Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Baskin is a nationally-renowned health disparities researcher and professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has led an extensive extramurally-funded research program focused on reducing health disparities in the Deep South among residents of both rural and urban communities and populations across the lifespan. Dr. Baskin’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and others.

    Most of her research has focused on community-based participatory methods that link academic partners to community- and faith-based networks to better understand and address individual, family, and environmental factors associated with healthy eating, physical activity, obesity, and cancer prevention and control. Dr. Baskin brings this community mindset to her roles as the inaugural Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

    Dr. Baskin has leveraged her research expertise in health disparities and clinical expertise in psychology and behavioral change in service to the Birmingham community and beyond. She chairs the Jefferson County Collaborative for Health Equity (JC-CHE). Formerly known as Jefferson County Place Matters, JC-CHE is dedicated to empowering leaders and communities to identify and address social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and life opportunities. JC-CHE members represent academic researchers, public health practitioners, grassroots leaders, and members of Birmingham community- and faith-based organizations who seek to improve the conditions in which our neighbors live, work, and play to prevent or reduce the risk of chronic diseases/conditions and their associated costs. At the heart of the team is a commitment to improve social determinants of health by informing and building capacity of community leaders, facilitating community action planning and implementation, and illuminating public policy.

    Under Dr. Baskin’s leadership, the team investigated and released a landmark report on the intersection of race, place and health on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham (September 2013). The report revealed powerful inequities for race and ethnic groups that are linked to geography and socioeconomic status. This research and subsequent communications between the Birmingham City Council and Mayor’s Office of the previous administration, as well as multiple local community groups and organizations contributed to the identification of “health equity” as a leading priority during the county health departments community needs assessment process. This priority area was subsequently adopted by the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership (HAP), a collaboration of over 100 organizations in the metro area that are committed to improving the health of communities in our region.

    Dr. Baskin chaired the Advancing Health Equity priority group for the HAP from 2015-2019 during which time the group developed a set of guiding principles for the application of health equity into clinical care, public health, transportation and safety, and mental health. Dr. Baskin now serves as elected chair of the HAP, which just released an expanded and updated version of the report which informs the efforts of the community partners who actively engaged in reducing and eliminating health disparities.

