Director – Susan L. Mayfield-Johnson, PhD, MCHES
Dr. Mayfield-Johnson is a visiting assistant professor for the Department of Public Health and the director of the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (CSHO) at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has extensive experience working with community health workers (CHW), racially diverse and underserved populations, health disparities, and research designs.
She has a strong commitment to community engagement in public health educational programs and practice in participatory action research for improving community health. She believes that people are the locus of community health determinants and solutions, and is dedicated to ensuring that all citizens are at the center of all community discussions and participate in the decision-making process on how to improve the health and well-being of local residents.
Dr. Mayfield-Johnson has an established record as a community-engaged researcher. As PI, she has received funding from the NCI, HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Delta Health Alliance, Mississippi State Department of Health, District of Columbia Area Health Education Center, and the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Mayfield-Johnson has maintained active participation in the field of CHWs through service to the Executive Council for the American Public Health Association (APHA) CHW Section. She was recently selected as one of ten Master Trainers through the US Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Women’s Health for the Women’s Health Leadership Institute Program – a CHW best practice training program.