Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute




Dr. Barbara J. Haile


Barbara J. Haile is a tenured Associate Professor and coordinator of the social policy sequence for the Master’s Program in social work at Florida A&M University.  She received her B.A. at the University of Kentucky; M.A. in sociology at Indiana University; M.S.W. at Howard University; and D.S.W. at the University of Pennsylvania.  The recipient of a Senior Congressional Fellowship, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives in two capacities:  the Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation, preparing briefing documents for Congressional hearings; and in the office of a U.S. Congressman, tracking and analyzing legislative initiatives in health care, poverty, and human services.  She also has extensive experience in higher education, administration, and policy practice.



Dr. Haile’s teaching areas are social policy, HIV/AIDS, social work practice in health care, and dynamics of oppression.  Her current research interests focus on health disparities relative to HIV/AIDS, in both the American and South African contexts; gerontology; and the role of social workers in bringing about policy changes in systems of health care and social services.  She has conducted research, published, and presented scholarly papers in these areas.  In 2002, she had the opportunity to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend an A.M.E. Church-led Annual Conference, where one of the issues under discussion was HIV/AIDS.  Two of her most recent accomplishments include:  a book chapter entitled:  A different look through the lens of oppression:  African American women and HIV/AIDS, in H. Jackson-Lowman (Ed.), Afrikan American women:  Living at the crossroads of race, gender, class, and culture; and selection as a 2013-2014 Faculty Scholar by the Geriatric Education Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Over the course of the year-long program, she will further her research and curriculum development in gerontology and geriatrics through examining the relationships between health literacy, ethno-geriatrics, health policy, and the quality of care provided to older adults.


Dr. Haile has been active at the community level working with agencies in the planning and delivery of health care services to underserved populations.  One of her passions is to decrease the incidence of HIV among African Americans, particularly women, through family and community education.  To that end, she has conducted research and prevention education with African American women age 50 and older.  She holds membership on the Leon County Capital Coalition for Health, and its Subcommittee on Health Disparities, which is focused on infant mortality and HIV/AIDS; until recently, Sistas Organizing to Survive, a state-wide advisory committee to the Florida Department of Health that provided guidance to the Bureau of HIV/AIDS staff on prevention and intervention initiatives for Black women; and a past participant in projects that address obesity and diabetes with the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council.  She was recently able to make health messaging a part of a 2012 Kwanzaa Program in Tallahassee.  At the national level, she is a Volunteer Consultant with the Behavioral and Social Science Program of the American Psychological Association.  In this capacity, she lends assistance to community-based organizations and health departments in planning and implementing HIV programs.







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