Sharon D. Morrison, MSPH, PhD – CNNC Research Fellow

Associate Professor, Public Health Education, UNCG 

Sharon D. Morrison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at The University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG).  She is also a member of the program advisory faculty for the International and Global Studies (IGS) program in the College of Arts and Sciences.  She is a Research Fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians. Dr. Morrison’s community-based research has focused on improving health outcomes of immigrant and refugee newcomers to the U.S. and on HIV prevention in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa. She has conducted a service-learning program in Zambia. Dr. Morrison earned an MSPH from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a PhD in Health Behavior (minor in Medical Anthropology) from the University of Florida.

Current Projects

Montagnard Health Disparities Research Network

The Montagnard Health Disparities Research Network (MHDRN) is a community-based research partnership designed to create sustainable solutions to problems faced by the Montagnard community in the Triad region. Members include CNNC Research Fellows, Montagnard community stakeholders and local community supporters. Issues being addressed within this network are household food security and nutrition challenges, diabetes and hypertension, women’s literacy, health care access, community health worker and foreign trained physician needs and outreach efforts within the community, mentorship and training of high school and college age Montagnard youth.

Enablers of HIV testing decision making in Hispanic/Latino women in the US South 

This project seeks to generate a checklist of factors that enable Hispanic/Latino women in NC to take up HIV testing and counseling.  This checklist is to be used as a tool for health care providers to administer to clients so that they can identify and distinguish between women who may be more easily facilitated to take the test or who may be more challenged in this regard.  This 2-phase project includes 1) a qualitative interviewing with Hispanic/Latino women, HIV test providers, and community leaders, to ascertain which factors enabled women to access and go through with HIV testing, and 2) a quantitative survey using items derived from the qualitative phase that is tested with the target population, and whose psychometric properties and associations with HIV testing outcomes is being examined.

Post-resettlement chronic and emergency health care needs of refugees (Community based research partner: Church World Service)

The goal of this project is to identify and characterize the types of emergency and chronic health problems that require management after the initial resettlement 6 month period and determine the extent to which resettlement service providers direct resources toward case management for post-resettlement emergency and specialty care conditions.

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