Dr. Pamela Payne Foster Making African American Health a Priority
Dr. Pamela Payne Foster
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Dr. Pamela Payne Foster is a Preventive Medicine/Public Health physician. She currently serves as a Professor in the Community and Rural Department at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa campus, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Rural Health Research. Dr. Foster’s current research area of interest is the study of HIV/AIDS related stigma in rural African Americans in Alabama, particularly in faith-based settings in rural Alabama. Other areas of expertise include health disparities in diabetes, lupus and bioethics.
Dr. Foster received her BS degree in Chemistry Pre-Medicine from Xavier University in Louisiana and her MS in Biomedical Sciences and MD from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed an Internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also completed her MPH at Columbia University. She has served on the faculty of various institutions, including Morehouse School of Medicine, George Washington University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the National Bioethics Center for Health Care and Research at Tuskegee University.
Dr. Foster also works as a health activist, particularly around health equity issues in the Deep rural South, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, lupus, and violence prevention as Co-Leader of Tuscaloosa County Moms Demand Action and the Poor People’s Campaign. She and her husband, William Foster Jr., founded a nonprofit, AframSouth Inc., that addresses several health disparity issues and youth and family development in African American families. She is also the author of two books, “Is there a balm in Black America” and “Practicing Prevention,” which incorporate holistic approaches to dealing with health disparities
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