Principal Investigator (PI)

Robert M. Mayberry, M.S., M.P.H., Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology and Vice Chair, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Mayberry also serves as the Associate Director, MSM Clinical Research Center and Director, the Study Design, Biostatistics, and Data Management Core, Research Center for Clinical and Translational Research (R-CENTER). He is the former Director of Health Equity Research, Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, at Baylor Health Care System (BHCS), Dallas, Texas, and led efforts to better understand variations in care quality by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other patient characteristics; to improve healthcare quality by implementing evidence-based interventions to eliminate inequities in healthcare; and to integrate scientific findings into clinical decisions and
healthcare policy to achieve equitable best care practices.

Dr. Mayberry has conducted significant extramurally-funded research as principal investigator, including research in Medicaid managed care options and performance standards, on improving recommended diabetes care standards in community health centers, on improving sustainable self-care behaviors in private and governmentally-funded health care systems, and research to increase adherence to evidence-based medication. More recent work has focused on building the research infrastructures and the capacities of community-based organizations for prevention research, including the successful training and integration of community health workers into primary care.

Receiving his doctoral training in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Mayberry has significant experience in research, teaching, program planning and evaluation, and policy analysis. He has served in several academic and governmental positions including the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina and Senior Epidemiologist for Minority Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is active in local, state, and national health services and public health organizations including the Academy Health (former nationally elected member of the Board of Directors and member of Annual Research Meeting Planning Committee), Coalition for Health Services Research, the American Public Health Association (Epidemiology and Medical Care Sections Planning Committees) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research (Annual Meeting Abstract Review Committee). As an appointed member of Georgia Governor’s Council on Maternal and Infant Health, he chaired its Evaluation and Strategy Workgroups which identified priorities and solutions for maternal and infant health among stakeholders throughout the state. He also led the evaluation of the Pfizer Foundation Southern HIV/AIDS Initiative and provided technical assistance to the 24 community-based organizations providing health education and prevention interventions to diverse local communities in nine states.

Dr. Mayberry is a nationally noted scientist, scholar and an opinion leader in minority health and health disparities/equity research. He has influenced policy and funding decisions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Health Care Research and Policy, and the National Quality Forum in this regard. He also serves as an expert consultant and scientific reviewer for several academic, private and federal organizations and reviewer for many peer-review scientific journals. As a teacher and mentor, Dr. Mayberry was awarded the Abraham Lilienfeld Award by the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association for his excellent contributions to the teaching of epidemiology.

Meet Our Team

Pamela V. Daniels, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Pamela V. Daniels, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.Project Director
Pamela V. Daniels, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D. is an epidemiologist and sociologist for the RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (R-CENTER) Study Design, Biostatistics and Data Management Core in the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Daniels completed her graduate training in health education, health policy, epidemiology and sociology, specializing in race and urban studies, at the University of Miami (FL) and Georgia State University. Her major research interest is in how preexisting social vectors intersect to increase health disparities in minority populations. She began her work with community health workers in the mid-1990s developing training curriculum’s and training peer educators in HIV prevention in Florida’s juvenile justice system. Dr. Daniels is currently working with community health workers to improve chronic disease self-management and prevention among at-risk and persons diagnosed and living with prediabetes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health concerns for the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Racial and Ethnic approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is an active member in national public health and sociology associations which include Academy Health, American Public Health Association, American Evaluation Association, the American Sociology Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Daniels also serves as a scientific reviewer for several private and federal organizations and reviewer for many peer-review scientific journals. She also serves on the international editorial board for Drugs in Context (Endocrinology Section), APHA’s Community Health Worker Nomination and Policy Committees.
Marguerite Dossie
Marguerite DossieCommunity Health Worker
Marguerite Dossie has been a Community Health Worker at Morehouse School of Medicine for five years. She is a liaison between community members and health services for persons with diabetes and resident at risk of diabetes and other chronic disease. She participates in the iADAPT 2.0 Train-the-Trainer project as a teacher and trainer on Nutrition, Physical Activity, Caring for Yourself, and Health Literacy. In her leisure time, she continues to assist persons with diabetes patients with informative resources.
Shawn J. Enis
Shawn J. EnisCommunity Health Worker
Shawn J. Enis is native of Jersey City, New Jersey. He studied early childhood education as well as psychology. Shawn has worked with adolescents and adults for approximately 15 years as a Mental Health/Social Service professional. His assignments as a mental health professional included working with adolescent children in long term and crisis intervention facilities in the state of Georgia. As a lead instructor for an adult day program, Shawn educated adults with severe mental disabilities on daily living and community integration. He joined iADAPT 2.0 team at Morehouse School of Medicine as a Community Health Worker in 2015. As a member of the iADAPT 2.0, Shawn teaches topics from Changing Habits and Goal Setting, knowledge is Power (i.e., Knowing the Risk Factors for Chronic Disease) and Mental Health in our Community Health Workers Training.
Barbara Mack
Barbara MackCommunity Health Worker
Barbara Mack comes to the iADAPT 2.0 Project with 35 years of experience working in the primary care clinics at Grady Hospital. While at Grady, her duties included triaging patients, phlebotomy services, patient admissions and patient transportation. Ms. B. (as she is preferred to be called) has been at Morehouse School of Medicine for 10 years. While at MSM, she has worked on several research projects serving as a Community Health Worker. Ms. B.’s responsibilities have included educating and counseling study participants on lifestyle changes, in-person and by telephone, with the iADAPT2.0 project. She has Community Health Workers at each session on chronic disease & self-management. She hope to do her best to help community residents from being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes with the educational tools that she uses teaching and following up documentation and at community health fairs. In her free time, she enjoy fishing, spending time with her family, shopping and floral arrangement.
Keierre A. Richards
Keierre A. RichardsCommunity Health Worker
Keierre A. Richards is native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He studied Biology while also playing basketball at Savannah State University. Keierre, a recent graduate of Savannah State University (May 2015), joined the iADAPT 2.0 Project team as Community Health Worker (CHW) in September 2015. As a CHW, he trains other Community Health Workers and community residents on chronic disease self-management and prevention. With a background in athletics and physical activity, Keierre has a natural interest in educating the community on physical education and healthy eating habits. His long term goals include attending medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine and specialize in Orthopedic Medicine.

