Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Adjunct Professor

Public Health Focus/Interests:
Dr. Dixon’s research is focused on women’s reproductive and sexual health, with particular emphasis on certain reproductive issues in Black women, specifically the areas of uterine fibroids and infertility. She has also focused on fertility rights and options for those with HIV/AIDS and other minority groups with a sub-focus in health literacy and cultural competency.

Education:

Doctor of Public Health, Management Policy and Community Health, 2014
University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX

Master of Public Health, 2010
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Physiology, 2005
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

 

 

Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 805: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

 

Professional Experience/Expertise:

Community health

Behavioral health

Health policy

Diverse community settings that serve a population with low health literacy

Reproductive health/sexual health

Health literacy

Evaluation

 

Professional Activities or Current Research:

State Innovation Model (SIM) Analytics and Evaluation Coordinator

Health Literacy Innovation Project                                          

Dixon (PI)            5/2015-present

Evaluating and implementing health literacy improvement plans within organizations and universities, and working on policy regarding making health literacy more important in the state, similar to what is being done in Maryland and California. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will conduct health literacy trainings and conferences, and provide continued education opportunities for all health care professionals in Michigan. Currently pilot testing a course at Michigan State University and William Beaumont School of Medicine at Oakland University in Michigan. One trial was done with the residency program at Beaumont and was evaluated to see how it could be improve. More trainings will happen starting in 2016. Currently seeking funding to conduct health literacy conferences for the state. I am working on a project to provide continuing nursing education credit (CNE) with University of Michigan. We already conducted a webinar on health literacy for the overall school of public health and now want to focus more on nurses. I am also heading up a Statewide Health Literacy group to address the needs of the state.

GRANT ACTIVITY

Co-Principal Investigator -Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R21) (2015)

Grant Reviewer-Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces (2014 & 2015)

Grant Reviewer-Peer Review for Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth and Young Adults (HIV-CBI, SP-15-005) (2015)

Graduate Research Assistant-FIMDM Research Grant 0169-1            

5/15/2010-5/14/12

Using Multimedia Approaches to Communicate Probabilities in Patient Decision Aids for Low-Literacy Populations (Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making)

Goal: To develop and test multimedia risk communication modules for patients with low health literacy.

Graduate Research Assistant R21 CA132669                                      

9/1/09-8/31/12

Promoting Health Literacy for Colorectal Cancer Screening (National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute)

Goal: To develop and test the feasibility of an entertainment-based decision aid for colorectal cancer screening.

 

Recent Publications, Presentations (2010 to present):

Attention to Social Disadvantage in Cancer-Related Patient Decision Aids      

Dixon (PI)      01/2012-2016

Critical systematic review of U.S. randomized controlled trials.

Decision Support Tools for Women to Make Decisions Regarding Reproductive Health Problems              

Dixon (PI)            03/2014-11/2014

Conducted a systematic review of current decision aids for women’s reproductive and sexual health problems related to uterine fibroids.

Black Women’s Norms, Beliefs and Attitudes     

Dixon (PI)            03/2014-11/2014

This study assessed the norms, beliefs and attitudes of Black women with uterine fibroids, using the Theory of Planned Behavior. The study also explored the impact of knowledge of fibroids on these constructs as well as potential decisional regret regarding treatment and quality-of-life decisions women make in dealing with their disease. Conducted focus group interviews with Black women with uterine fibroids or who had uterine fibroids.

Pilot Testing Uterine Fibroid Survey        

Dixon (PI)            03/2014-11/2014

The overall objective of this study was to develop and pilot test a knowledge survey using questions based on the Theory of Planned Behavior for black women with uterine fibroids.

DIMDM Research Grant 0169-1                

Volk (PI)               05/15/2010-05/14/2012

Using Multimedia Approaches to Communicate Probabilities in Patient Decision Aids for Low-Literacy Populations (Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making)

Goal: To develop and test multimedia risk communication modules for patients with low health literacy.

R21 CA132669                   

Volk (PI)               09/01/2009-08/31/2012

Promoting Health Literacy for Colorectal Cancer Screening (National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute)

Goal: To develop and test the feasibility of an entertainment-based decision aid for colorectal cancer screening.

2014 PRSH first place poster presentation at APHA

2015 poster presentation at APHA



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