    Dr. Baskin has also led the development and deployment of two critical community training programs for health equity. Her community health equity orientation has been presented to over 45 organizations and groups across the metro area to make the heart and business case for health equity. She also worked with a national organization (CommonHealth Action) to adapt a two-day training on equity, diversity and inclusion to address local needs; this curriculum is now co-branded with the JC-CHE. Dr. Baskin and members of her team have facilitated the training for over 125 participants in Birmingham, including senior leaders at the Jefferson County Department of Health and the United Way of Central Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Body image and dissatisfaction among rural Deep South African American women in a weight loss intervention 2019
    2019 Reasons for Late-Night Eating and Willingness to Change:A Qualitative Study in Pregnant Black Women 2019
    2019 Promoting Physical Activity Across the Life Span: Progress and Promise 2019
    2018 Determinants of obesity in two urban CommUnities: PerCePtions anD CommUnity-Driven solUtions 2018
    2018 Associations between Race, Perceived Psychological Stress, and the Gut Microbiota in a Sample of Generally Healthy Black and White Women: A Pilot Study on the Role of Race and Perceived Psychological Stress 2018
    2018 Dietary Patterns Among Overweight and Obese African-American Women Living in the Rural South 2018
    2018 WIC Cash Value Voucher Redemption Behavior in Jefferson County, Alabama, and Its Association With Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 2018
    2018 Assessment of the nutrition environment in rural counties in the Deep South 2018
    2017 Longitudinal Analysis of Nut-Inclusive Diets and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women Living in Rural Alabama and Mississippi, 2011-2013 2017
    2017 Weight loss and improved metabolic outcomes amongst rural African American women in the Deep South: six-month outcomes from a community-based randomized trial 2017
    2017 Lower depression scores associated with greater weight loss among rural black women in a behavioral weight loss program 2017
    2017 Perceived Barriers and Facilitators of Farm-to-Consumer Retail Outlet Use Among Participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in Alabama 2017
    2017 Meal Timing and Frequency: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association 2017
    2017 Inferior outcomes for black children with high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the impact of socioeconomic variables 2017
    2017 The 2016 Active Living Research Conference: Equity in active living 2017
    2016 Nut Intake among overweight and obese african-American women in the rural South 2016
    2016 Farm-to-consumer retail outlet use, fruit and vegetable intake, and obesity status among WIC program participants in Alabama 2016
    2016 Rural active living: A call to action 2016
    2016 The Activity Support Scale for Multiple Groups (ACTS-MG): Child-reported Physical Activity Parenting in African American and Non-Hispanic White Families 2016
    2015 Shifting community-based participatory infrastructure from education/outreach to research: Challenges and solutions 2015
    2015 Feasibility, acceptability, and characteristics associated with adherence and completion of a culturally relevant internet-enhanced physical activity pilot intervention for overweight and obese young adult African American women enrolled in college 2015
    2015 Feasibility, acceptability, and characteristics associated with adherence and completion of a culturally relevant internet-enhanced physical activity pilot intervention for overweight and obese young adult African American women enrolled in college 2015
    2015 Social and cultural environment factors influencing physical activity among african-american adolescents 2015
    2015 A study of the relationship between food group recommendations and perceived stress: Findings from black women in the deep south 2015
    2015 Cultural beliefs and physical activity among African-American adolescents 2015
    2015 Does Short Sleep Lead to Obesity Among Children and Adolescents? Current Understanding and Implications 2015
    2014 Assessing environmental support for better health: Active living opportunity audits in rural communities in the southern United States 2014
    2014 Considerations for bio-specimen collection among black women residing in the rural Deep South participating in a cancer prevention study 2014
    2014 Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnic minority adults: A systematic review 2014
    2014 Relationship between social support and body mass index among overweight and obese African American women in the rural Deep South, 2011-2013 2014
    2013 The associations of perceived neighborhood disorder and physical activity with obesity among African American adolescents 2013
    2013 Developing an intervention to address physical activity barriers for African-American women in the deep south (USA) 2013
    2013 What "price" means when buying food: Insights from a multisite qualitative study with Black Americans 2013
    2013 Predictors of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in African American young adolescents 2013
    2013 Caregiver perceptions of the food marketing environment of African-American 3-11-year-olds: A qualitative study 2013
    2013 Component analysis and initial validity of the exercise fear avoidance scale 2013
    2012 Language, duration of United States residency, and leisure time physical activity among women from the third national health and nutrition examination survey (NHANES III) 2012
    2011 Healthy happy kids: Tackling childhood obesity in alabama's largest city, one after-school program at a time 2011
    2011 Fear of physical response to exercise among overweight and obese adults 2011
    2011 Measuring parental support for children's physical activity in white and African American parents: The Activity Support Scale for Multiple Groups (ACTS-MG) 2011
    2011 Predictors of retention of African American women in a walking program 2011
    2010 Use of the Nominal Group Technique (NGT) to understand the perceptions of the healthiness of foods associated with African Americans 2010
    2010 Is dietary fat "fattening"? a comprehensive research synthesis 2010
    2010 Improving access to care for African-American and Latino children and adolescents: Barriers and opportunities 2010
    2010 Fruit and Vegetable Pricing by Demographic Factors in the Birmingham, Alabama, Metropolitan Area, 2004-2005 2010
    2009 Design and implementation of a pilot obesity prevention program in a low-resource school: Lessons learned and research recommendations 2009
    2009 Ten putative contributors to the obesity epidemic 2009
    2008 School-based obesity treatment and prevention programs: All in all, just another brick in the wall? 2008
    2008 Indulgent feeding style and children's weight status in preschool 2008
    2007 Racial influences associated with weight-related beliefs in African American and Caucasian women 2007
    2007 Church-based health promotion interventions: Evidence and lessons learned 2007
    2007 Toward the reduction of population obesity: Macrolevel environmental approaches to the problems of food, eating, and obesity 2007
    2007 The impact of cost on the availability of fruits and vegetables in the homes of schoolchildren in Birmingham, Alabama 2007
    2006 Putative contributors to the secular increase in obesity: Exploring the roads less traveled 2006
    2005 Introduction to the special supplement: Prevention with persons living with HIV 2005
    2005 Introduction to the special supplement: prevention with persons living with HIV. 2005
    2005 National prevalence of obesity: Prevalence of obesity in the United States 2005
    2005 Results of go girls: A weight control program for overweight African-American adolescent females 2005
    2004 Transition to adult care for adolescents with sickle cell disease: Results of a national survey 2004
    2001 Conducting health interventions in Black Churches: A model for building effective partnerships 2001
    2001 Obesity intervention among African-American children and adolescents 2001
    2000 The efficacy of a pilot family psychoeducational intervention for pediatric Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) 2000
    1999 Career development of black males: Case studies 1999
    1998 Positive and negative supervisory experiences reported by counseling trainees. 1998
    1998 Psychosocial Considerations in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD): The Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood 1998

