New Award for HELI Alumna Dr. Tiffany Green!

Congratulations to HELI 2010 alumna Tiffany Green, PhD, on her recent award from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP)!

Dr. Green will receive $150,000 over two years from the New Investigator Program to support her project, Improving health outcomes for Black birthing people: Evaluating the impacts of Wisconsin’s birth cost recovery policy on the health and wellbeing of low-income Black birthing parents: a community-centered approach.

Project Description:

Birth Cost Recovery (BCR) holds unmarried, non-custodial fathers liable for Medicaid birth costs in Wisconsin, yet there is little known about the impact of this policy on Black birthing people in Wisconsin. This project, led by Tiffany Green, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, will work to better understand how BCR and other similar social policies impact inequities in health outcomes among low-income Black birthing people in the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Green and a team of interdisciplinary experts in the fields of economics, population health, pediatrics, social work, clinical/social psychology and community engagement will create an evaluation framework for BCR as a way of measuring the impact of this policy and collect evidence that can be useful in informing future policies and improving health outcomes statewide.

The WPP New Investigator Program provides opportunities for early-career faculty to initiate new, innovative educational or research pilot projects that can lead to further support from federal or other granting agencies.

Dr. Green is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and OBGYN at UW-Madison.

Read the WPP announcement including all four 2022 awards.

Congrats to HELI Alumnus Dr. Randy Brown!

Congratulations to HELI 2011 alumnus Randy Brown, MD, PhD, DFASAM, on his promotion to Full Professor with tenure in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health!

Dr. Brown is a researcher/clinician/teacher with many irons in the fire! His primary interests revolve around the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders and their complications in settings outside of the specialist treatment environment (such as primary care, hospitals, pharmacies, and criminal justice settings).

In 2017, Dr. Brown launched the Program for Research, Outreach, Therapeutics, and Education in the Addictions (PROTEA). It is an interdisciplinary group at UW that engages in innovative and collaborative programs of research, education, patient care, and community engagement to improve systems of prevention and treatment for substance-related issues and, thereby, improve health and well-being in patients and communities. PROTEA aims to innovate treatment and prevention systems in order to ensure timely access to competent, compassionate, and effective care for those struggling with substance related issues; minimize the community level impacts and inequities associated with substance misuse; and eliminate unfair and stigmatizing practices and policies related to alcohol and other drug use issues.

Learn more about Dr. Brown and PROTEA here.

Congratulations, Randy!

Multiple Opportunities!

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Engagement and Community Affairs is seeking a Director of Urban and Regional Impact Measurement. This is a high-level position that will enable them to track, evaluate, and report the University of Pittsburgh’s community impact across their urban and regional engagements. This position develops and implements the systems, strategies, and methods used to evaluate Pitt’s community impact and leads the data analysis and visualization of findings necessary to report Pitt’s impact to the university’s internal and external constituencies. The position has the potential to be jointly appointed as an affiliated faculty member within the School of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy and can have teaching responsibilities that are aligned with the evaluation and research method expertise required of the administrative position.  They are seeking someone who has measurement and data visualization competence, familiarity with measuring community impact, and strong communication and teaming skills. A terminal/doctoral degree is required.

Find all information and apply online here.

Please share with your networks. Questions may be directed to Lina Dostilio, vice chancellor for engagement and community affairs at

The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) and College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) invite applications from early-career investigators for up to 12 tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, as part of the inaugural NIH-funded Drexel FIRST program.

Drexel FIRST (Faculty Institutional Research for Sustainable Transformation) is a novel NIH initiative to enhance inclusive excellence in health disparities research and support career development and retention of early-career investigators with a strong focus on developing independent research.

Learn more!

Confidential informal queries to Dean Gitlin ( and Dean Diez Roux ( are welcome.

Applications will be reviewed starting January 10, 2022 and will be accepted until successful candidates have been identified.

Purdue University Pharmacy Opportunity in Health Equity

The Department of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University invites applications for clinical-track or tenure-track positions in the area of Equity / Health Equity, as part of a cluster hiring initiative in Public Health, Health Policy, and Health Equity.

