Department of Public Health Education

Dr. Sharon D. Morrison, MSPH, MHSE, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Fellow, Center for New North Carolinians
Dr. Sharon D. Morrison, MSPH, MHSE, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Public Health Education
School of Health and Human Sciences
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
(336) 334-3243 (office)
(336) 334-3238 (fax)
CNNC Research Fellow

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Health Literacy

My research is guided by the principles of cultural competence and community engagement, and grounded in ecological frameworks of illness/disease occurrence, management and prevention. I frequently employ applied anthropology methods in the research design. I have worked in the rural English-speaking Caribbean --Jamaica and the Bahamas, Mexico, South Africa and Zambia and with ethnically diverse U.S. populations (Hispanic/Latinos, Africans/African Americans). I examine cultural practices and environments and their role and relationships in HIV prevention. I am also interested in how migration (voluntary and forced) and resettlement create vulnerabilities, challenges, needs and opportunities for newcomer populations. As a Research Fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians, I have partnered with local refugee and immigrant serving organizations and groups in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and service-learning to address some of these issues.

Current Projects

Family relationships, household strategies, and hypertension risk in S.E. Asian Adults in the US South (S. Shreeniwas, S. Morrison & J. Dharod)

This interdisciplinary study examines how family relationship factors (intergenerational relations, spouse/partner relationships, and extended family networks) affect hypertension risk factors (food insecurity, nutrition choices, and primary health care access,) among adults, in the Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant community in the US South.

Gaps and Strategies in Montagnard Refugee Community Access to American Health Systems (PIs: H. Xin, S. Morrison, J. Dharod, A. Young)

This is case study examines the perspectives and experiences of Vietnam-trained former Montagnard refugee physicians concerning 1) medical training and practice in Vietnam 2) living in America, 3) common health beliefs and practices of Montagnards, and 4) current roles as interpreters, community health workers and health care “allies”.

Enablers of HIV Testing Decision Making among Hispanic/Latino women in the US South (PIs: S. Morrison & S. Shreeniwas)

This project is designed to identify and describe cultural and environmental factors that enable Hispanic/Latino women to voluntarily seek and follow-through with HIV testing and counseling. The aim is to generate an assessment tool comprising these enabling factors intended for use by HIV and other service providers to administer to clients. This will allow them to identify those women who are more easily facilitated for HIV testing versus those who may be more challenged in this regard.

Post-resettlement chronic and emergency health care needs of refugees (S. Morrison, H. Xin, & S. Shreeniwas; Community Partner - Church World Service)

This CBPR project is in partnership with Church World Service, a non-profit agency with a refugee resettlement program. The purpose is to identify emergency and chronic health problems that require management after the initial 6-month resettlement period and determine the extent of human, time and financial resources being directed toward case management and health education for prevention. The findings will guide efforts to mobilize or redirect existing resources for coordinated and effective disease management and prevention.


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