Dr. J. Aaron Johnson has been named Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) at Augusta University. Dr. Johnson has been serving as Interim Director since 2017.
We are appreciative of Dr. Johnson’s willingness to step in and lead the IPPH during a period of transition, said Dr. Michael Diamond, Senior Vice President of Research at Augusta University. In addition to serving in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Johnson is an associate professor in the university’s Department of Psychological Sciences and School of Graduate Studies. For over 17 years, he has maintained funding for health services research, primarily in the area of substance abuse interventions and treatment. He currently holds funding of approximately $7.5 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Library of Medicine and various sub-awards with the University of Georgia and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Johnson also serves as Vice Chair of the Institutional Review Board (Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Augusta University, is Evaluation Chair for the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, and is on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Substance Abuse Research alliance. His research has garnered him numerous awards and his work has been featured in several peer-reviewed publications including The American Surgeon, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, and the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Presbyterian College and earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Johnson was featured in the Georgia Public Broadcasting Midday News, October 25, 2018 "New Program Helps Released Inmates Overcome Substance Use Disorders"
Dr. Johnson was featured in the article "Helping those most hurt, and neglected, by the opioid crisis"
Dr. William B. Strong, director of Augusta University’s Center for Bioethics and Health Policy, received the Professionalism Award during Dean Hess’s annual State of the College Address Sept. 21.
Congratulations Dr. Strong!
Dr. Michael J. Vitacco, forensic psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University was featured in an article in Jagwire
Dr. Johnson was featured in a Jagwire article on the project titled "SBIRT Initiative for Georgia's Rural and Underserved Populations (SIGRUP)
Principal Investigator Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director and Associate Professor with IPPH, was recently awarded a new 5 year, $5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The project titled "SBIRT Initiative for Georgia's Rural and Underserved Populations (SIGRUP)" aims to implement screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment services for patients in rural and underserved primary care and community health settings for substance misuses and substance use disorders. Congratulations!
Two of IPPH's 2018 summer scholars, Nicollette Lewis, M.D. Candidate, Class of 2021 and Zach Hoffman, M.S. in Experimental Psychology each had a poster accepted for the 2018 State of the Public's Health Conference held by the University of Georgia. Nicollette's poster is titled "Trends and Sociodemographic Factors associated with FOBT Utilization for Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Adults in Georgia" and Zach's poster is titled "Disparities in the Utilization of Colonoscopy/Sigmoidoscopy for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Georgia." Congratulations!
Principal Investigator Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director and Associate Professor with IPPH, was recently awarded a new 5 year, $2.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The project titled "Augusta Area Comprehensive Offender Reentry Program (AACORP)" aims to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and related recovery/reentry services to male and female adult offenders with SUDs transitioning into communities within Georgia's East Central Public Health District. Congratulations!
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, will present posters titled "Impact of addiction experience on
confidence in and attitudes toward alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI):
Can SBI training eliminate observed differences?" and "Nursing Students’ Knowledge
and Attitudes Related to Alcohol Use" at the 41st Annual Research Society on Alcoholism
(RSA) Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Becky Stone, Assistant Professor, will present a poster titled "Telemedicine Increases Access to Medical Care for Children Living with Sickle Cell Disease in Rural Georgia and Expansion of Hydroxyurea Therapy and Genetic Education." at the 12th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium in Washington, DC.
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Ms. Katherine Covington will present a poster titled "Impact of SBI training on health professional students’ knowledge and confidence in addressing unhealthy substance use" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 80th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Ms. Gail Kouame presented "Using Secure Tablet Technology to Assess the Health Information Needs of Incarcerated Persons" at the Medical Library Association's (MLA) 118th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Atlanta, GA.
AJC - Binge drinking, risks common far beyond frat houses and the young | "When it comes to binge drinking, a little knowledge often goes a long way. J. Aaron Johnson, interim director at the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University, said simply knowing the definition of safe drinking limits can lead to a reduction in drinking. Johnson, an expert in substance abuse prevention and treatment provided the following four tips to avoid binge drinking: ...". READ MORE
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Ms. Gail Kouame presented "Using Secure Tablet Technology to Assess the Health Information Needs of Incarcerated Persons" at the 11th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health (ACCJH) in Houston, TX.
JAGWIRE | Applications are now open for IPPH Summer Public Health Scholars program, a 10-week funded internship designed for all graduate or medical students interested in pursuing a career in public health or related field. Scholars will attend weekly seminars/lectures and work closely with IPPH faculty on existing or planned research on a specific public health issue. LEARN MORE
Dr. Madison Gates, Assistant Professor, will present "Addressing the Treatment of Transgender Offenders in Corrections" at the American Correctional Association (ACA) 2018 winter conference in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Madison Gates, Assistant Professor, was invited to present his work on "Varying Disease Patterns, Based on Education Level, for Recently Incarcerated Populations ≥ 50 Years of Age," "Racial Differences for Visual Impairments in Incarcerated Populations," and "Statin and Aspirin Use in Offenders at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease" at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) conference in Montreal, Quebec.
Dr. Wonsuk Yoo, Associate Professor, was invited to present a poster titled "Disparities and characteristics on patterns of breast cancer mortality trends among the US Counties, 1990-2015" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Benjamin Ansa, Senior Research Associate, was invited to present his work on "Disparities in sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy utilization trends for colorectal cancer screening in Georgia: 1997-2014" and "Incidence and survival trends of colorectal cancer based on Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, 1999 to 2013" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA.
Yunmi Chung, Public Health Analyst, was invited to present a poster titled "Are pregnant women in the United States getting the recommended amounts of exercise?" at the American Public Health Association (APHA) conference in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, was invited to present a poster titled "Advanced practice registered nurse performance of screening and brief intervention after graduation" at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, and Katherine Covington, IPPH Summer Scholar, were invited to present a poster titled "Effectiveness of a recovery support app for parolee substance use: Study design and baseline data from a randomized controlled trial" at the 2017 Addiction Health Services Research Conference (AHSR) in Madison, WI.
Dr. Becky Stone, IPPH Associate professor, was invited to present a poster titled "Syphilis Rates and Trends in the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia" at the 2017 State of Public's Health (SoPH) Conference in Athens, GA.
Katherine Covington, IPPH Summer Scholar, and Benjamin Ansa, IPPH Senior Research Associate, presented "Determinants of Adherence to Physical Activity Guidelines among Adults with and without Diabetes" at the 2017 SoPH Conference in Athens, GA.
Dr. Aaron Johnson, IPPH Interim Director, was awarded $300,000 from the National Library of Medicine for his project Promoting Health Literacy and Improved Self-Care Management of Incarcerated Populations Using Secure Tablet Technology. Congratulations!
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, was invited to present a poster titled "Assessing the impact of mode of delivery and training hours on screening and brief intervention proficiency using a web-based simulated patient" at the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs (INEBRIA) 2017 meeting in New York, NY
Dr. Vivian Dicks, Assistant Professor, will be at SUNY Downstate Medical Center this July participating in PRIDE-CVD (Program to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Cardiovascular Health-Related Research), a two year fellowship program funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Dr. Aaron Johnson, Interim Director, was invited to present a poster titled "Baseline attitudes toward addressing patient drug use: differences across health professional training program" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 79th Annual Scientific Meeting in Montréal, Canada.
Yunmi Chung, Public Health Analyst, was invited to present a poster titled "Drinking patterns among health professionals and impact on attitudes toward addressing alcohol use" at the 40th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting in Dever, Colorado.