Key Personnel - Rhonda Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP
Dr. Johnson is the Principal Investigator for CAHDRE, as well as the Director for the Research and Education Training Core. She has served as Coordinator of the UAA graduate program in public health (MPH program) since 2004, and as Chair of the UAA Department of Health Sciences since 2005. She completed her Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) as a Public Health Leadership Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2001). Dr. Johnson has also been a nationally certified family nurse practitioner (FNP), with almost 20 years of primary care practice and public health program management, mostly in rural, underserved areas of the US. Her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Rural Development-northeastern Thailand, 1981-82) and Peace Corps Trainer (Bangkok, Thailand, 1983) initiated her interest in health disparities. A former national Rural Health Fellow (NRHA 2007), she has particular interests in rural/frontier health practice, innovative provider teams and "team science," health literacy/health communication, and community-based participatory research. Dr. Johnson teaches courses in health education and health behavior, program evaluation, circumpolar health issues, and health services administration.
Principal Investigator, CAHDRE
Director, Research Ed & Training Core (UAA)