- DrPH in Health Education, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
- MPH in Community Health Education, Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro
- BA in French Studies, International Languages & Global Studies, Andrews University
- Certified Health Education Specialist, CHES
Class Schedule Fall 2021
- HEA 623 Assessment and Program Planning II
As a social scientist, my philosophy of research and practice is guided by principles of health equity, which is social justice in health. Several formative cross-cultural and international experiences have served as catalysts for the development of my early research interests related to tobacco control and the inequitable socio-environmental contexts which disadvantage communities.
In congruence with my philosophy, my current research and practice identify and advocate policy, systems, and environmental strategies to address root causes of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities. Specifically, my work toward health equity is focused in two main areas:
- Tobacco-related Health Disparities (TRHDs)
- Relationships between place and health
Our most recent study, Tobacco Advertisements: What Messages Are They Sending in African American Communities?, published in the FDA- sponsored “Tobacco and Health Equity” supplement of Health Promotion Practice, examined tobacco ad messages in retail stores in Greensboro, North Carolina. We found that advertising within a sample of African American communities in Greensboro frequently used messaging to redirect attention from harmful product effects, primarily for cigarettes and non-large cigars, to favorable attributes or feelings. However, messaging aimed to reassure users products were safe despite health risks were found more frequently in e-cigarette advertising.
Check out my contribution in WalletHub’s timely article, The Real Cost of Smoking by State, which is timely considering the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation
Healthy NC 2030:
Served as Task Force member and Co-Lead of Health Behavior Workgroup to inform the development of 10-year indicators and targets to improve the health of North Carolinians. Learn more and read the full report at: http://nciom.org/healthy-north-carolina-2030/
- Rosario, C.,Harris, K.(2020). Tobacco ads: What messages are they sending in African American communities.Health Promotion Practice,21(S1), 54S-60S. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839919882390
- Rosario, C., Modeste, N., Dos Santos, H., Handysides, D., Gamboa-Maldonado, T., & Boyd, K.(2017). An examination of ecologicalinfluences on thehealth literacyofBlack college students.Journal of American College Health, 65(6),423-431. Link to article