Dr. Kimberly Coleman is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Health Education in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at North Carolina Central University. The 2012-2013 academic year will be her last at NCCU, but proves to be busy before her departure.
She received her BA from Spelman College; an MPH from the University of Michigan; and a PhD from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dr. Coleman has over a decade of public health and health education experience which includes health ministry management, health care services administration, research project coordination and smoking cessation and weight management-focused health counseling. Her primary research and practice expertise focus on examining the relationship between religion, spirituality, and health; developing HIV/AIDS prevention education interventions, and community-based participatory research with African-American communities. She is also among the first cohort of professionals to earn the Master Certified Health Education Specialist designation in April 2011. Prior to coming to NCCU, she was on the faculty at Georgia Southern University, having the distinction of being the first joint appointed faculty member between the College of Health and Human Sciences and Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Her research as a doctoral candidate, led to the development of the Black Christians' HIV/AIDS Survey-Revised (BCHAS-R), which assists black Protestant congregations in the development of successful HIV ministries.
Dr. Coleman has also been successful in securing funding for several projects. She is currently a PI on the "Healthy Sistas and Healthy Brothers Initiative" project, sponsored by LTG Associates, Inc. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was also co-PI for the "Minority-Serving Institutions' HIV Prevention Sustainability Demonstration Initiative" (Status Matters: Empowering NCCU Women Against HIV), a $250,000 grant sponsored by the U.S. Office of HIV/AIDS Policy in collaboration with Abt Associates Inc. In 2008, she was awarded a $100,000 contract from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the "New Tools, New Visions 2" project. Which partnered four rural southern Georgia communities and nearby HBCUs to develop community-based participatory research infrastructures addressing environmental health or youth violence, health equity, and social justice. She is also a co-author of chapters in two books: Leisure, Health and Wellness: Making the Connections and Diversity Strategies and Methodologies. Additionally, Dr. Coleman has presented original works of research at several national annual meetings, including the American Public Health Association (APHA), American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), and the National HIV Prevention Conference.
Dr. Coleman serves as an active member in several public health and health education-focused organizations. She was inducted into the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honorary in 2003. Dr. Coleman has been a Chair and program planner on APHA's Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, served as a governing board member for the Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues, and is currently an At-Large member on the Board of Directors and program planner for the American Association for Health Education (AAHE)
In her spare time, Dr. Coleman enjoys traveling, swimming, engaging in mind-body health practices, crochet, and cuddling up with her rescued cats, Chili, Mistletoe, and Pepper.