Master Trainers

Pamela V. Daniels, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Pamela V. Daniels, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D.Project Director
Pamela V. Daniels, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D. is an epidemiologist and sociologist for the RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (R-CENTER) Study Design, Biostatistics and Data Management Core in the Clinical Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Daniels completed her graduate training in health education, health policy, epidemiology and sociology, specializing in race and urban studies, at the University of Miami (FL) and Georgia State University. Her major research interest is in how preexisting social vectors intersect to increase health disparities in minority populations. She began her work with community health workers in the mid-1990s developing training curriculum’s and training peer educators in HIV prevention in Florida’s juvenile justice system. Dr. Daniels is currently working with community health workers to improve chronic disease self-management and prevention among at-risk and persons diagnosed and living with prediabetes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health concerns for the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Racial and Ethnic approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is an active member in national public health and sociology associations which include Academy Health, American Public Health Association, American Evaluation Association, the American Sociology Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Daniels also serves as a scientific reviewer for several private and federal organizations and reviewer for many peer-review scientific journals. She also serves on the international editorial board for Drugs in Context (Endocrinology Section), APHA’s Community Health Worker Nomination and Policy Committees.
Glenda Knight, PhD MPH CHES
Glenda Knight, PhD MPH CHESCertified Health Education Specialist
Dr. Knight is the Executive Director of Cutting Edge Health Options, Inc., a Health Education and Health Communication Agency. She is also Co-Chair of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition, Inc., which serves DeKalb and Fulton counties in Georgia, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Adult Education with a concentration in Health Literacy from Auburn University. She also earned masters’ degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Gerontology where she focused on Health Education and Human Service Administration respectively. Dr. Knight’s early career was as a certified medical technologist, a clinical laboratory supervisor, and founder/operator of a Licensed Private Home Care Agency. She is the author of a health literacy book chapter (Knight, G.D. (2014). Health Literacy: An essential ingredient for better health outcomes – Overview of Health Literacy Theoretical Concepts in V.C.X. Wang (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Adult and Community Health, IGI Global). Dr. Knight provides consultant services to the Morehouse School of Medicine – REACH Health Initiative’s iADAPT 2.0 Project (training participants of the Community Health Worker Train-the-Trainer course). She is a group facilitator of both the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. She serves on the Community Engagement Advisory Committee of the Fort Mac Local Redevelopment Authority; she serves on the Board of Directors for both the Georgia Diabetes Coalition and the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. Her professional affiliations include the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Kayellen Edmonds Umeakunne, MS RD LD
Kayellen Edmonds Umeakunne, MS RD LDDietician
Kayellen Edmonds Umeakunne, MS RD LD is a Registered Licensed Dietitian and Researcher interested in diet related health disparities and disease prevention in African Americans. Her research focuses on promotion of Plant Based Diets for optimal health. Her current study funded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is on the effect of a traditional DASH diet versus a Dairy-Free Vegetarian Diet on the Gut Microbiome and Blood Pressure in Obese Pre-Hypertensive African American Women at Risk for Cardiovascular disease. Ms. Umeakunne has been a Research Bionutritionist and Nutrition Research Manager for 23 years including 13 years at the Emory University GCRC and 9 years at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) CRC where she currently directs the Bionutrition Core and Body Composition Lab. In addition, she serves as Research Committee Chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group and is a Research Scholar alumna of the MSM/UAB/Tuskegee Partnership. Ms. Umeakunne has nutrition expertise in the areas of hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, plant based diets, obesity and cancer.
Vicki Karnes, RN LPN MA CDE
Vicki Karnes, RN LPN MA CDECertified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
In her second career as a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, Ms. Karnes works to empower vulnerable and underserved individuals and families to prevent diabetes and its complications. She began her nursing career in the clinical setting as the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator for a charitable care clinic. She also provided support to clinical staff serving uninsured adults living with diabetes at other Georgia Charitable Care Network clinics. As a result of her work to increase access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured, Ms. Karnes has become a sought-after speaker on the Health Care Safety Net in Metro Atlanta. As a graduate of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Training Program, she counsels senior adults and people with disabilities on the transition to Medicare. She is also a licensed Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator and public speaker on the financial assistance programs available to qualified low-income adults and families through the Affordable Care Act.