Christina Yongue, MPH, MCHES

Promoting Health, Engaging Communities, Changing Lives

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Christina Yongue, MPH, MCHES

Where Classroom Education and Community Activism Meet

 

Professor Christina Yongue is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Public Health Education Department and she teaches several courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but what really sets her apart is her involvement in the Greensboro community.  She is active in working to achieve racial equity, especially in healthcare.

Black or African American communities continue to experience racial disparities; particularly in breast and lung cancer death rates (even after access to healthcare is provided equally to all racial racial groups) 1 .  They also are more likely to experience environmental racism in historically segregated neighborhoods which negatively impacts population health as a whole  2.  These are issues that are close to Professor Yongue’s heart, and a driving force behind her work in the community.  Through this passion, she has worked very closely with:

  • Sister’s Network
    Yongue helped found the Greensboro chapter, which has been newly classified as 501c3 organization.  Sister’s Network works to increase the rates of breast cancer screening, specifically in African American women.  They focus a great deal on raising awareness of the importance of screening, but that is not all that they do.  Through local community partners, they provide opportunities for reduced cost of screenings.
  • People of Color Caucus: Anti-Racism
    The Anti Racism People of Color Caucus is a subcommittee of the Guilford Anti Racism Alliance (GARA) that provides opportunities for people to be trained in racial equity.  The Anti Racism People of Color Caucus also serves as an open space for members to discuss how to combat racism, along with discussing progress that has been made.  The group meets individually and with other subcommittees to decide what steps should be made in the Greensboro community to overcome racism.
  • Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative
    Christina Yongue was hired by the Greensboro Health Disparities collaborative in 2007 as a project coordinator for the Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study, also known as CCARES.  This study was community-based participatory research exploring health factors in local healthcare systems.  This project was specifically exploratory and was funded by the NIH.  After CCARES, the collaborative also began the Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity, also known as ACCURE.  This is an intervention research trial focused on breast and lung cancer that aims to change healthcare procedures, impacting equity.  The idea behind this trial is that system changes can improve the healthcare system for everybody.
  • Renaissance Community Co-op
    The Renaissance Community Co-op is a unique grocery store in northeast Greensboro.  In opening where it did, the co-op filled a food desert.  Christina Yongue was early to contribute as a member owner, and was elected to the Board of Directors in January.  The Renaissance Community Co-op hosts events within their community and provides affordable, quality groceries to the community.

In addition to her work with the above organizations, and with the help of other colleagues in this Department and in the School of Nursing, Christina Yongue  led as the principal investigator for developing problem-based case study module for health profession students.  This idea was inspired partially by Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative and partially by Renaissance Community Co-op.  The project was funded to develop case studies about social determinants of health and how to improve upon them, with the ultimate goal of learning from the case studies.  This project began in 2017 and took six months to complete.

She also supports the missions of Black Lives Matter, Black Girls and Women Matter Town Hall, and Citizens for Economic and Environmental Justice, and is raising two daughters.  Christina Yongue adds immeasurably to our program and to our community, and is a shining example of how to be an active public health educator in your community.

References:

  1. Smedley, B. D., Stith, A. Y., Nelson, A. R., & Institute of Medicine (U.S.). (2003). Unequal treatment: Confronting racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Washington, D.C: National Academies Press.
  2. Chakraborty, J., Maantay, J. A., & Brender, J. D. (January 01, 2011). Disproportionate proximity to environmental health hazards: methods, models, and measurement. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 27-36.