Congratulations Michael!!

GREMAP member Michael Trujillo will be graduating from VCU this spring with his doctorate in Health Psychology. After graduation, Michael will do a post-doctoral fellowship at the university of California San Francisco working with Nancy Adler, one of the worlds experts in stress and disparities.

Congratulations Michael!!

Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research to host symposium in May

The Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) will be hosting their annual symposium May 10, 2018, from 9 AM to 1 PM. The symposium will be held in the lower level of the dining area in building 18 of the North Campus Research Complex (2800 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor, MI). The symposium will include talks, a poster session, and a buffet lunch.

For more information about the symposium, or to submit an application to present at the poster section, please visit the MCDTR website.

Joshua Montgomery graduates!!


GREMAP is excited to launch another alumni into the world!

Josh Montgomery, MPH graduated this semester (he is shown here with VCU Graduate Program Directors Dr. Saba Masho and Jordyn Wallenborn, PhD graduate).

His capstone, “Evaluation of characteristics associated with weight loss in the Richmond YMCA Diabetes Control Program,” used community-based participatory research principles and a mixed-methods approach to examine the correlates of weight change in a local diabetes self-management program.

Congrats Josh!!!




Joshua Montgomery and Jana Smith co-present at APHA

MPH student Joshua Montgomery and Jana Smith, Association Director of Community Health at the YMCA of Greater Richmond, co-presented at the 2017 American Public Health Association annual meeting as part of a panel on “Participatory Approaches to Address Social Disparities and Social Determinants of Health.” Their talk was titled “Leveraging community strengths to address social disparities in diabetes care” and discussed on ongoing collaboration around the YMCA’s Diabetes Control Program. Congrats team!


Dr. Mezuk to be part of a team studying interaction between doctors and black patients with diabetes

An interdisciplinary team, lead by Dr. Nao Hagiwara at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been awarded a 1.7 million dollar grant to study interactions between doctors and black patients with diabetes. The team has members with expertise in many different fields, including GREMAP’s own Dr. Briana Mezuk. This will allow them to study this subject with a variety of methods and approaches to reach a deeper understanding. The team hopes that this research will produce findings that can help to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health.

GREMAP presents at American Diabetes Association conference

GREMAP was proud to present at the 2017 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in sunny (and still classy) San Diego, California.

Dr. Briana Mezuk, MPH-student Josh Montgomery, and Mr. William Thornton, Wellness Director at the YMCA of Greater Richmond, all presented on our ongoing research collaboration to improve diabetes self-management in the Richmond area. We were joined by GREMAP alum Dr. Jeannie Concha, who is now leading her own community-engaged diabetes research at UTEP in El Paso, Texas.

GREMAP members with ADA poster