Positions

Overview

  • Matthew Fifolt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Fifolt is Principal Investigator for the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program; Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Program; Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA); and the Alabama Center for Improving Health of People with Disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serves as Co-investigator and Lead Evaluator for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV); Lead Evaluator for the Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program; and Evaluator for the Southeast AIDS Education & Training (AETC) Practice Transformation

    As a quality improvement advisor, Dr. Fifolt has successfully led improvement initiatives for First Teacher, Alabama’s MIECHV home visiting program. He has played an active role in assessing quality initiatives by ACHIA and introduced quality improvement concepts into his work with Project COMPLETe, a multi-stage research project which seeks to build an exercise toolkit for health care providers (HCPs) and people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Fifolt received training from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and currently serves as the quality assurance representative for the UAB Survey Research Unit (SRU).

    In addition to his responsibilities in the School of Public Health, Dr. Fifolt holds a secondary appointment in the UAB School of Education and serves as the technical editor of the school’s peer-reviewed journal, the MidSouth Literacy Journal. Dr. Fifolt holds a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama (2006); a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina (1995); and bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University (1993).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Using Continuous Quality Improvement Tools to Promote Tobacco Cessation Among Primary Caregivers in a Home Visiting Program in AlabamaJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  25:543-546. 2019
    2019 Life after Trauma: A Survey of Level 1 Trauma Centers Regarding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress DisorderSTN's journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses.  26:223-233. 2019
    2019 Engaging K-8 Students through Inquiry-based Learning and School FarmsJournal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.  24:92-108. 2019
    2019 Advancing Public Health Education through Place-based Learning: ‘On the Road in the Deep South’Pedagogy in Health Promotion2019
    2019 Connecting Public Health Students to Rural and Underserved Areas: Promoting Health Equity Through Field Placement ExperiencesHealth Promotion Practice2019
    2018 Exploring Student Experiences With the Cohort Model in an Executive EdD Program in the Southeastern United StatesJournal of Continuing Higher Education.  66:158-169. 2018
    2018 Promotion of Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis Through Health Care ProvidersExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.  46:105-111. 2018
    2018 Exploring employee perceptions of Six Sigma as a change management program in higher educationJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management.  40:81-93. 2018
    2018 Evaluation of a Conceptual Model Regarding Exercise Promotion Through the Patient–Provider Interaction in Multiple Sclerosis: Health Care Provider PerspectivesQualitative Health Research2018
    2018 Exercise behaviors of persons with multiple sclerosis through the stepwise implementation lens of social cognitive theoryDisability and Rehabilitation2018
    2018 Promoting school connectedness among minority youth through experience-based urban farmingJournal of Experiential Education.  41:187-203. 2018
    2017 Retention and attrition in a home visiting programme: looking back and moving forwardEarly Child Development and Care.  187:1782-1794. 2017
    2017 Providing primary care using an interprofessional collaborative practice model: What clinicians have learnedJournal of Professional Nursing.  33:410-416. 2017
    2017 Impact of elective versus required medical school research experiences on career outcomesJournal of Investigative Medicine.  65:942-948. 2017
    2017 Addressing the Needs of Adults and Children with Disabilities through Emergency Preparedness and Organizational ImprovisationNonprofit Management and Leadership.  27:423-434. 2017
    2017 Mississippi Medical Reserve Corps: Moving Mississippi from Emergency Planning to Response ReadyJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:47-53. 2017
    2017 Man Versus Machine: Comparing Double Data Entry and Optical Mark Recognition for Processing CAHPS Survey DataQuality Management in Health Care.  26:131-135. 2017
    2017 Promoting continuous quality improvement in the Alabama child health improvement alliance through Q-sort methodology and learning collaborativesQuality Management in Health Care.  26:33-39. 2017
    2017 Student Success Survey: Supporting Academic Success for At-Risk Nursing Students Through Early InterventionNurse Educator.  42:33-37. 2017
    2017 The Fragile Balance of Community-Based Health Care: One Community's United Response When the HIV/AIDS Primary Care Safety Net FailedJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  23:507-514. 2017
    2016 Strengthening Emergency Preparedness in Higher Education through Hazard Vulnerability AnalysisCollege & University Journal.  91:61-68. 2016
    2016 Identifying Continuous Quality Improvement Priorities in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home VisitingJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  22:E12-E20. 2016
    2015 Bringing community and academic scholars together to facilitate and conduct authentic community based participatory research: Project UNITEDInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  13. 2015
    2015 Assistant Principals’ Perceptions Regarding the Role and the Effectiveness of an Educational Leadership ProgramInternational Journal of Higher Education.  5. 2015
    2015 Mission, vision, values, and goals: An exploration of key organizational statements and daily practice in schoolsJournal of Educational Change.  16:217-242. 2015
    2015 Perceptions and experiences of K-12 educational leaders in response to the 27 April 2011 tornadoesSchool Leadership and Management.  35:215-235. 2015
    2015 Addressing the multiplicity of roles of the assistant principal: Insights from the fieldJournal of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  3:135-147. 2015
    2015 Maintaining a strong collaborative community in the early dissertation-writing process: Reflections on program interventionsJournal of Continuing Higher Education.  63:44-50. 2015
    2014 A Geospatial Mixed Methods Approach to Assessing Campus SafetyEvaluation Review.  37:347-369. 2014
    2014 An examination of the relationship between candidate support providers and candidates pursuing National Board CertificationDelta Journal of Education.  4:89-103. 2014
    2014 Assessing needs and resources for the home visiting system in alabama: A mixed methods approachMaternal and Child Health Journal.  18:1075-1084. 2014
    2014 Bridging STEM professions for McNair Scholars through faculty mentoring and academic preparationCollege & University.  89:24-33. 2014
    2014 Connecting institutional goals with measurable outcomes: Lessons from an academic realignment initiativePlanning for Higher Education.  42:13-22. 2014
    2014 Perceptions of school leaders and high school teachers regarding the Professional Learning Community model to support adult learningJournal of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  1:50-65. 2014
    2013 Academic Advising and First-Generation College Students: A Quantitative Study on Student RetentionNacada Journal.  33:46-53. 2013
    2013 Applying qualitative techniques to assessment in student affairsAssessment Update: Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education.  25:5-12. 2013
    2011 Catalyst for change: How student affairs and institutional research found a shared mission through collaborationDevelopments.  9. 2011
    2011 Mentoring Latinos in STEM: Transforming struggling co-op students into savvy professionalsJournal of Cooperative Education and Internships.  45:53-65. 2011
    2011 Playing to your strengths: Appreciative inquiry in the visioning processCollege & University.  87:37-40. 2011
    2011 Re-invigorate your strategic planning process: Appreciative inquiry promotes collaborationLeadership Exchange: Solutions for Student Affairs Management.  9:40-40. 2011
    2010 Mentoring in cooperative education and internships: Preparing proteges for STEM professionsJounral of STEM Education: Innovations and Research.  11:17-26. 2010
    2010 Navigating the personal-professional divide in student affairs: Moving beyond the middleNetResults: Critical Issues for Student Affairs Practitioners.  Online. 2010
    2010 Service beyond silos: Analyzing data trends to inform the one-stop modelCollege & University.  85:81-86. 2010
    2010 Using technology, case studies, and experiential learning to engage freshmen: A collaboration between student affairs and freshmen learning communitiesJournal of Learning Communities Research.  5:27-29. 2010
    2008 Differential experiences of women and minority engineering students in a cooperative education programJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.  14:253-267. 2008
    Assessment in Student Affairs: A focus on functional units - Part IDevelopments.  10.
    The priorities of neurologists for exercise promotion in comprehensive multiple sclerosis careMultiple Scerlosis and Related Disorders.  38.

