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The Dr. Paula Show, Tuesday 04/04 At 11 AM: Dr. Cynthia Barnes-Boyd

April is National Minority Health Month 2016!

The theme for 2016 is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” The next Dr. Paula show will feature Dr. Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) . The show will air on Tuesday, April 4th at 11 AM. Dr. Barnes-Boyd will be sharing her thoughts on addressing health literacy among diverse communities, the most significant social or cultural contributors to health disparities among diverse populations and the factors considered for promoting healthy diverse communities that are economically challenged.

Dr. Cynthia (Cee) Barnes-Boyd is the Director of the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) which focuses on community engagement in service, research and education university/community partnerships. She is a Senior Director for Mile Square Health Center with responsibility for the School Based Health Center Network and an Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health and College of Nursing. Dr. Boyd is also the Director of the UIC Healthy City Collaborative which brings together researchers and community partners that have an interest in community engaged or community participatory research. Through the Collaborative, Dr. Boyd has served as a director, co-investigator or evaluation director for several community engaged research programs including the CDC supported REACH US and the Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities. She administers the USDA supported Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, a city-wide nutrition education initiative for low income families. Her interest and research focuses on social and cultural contributors to health disparities, service utilization barriers and health problems of importance to racioethnic groups.

Do you have an idea for a Dr. Paula Show topic? Is there someone you would like to hear interviewed on the topic of health literacy? Share you suggestions with us! Contact Brienne Lowry at


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