Diet and Physical Activity – Brook Harmon, PhD, RD – University of Memphis


In a study with college students, we found they believe family members were highly influential;  especially for physical activity, while their significant other affected diet choices.

Dr. Brook Harmon is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Memphis School of Public Health. Her research focuses on community-based participatory research, nutrition and physical activity behavior change; and obesity and chronic disease prevention. Dr. Harmon utilizes the application of community-based participatory research practices to examine the role of the faith-based community in the development and implementation of health and disease prevention programs. Much of her work includes partnering with African-American churches to promote health through culinary and physical activity skills training as well as research on leadership and environmental factors that influence healthy behaviors. She is also a registered dietitian and holds a certificate in gerontology. Before earning her doctorate, she served as the Director of Dietary Interventions for nearly 6 years at the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of South Carolina. Learn more about Dr. Brook Harmon here.

Health Care Systems – Erik Carlton, DrPH, MS – University of Memphis


We’re finding that nonprofit hospitals are increasingly involving health departments in their community health improvement plans. As many as two-thirds of local health departments may be working with nonprofit hospitals to improve community health.

Dr. Erik Carlton is an Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management and Policy and Director of the Master of Health Administration program at The University of Memphis School of Public Health.  His current research focuses on public health and health care leadership, the integration of public health and primary care systems, and integrating behavioral health into health care and public health systems. He teaches the healthcare management leadership, population health management, healthcare quality and outcomes, and health policy and the organization of health systems courses for the School of Public Health. Dr. Carlton holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Services Management and a Master of Science degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, both from the University of Kentucky. Learn more about Dr. Erik Carlton here.