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 What is Needs Assessment?.  284-285. 2018
    2018 The fragile balance of community-based healthcare: One community’s united response when the HIV primary care safety net failed.  169-184. 2018
    2013 Chapter 4: Analyzing data.  39-46. 2013
    2013 Cultivating change using appreciative inquiry.  19-28. 2013

    Investigator On

  • Educating the Primary Care Nursing Workforce to Combat Opioid Use Disorder through Behavioral Health and Medication-Assisted Treatment Integration in Rural and Underserved Alabama  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2019 - 2023
  • Building More Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: A Collaborative, Cross-District Plan  awarded by GATEWAY BIRMINGHAM SOCIAL SERVICES ORGANIZATION 2019 - 2020
  • 2019-2020 Home Visiting Grant  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2019 - 2020
  • AIDS Education and Training Centers Program  awarded by VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY 2015 - 2020
  • DECE Preschool Development  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2018 - 2019
  • Program Evaluation - ADRS Early Intervention  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES 2018 - 2019
  • Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions with Unmet Needs in Children's Health)  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL RETARDATION 2018 - 2019
  • University of Alabama Birmingham, MIECHV  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2018 - 2019
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (CQI)  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2018 - 2019
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, STAAND  awarded by ALABAMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 2018 - 2019
  • CITY Health II - The Center for the Study of Community Health  awarded by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promo./CDC/DHHS 2014 - 2019
  • UAB Deep South Biosafety and Infectious Disease Response Training Consortium  awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2019
  • Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions with Unmet Needs in Children's Health)  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL RETARDATION 2018
  • DECE Home Visiting Expansion  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2017 - 2018
  • DECE Preschool Development  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2017 - 2018
  • Program Evaluation - ADRS Early Intervention  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES 2017 - 2018
  • Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative Project Evaluation  awarded by MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 2017 - 2018
  • Region IV Public Health Training Center (R-IV-PHTC)  awarded by Emory University 2017 - 2018
  • AIACC Needs Assessment  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL RETARDATION 2017 - 2018
  • Newborn Hearing Program Evaluation Activities  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2017 - 2018
  • Alabama Medicaid CAHPS Health Plan Survey  awarded by ALABAMA MEDICAID AGENCY 2016 - 2017
  • DECE Home Visiting Expansion  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2016 - 2017
  • DECE Preschool Development  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2016 - 2017
  • Program Evaluation - ADRS Early Intervention  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES 2016 - 2017
  • Program Evaluation - ADRS Early Intervention  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES 2016
  • DECE Preschool Development  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2015 - 2016
  • DECE Home Visiting Expansion  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2015 - 2016
  • DECE Home Visiting Expansion - First Teacher  awarded by DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2015 - 2016
  • Technology Enhancement for Psychiatric NPs Using Interprofessional Education  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2012 - 2016
  • Needs Assessment to Inform and Process for Monitoring the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan Proposal  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2015 - 2016
  • DCA Preschool Development  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S AFFAIRS 2015
  • DCA Home Visiting Expansion  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S AFFAIRS 2014 - 2015
  • Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2013 - 2015
  • Enrichment Academy for Nursing Success-Nursing Workforce Diversity  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2012 - 2015
  • Culturally Competent, Distance Accessible Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Management of Diabetes (CCDNP-AMD) Program  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2011 - 2015
  • DCA Home Visiting Expansion  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S AFFAIRS 2013 - 2014
  • State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2014
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program - Phase III  awarded by ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN'S AFFAIRS 2012 - 2013
  • Enrichment Academy for Nursing Success  awarded by Health Resources and Services Administration/DHHS 2012
  • Full Name

  • Matthew Fifolt