This cluster, comprised of 14 new faculty members across four colleges—Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Libraries and Information Studies, and Pharmacy—is just the first wave of a larger, multi-year cluster hiring initiative totaling 40 FTE overall that aims to expand Purdue’s research enterprise, add to the range of perspectives of our faculty, and promote a supportive community for all students.

The appointments would start in July/August 2022 or a future date subject to negotiation and appointments are expected to be at the level of Assistant Professor. 

They are looking for candidates who are interested in addressing disparities in social determinants of health locally in Indiana and/or in settings outside of the United States. Pertinent experience and desirable areas of engagement may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Providing healthcare services for underserved populations
  • Working directly with marginalized communities to develop contextualized services aligned with their needs
  • Assisting with nutrition insecurity
  • Promoting youth education and wellness
  • Evaluating public health programs
  • Developing population health enhancing programs
  • Addressing economic disparities

All position and application process details are available here.

Applications will be accepted through the SuccessFactors link beginning on October 29, 2021 and conclude on January 10, 2022.

Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Sonak Pastakia, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, at

Thank you to HELI 2014 alumna Dr. Olayinka Shiyanbola for sharing with us!

Promising Practices for Campuses to Support Community Engaged Health Equity Research: A Call to Action

Register now for HELI 2021 session 3!

This session will feature Dr. Tisha M. Felder, a HELI 2011 Alumna and Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina and Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, with facilitation by Sarah Esmond, MS, of the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE).

The speakers will focus on ‘Promising Practices for Campuses to Support Community Engaged Health Equity Research: A Call to Action.’

Date: Thursday, December 2

Time: 2-3:00pm PST / 4-5:00pm CST / 5-6:00pm EST

Platform: Zoom webinar


View the recording of this event here.

Session Description
Great opportunities exist to modify administrative practices in higher education to protect, support, and advance health equity research, health equity scholar career development, and community-academic partnerships. In this HELI Session 3, our own Sarah Esmond (UW CCHE) will facilitate a conversation with two health equity experts, examining career pathways, NIH data trends for Scholars with underrepresented minority status, and the critical role research administration has in successful implementation of health equity research.

Ms. Esmond welcomes back HELI alumna, Dr. Tisha Felder, Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, who will share NIH K to R award trends alongside lessons learned from her own K research program development. This segment of our program will highlight key research administration moments and impact on her career development timeline.

Ms. Esmond and Dr. Felder will be joined by Dr. Lori Carter-Edwards, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, who will share her Scientific Autobiography and how it led her to national efforts to address fiscal and administrative barriers and facilitators impacting community-engaged research and health equity. This segment of our program will introduce promising practices stemming from national demonstration projects focused on uniform guidance.

Please join us for a scintillating conversation and Call to Action focused on asset-based approaches to strengthen administrative practices in academic health centers in support of community-engagement and health equity research!

Questions? Contact

Find all details about HELI 2021 here.

HELI 2021 will take place via 3 virtual sessions to occur between May and December.  Each session is designed to inspire and to celebrate achievement while also maintaining our high standard of keeping it real. We are opening up virtual programming to an expanded audience of HELI alumni, prospective HELI Scholars, on- and off campus experts and instructors, and lay members of the public who are curious about what community-academic partnerships are and what health equity scholars do. 

Gender & Health Opportunity at UW-Madison

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin Madison seeks applications from scholars with expertise in gender and health for a nine-month, full-time, permanent tenure-track position to begin August 2022.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies, Health Sciences or related fields, with an interdisciplinary orientation to research and teaching as well as a quantitative approach to social scientific methods.

Preference will be given to candidates specializing in:

– Intersectional health issues in LGBTQIA+, African-American, Latinx, and/or Native American/Indigenous communities
– Trans Studies
– Disability Studies
– Global Health
– Public Health

Research and teaching interests may include but are not limited to reproductive justice, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), care work, family health, feminist/queer kinship, and health across the lifespan.

Find all position details and application instructions here.

For best consideration, apply by November 28, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions may be directed to Jamie Gratrix at, (608) 263-4704.

Thank you to Angela Byars-Winston for sharing!

Family Health and Well-Being Opportunity at Maryland

The Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at University of Maryland, College Park seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary department with family science, maternal and child health, and couple and family therapy programs.

