    2022 Hypertension Call to Action: Will We Respond to the Call With Action?American Journal of Hypertension.  35:214-216. 2022
    2021 Racial and Ethnic Differences in Blood Pressure Among US Adults, 1999-2018Hypertension.  78:1730-1741. 2021
    2021 Primary care physicians’ preparedness to treat opioid use disorder in the United States: A cross-sectional surveyDrug and Alcohol Dependence.  225. 2021
    2021 Associations between Social Determinants and Hypertension, Stage 2 Hypertension, and Controlled Blood Pressure among Men and Women in the United StatesAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  34:707-717. 2021
    2021 Changes in Hypertension Control in a Community-Based Population of Older Adults, 2011-2013 to 2016-2017American Journal of Hypertension.  34:591-599. 2021
    2021 Digit Preference in Office Blood Pressure Measurements, United States 2015–2019American Journal of Hypertension.  34:521-530. 2021
    2021 National Initiatives to Prevent Myocardial Infarction and StrokeJournal of the American Medical Association.  325:1391-1392. 2021
    2021 Potential implications of the 2021 KDIGO blood pressure guideline for adults with chronic kidney disease in the United StatesKidney International.  99:686-695. 2021
    2021 Extreme Variability in Urinary Sodium Excretion: Time to Stop Use of Spot Urines to Predict Clinical OutcomesHypertension.  1637-1639. 2021
    2021 Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in the illicit stimulant supply: Results from U.S. drug seizure data, 2011–2016Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  218. 2021
    2021 Reasons for Uncontrolled Blood Pressure among US Adults: Data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination SurveyHypertension.  1567-1576. 2021
    2020 CKD Management in Primary Care: Supporting Systems ChangeAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases.  76:613-615. 2020
    2020 Evidence-Based Policy Making for Public Health Interventions in Cardiovascular Diseases: Formally Assessing the Feasibility of Clinical TrialsCirculation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.  13:E006378. 2020
    2020 Identification of Measurement Needs to Prevent Childhood Obesity in High-Risk Populations and EnvironmentsAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  59:746-754. 2020
    2020 Recommendations to the Society for Epidemiologic Research for Further Promoting Diversity and Inclusion at the Annual Meeting and beyondAmerican Journal of Epidemiology.  189:1037-1041. 2020
    2020 Factors associated with physician recommendation of home blood pressure monitoring and blood pressure in the US populationAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  33:852-859. 2020
    2020 Trends in Self-reported Prediabetes and Metformin Use in the USA: NHANES 2005–2014Journal of General Internal Medicine.  35:95-101. 2020
    2019 Hypertension awareness, treatment, and control in US Adults: Trends in the hypertension control cascade by population subgroup (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2016)American Journal of Epidemiology.  188:2165-2174. 2019
    2019 Number and Characteristics of US Adults Meeting Prediabetes Criteria for Diabetes Prevention Programs: NHANES 2007–2016Journal of General Internal Medicine.  34:1400-1402. 2019
    2019 Highlights From the American Heart Association's EPIJournal of the American Heart Association.  8. 2019
    2018 Improving Hypertension Control Population-wide in MinnesotaJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  24:432-439. 2018
    2018 Progress on Major Public Health Challenges: The Importance of EquityPublic Health Reports.  133:15S-19S. 2018
    2017 Sources of dietary sodiumCirculation.  135:1784-1787. 2017
    2015 Applying public health principles to the HIV epidemic-how are we doing?New England Journal of Medicine.  373:2281-2287. 2015
    2013 Problem behavior, victimization, and soda intake in high school studentsAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  37:414-421. 2013
    2012 Association of sleep duration with obesity among US high school studentsJournal of Obesity.  2012. 2012
    2012 Self-reported academic grades and other correlates of sugar-sweetened soda intake among US adolescentsJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  112:125-131. 2012
    2011 Sufficient sleep, physical activity, and sedentary behaviorsAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  41:596-602. 2011
    2011 Uses of youth risk behavior survey and school health profiles data: Applications for improving adolescent and school healthJournal of School Health.  81:345-354. 2011
    2011 Associations between risk behaviors and suicidal ideation and suicide attempts: Do racial/ethnic variations in associations account for increased risk of suicidal behaviors among Hispanic/Latina 9th- to 12th-grade female students?Archives of Suicide Research.  15:113-126. 2011
    2010 Trends in perceived overweight status among overweight and nonoverweight adolescentsJAMA Pediatrics.  164:636-642. 2010
    2010 Associations of selected health risk behaviors with self-rated health status among U.S. high school studentsPublic Health Reports.  125:771-781. 2010
    2007 Clustering in the incidence of myelodysplastic syndromesLeukemia Research.  31:1683-1686. 2007

    Research Overview

  • hypertension, blood pressure, health equity
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University 2020
  • Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, Yale University 2008
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Chemistry, Auburn University 2006
  • Full Name

  • Kathryn Foti