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2015 Understanding and addressing racial/ethnic disparities in obesity.  247-265. 2015
    2008 Motivational Interviewing in Health Promotion and Behavioral Medicine.  457-476. 2008
    2004 Public health: Career opportunities for psychologists in public health.  241-256. 2004

    Principal Investigator On

  • Utilizing the NAATPN Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities  awarded by NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN TOBACCO PREVENTION NETWORK (NAATPN)(THE) 2018 - 2023
  • Alabama Lung Cancer Awareness Screening Education Project (ALCASE)  awarded by LUNG CANCER ALLIANCE 2018 - 2021
  • Culture of Health Leaders Cohort One - Strategic Initiative  awarded by Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Advancing Health Equity in Jefferson County, AL  awarded by Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation 2016 - 2019
  • Advancing Health Equity in Jefferson County II  awarded by UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA, INC. 2017 - 2019
  • Promoting Weight-Loss in African American Cancer Survivors in the Deep South  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2018
  • The Role of Obesity in Maternal and Child Health Disparities in Jefferson County  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2017
  • My Mommy and Me_A Head Start at Reducing Health Disparities  awarded by National Institute of Mental Health/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2017
  • Advancing Health Equity  awarded by UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA, INC. 2016
  • Jefferson County Place Matters  awarded by Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham 2013 - 2014
  • Sociocultural Influences on Dietary Intake Among Black Women in the Deep South  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2009 - 2013
  • African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network  awarded by University of Pennsylvania 2010 - 2012
  • If You Build It, Will They Come? Interactive Effects of Social/Cultural Factors and the Built Environment on Physical Activity Among African-American Youth  awarded by Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation 2009 - 2011
  • Investigator On

  • Testing Scalable, IVR-Supported Cancer Prevention Interventions in the Rural Alabama Black Belt  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2024
  • Southern All of Us Network  awarded by NIH - OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR 2018 - 2023
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2021
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant - Administrative Core  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2021
  • The Interplay of Behavior, Environment, and Microbiota in Colorectal Cancer Risk  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2020
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2019
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant - Adiministrative Core  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2019
  • Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2019
  • The Snack Study  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2018
  • Deep South Network for Cancer Control  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2010 - 2017
  • UAB Obesity Training Program  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2017
  • Prematurity Prevention and Research Related to the Microbiome (PREPARE-M)  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION 2015 - 2016
  • Prematurity Prevention and Research Related to the Microbiome (PREPARE-M)  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HEALTH SERVICES FOUNDATION 2013 - 2015
  • Full Name

  • Monica Baskin