They are particularly interested in candidates conducting research in one or more of these broad areas: the impact of discrimination and racism on family health and well-being (e.g. physical, mental and reproductive health outcomes); the health and well-being of families around the globe affected by climate, migration, conflict, and pandemics; families and healthy aging across the life course; or translation of research evidence into advocacy for policies that promote health equity and social justice for families at local, national and global levels.

This is a 9-month tenure-track appointment. Appointments may begin in August 2022 or on a mutually agreed-upon date.

Applicants must apply electronically to, faculty section, position #117492. For best consideration, candidates should submit materials by December 3, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

>> Find all position and application details here.

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Amy Lewin, Search Committee Chair and questions about the application submission may be directed to Ms. Traci Jackson, Search Coordinator

Thank you to Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn for sharing!

Tenure Track Opportunities at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern University is seeking to fill TWO faculty positions!

Both positions are for a 10-month, tenure-track appointment in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. The home campus for these positions will be the Armstrong campus located in Savannah, GA.

The Department of Health Policy and Community Health invites applications and nominations for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor. To complement current teaching, research, and professional services activities in the college, professional characteristics ideal for this position include the ability to articulate a clear approach to using their knowledge and skills to integrate principles and practices of public health, including health informatics, into the traditional public health practice and healthcare market. Potential for securing external funds is also a priority.

  • Screening of applications begins November 16, 2021, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:
  • Jeffery A. Jones, Ph.D., Search Chair, Search #67889
    Department of Health Policy and Community Health
    Georgia Southern University
    P.O. Box 8015
    Statesboro, GA 30460-8015
    Electronic mail:
    Telephone: 912-478-2674

The Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences (BEES) invites applications and nominations for the position of a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biostatistics. The Assistant Professor will contribute to the department’s mission of research and training by maintaining an active methodological research program, engaging with multidisciplinary research teams, mentoring graduate students, teaching graduate and undergraduate biostatistics courses to biostatistics and public health students, and contributing to the department, college, and University through professional service.

  • Screening of applications begins November 16, 2021, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:
  • Dr. Chun Hai Fung, Search Chair, Search #67888
    Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
    Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences
    Georgia Southern University
    P.O. Box 8015
    Statesboro, GA 30460-8015
    Electronic mail:
    Telephone: 912-478-2674

Thank you to HELI 2013 alumna Dr. Nandi Marshall for sharing!

Cancer-Relevant Research Opportunity at UMD College Park

The Department of Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park seeks a full-time, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary department with behavioral science, health promotion intervention, and community-engaged research programs.

This candidate will help the Department further enhance its national leadership at the forefront of research and education on community and population health. They particularly welcome applicants with experience and expertise in one or more of the following broad cancer-relevant areas: behavioral science research (prevention, screening, care); the impact of discrimination and racism on cancer health inequities (institutional, community, and societal levels); tobacco control (use and prevention) and tobacco regulatory science (policy); community-engaged research; implementation science; or translation of research evidence to promote health equity and social justice. They will also consider applications in other areas of cancer-relevant research.

Candidates should be able to: (1) develop and sustain an externally funded research program, (2) teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and (3) play a central role in developing the Department’s research, teaching, practice, and service initiatives with community partners. The ideal candidate will have a record that is consistent with the Department’s commitment to antiracism, equity, and inclusion.

Applicants must apply electronically to, faculty section, position #105989. For best consideration, candidates should submit materials by November 15, 2021.

Find the full position and application details here.

Position flyer: BCH Assistant or Associate Professor (PDF)

Dr. Aasim Padela Brings His Talents to Wisconsin

HELI 2011 alumnus Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc, FACEP, is the new professor and vice chair of research and scholarship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin as of September 2020!

Dr. Padela’s multidisciplinary research clears new fields that unite ethics, medicine and religious studies. In his own words, “I use Muslim Americans and Islam as a model to study how religious identity impacts health behaviors and healthcare experiences, as well as the professional identities of doctors and their practice. I also explore the bioethical guidance Islam offers to patients, providers, policymakers and religious leaders.”

Check out the in depth profile on Dr. Padela’s journey via Wisconsin Muslim Journal here.

Congratulations Dr. Padela! We’re so excited to have you in the Badger State!