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Latecia M. Abraham became employed with the Public Information and Community Outreach (PICO) Program as Program Coordinator in the Department of Library Science and Informatics (DLSI) at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. In 2013, Latecia M. Abraham was promoted to Instructor with the PICO Program in the DLSI. As PICO Instructor, Latecia develops and implements new outreach initiatives, focusing on the unique relationship between human health, environmental quality, Environmental Justice and economic development. In addition, she serves as Preceptor for the IP 710 Course: Transforming Health Care for the Future, instructing Interprofessional students about the healthcare system, cultural competencies, health disparities, and social determinants of health. Latecia oversees the coordination of Community Leaders Institutes and Technical Assistance Workshops throughout the nation, designs panelist and moderator briefings for Our Health made-for-television broadcast series, and manages registration as well as solicits sponsorships, sponsorship ads, and speaker-related documents for national conferences on health disparities, generating 450 - 700 attendees. Latecia identifies supplemental program funding, conducts research, and submits manuscripts containing research findings to peer-reviewed journals.
In addition, Latecia serves as a manuscript reviewer for Sage Publications, and she serves as a Faculty Senator, representing the DLSI. She is one of three Diversity and Inclusion's Implementation Team's Communications, Community Relations and Outreach Co-Chairs, and is a Humanities Committee Member. Latecia is an Advisory Board Member of the National Conference on Health Disparities, where she has served since its inception. She is a founding member of Diversity and Ethnic Relations Committee (DERC). Also, she is a member of the American Public Health Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a team leader for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 5K Lowountry Walk.
- Doctor, Health Administration - Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, South Carolina - 2012
- Master, Health Administration - Medical University of South Carolina -Charleston, South Carolina - 2000
- Bachelor of Science, B.S., option, Health Administration - Winthrop University - Rock Hill, South Carolina - 1995
- Ford, M.E., Abraham, L.M., Bryant, D.C., Jefferson, M.S., LaPelle, N.R., Hazelton, T.R., Spruill, I.J. (2016). Evaluating a Media Strategy to Provide Health Messages to Medically Underserved Populations (Closing The Gap in Healthcare, Inc.). Health Promotion Practice. Submitted: Manuscript Under Review.
- Ford, M.E., Bauza, C.E., Turner, D.P., Abraham, L.M., Moore, L.A., Magwood, G.,et al. (2016). Evaluating BMI and Physical Activity in European American, African American, and Sea Island Breast Cancer Survivors. American Journal of Public Health. Submitted: June 2016.
- Abraham, L.M., Ford, M.E., Rivers, D.E. (2015). Building Healthy Communities: Design of the PICO TAW. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action Journal. Submitted: Manuscript Under Review.
- Ford, M.E., Abraham, L.M., Harrison, A.L., Jefferson, M.S., Hazelton, T.R., Varner, H., ... Salley, J.D. (2015). Mentoring Strategies and Outcomes of Two Federally Funded Cancer Research Training Programs for Underrepresented Students in the Biomedical Sciences. Journal of Cancer Education, doi:10.1007/s13187-015-0825-0.
- Rivers, D., Fleming, G., & Jablonski, R. (Eds). Abraham, L., Murray, C., Wesley, B., Godish, D., Kent, D., Hughes, T., & Cooper, M. (Photographers). (2013). Building and sustaining healthy communities: a framework for progress. Charleston: Medical University of South Carolina.
- Abraham, L. (August 31, 2015, September 21, 2015, October 5, 2015, October 26, 2015, November 9, 2015, and November 16, 2015). Transforming the future of health care course introduction and the U.S. health care system. Presented at the MUSC IP 710 Course, Charleston, SC.
- Abraham, L. (July 20, 2015). MUSC Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Strategic Plan. Presented at the MUSC Library Science and Informatics Departmental Meeting, Charleston, SC.
- Abraham, L., Gilliard, A., and Ormond, J. (March 21, 2015). Edisto District Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church 2014 Oratorical Essay Competition. Judged the oratorical essays at Graham A.M.E. Church, Charleston, SC.
- Abraham, L. (January 13, 2015, January 27, 2015, February 17, 2015, March 3, 2015, & March 31, 2015). Transforming the future of health care course introduction and the U.S. health care system.
Presented at the MUSC IP 710 Course, Charleston, SC.
- Abraham, L., Diez, C. (January 14, 2014, February 4, 2014, February 18, 2014, March 4, 2014, & April 1, 2014). Transforming the future of health care course introduction and the U.S. health care system. Presented at the MUSC IP 710 Course, Charleston, SC.
- Abraham, L. (February 25, 2014). Careers in Health Care ~ Black History Month. Presented at Moultrie Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC.
- Abraham, L. (October 30, 2012). Community Health Centers and the development of women leaders: what can the rest of public health learn? Presented at the 2012 American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting and Expo, San Francisco, CA.
- Abraham, L., Jones, W., Smith, T., and Bracken, N. (October 29, 2012). Community Health Centers and male vs. female patterns of mentorship and succession planning: The meaning of the differences. Presented a poster at the 2012 American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting and Expo, San Francisco, CA.
Selected Recognition and Awards
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated - Beta Kappa Lambda Chapter - Educator's Award, 2015
- Bronze Telly Award, honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials, programs, and finest video/film productions for the PICO Zip Code program-36th Annual Telly Awards, 2015
- U.S. Virgin Islands Community Outreach Award, 2008