CHC Leadership & Staff

 Center Director

Dr. Errol Crook, Director-Principal Investigator (PI), Director of Administrative Core
Professor/Chair, Internal Medicine, USA College of Medicine
Phone: (251)-471-7900
Fax: (251)-414-8009

Dr. Errol Crook is the Director of the Center for Healthy Communities and PI of the CHC’s National Center of Excellence Grant from the NIH's National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. 

In addition to his work with the CHC, Dr. Crook is the Abraham A. Mitchell Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine.  A native of Monroeville, Alabama, Dr. Crook received his BA from Yale College and his MD from the Columbia College of Physician and Surgeons in New York.  He trained in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Alabama - Birmingham Hospitals.  After completing his training he joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  During his last year in Mississippi he served as Interim Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center.  Prior to moving to Mobile in June 2005, Dr. Crook was on faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine / Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI.  He served as served as Chief of Medicine at Harper University Hospital from 2001 to 2005 and as Acting Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine from March 2004 to June 2005.  Dr. Crook is Past-President of the American Federation for Medical Research and is a member of several scientific organizations and editorial boards.

Dr. Crook's research focus has been in diabetes and diabetic renal disease with a special interest in hypertension and cardiovascular disease in this population and with a focus in the area of health disparities.  He has several scientific publications in both the basic science and clinical research arenas and has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the VA, and NIH.  

Research Core Leadership

Dr. Martha Arrieta, Associate Director, Director of Research Core
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, USA College of Medicine
Phone: (251) 414-6488
Fax: (251) 414-8009


Dr. Martha Arrieta has been the Director of the Research Core and the Director of Research at the Center for Healthy Communities since 2006. She studied medicine at San Agustin National University in Arequipa, Peru and then moved to Florida to train in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Florida. Dr. Arrieta held several faculty positions in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at South Florida between 1991 and 2001, in addition to being a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

After moving to Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Arrieta joined the Mobile County Board of Health, where she has been the Consultant for Surveillance and Bioterrorism since 2003. Dr. Arrieta served as the Associate Director for the Center for Healthy Communities for two years before stepping in as Director of Research. Her past interests in research and publications have included health characteristics of agricultural workforces, cancer among migrant and seasonal farm workers, osteoarthritis, and cardiovascular disease. 

Research Core Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Kenneth Hudson, PI for Research Project, Associate Professor of Sociology

Community Outreach Core Leadership

Dr. Roma Hanks, Co-Core Director-Community Outreach,

Roma Stovall Hanks, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at the University of South Alabama (USA) and Director, USA Programs in Gerontology. She is Community Engagement Core Co-Director for the USA Center for Healthy Communities-Center of Excellence, funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Hanks serves nationally on the Academic Program Development Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE); the AGHE Subcommittee for Intergenerational Research and Learning; and the task Force for Interest Groups of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She has served as Vice-President of the Delaware Gerontological Society and President of the Alabama Gerontological Society.

Dr. Hanks is an active participant in professional review and publication in the field of aging and intergenerational studies, having reviewed articles for Educational Gerontology and served on the editorial boards of Marriage and Family Review and the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. In addition to her work in social gerontology, Dr. Hanks is active in research and program evaluation in health-related projects. As an Associate Investigator of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI), Dr. Hanks is currently Principal Investigator for the 2008-2009 Health Initiative, a partnership between the MCI and the Community Foundation of South Alabama.  Her recent research includes life history analysis of women in jail, exploration of cancer-related myths, and investigation of social networks and social support to prevent and manage illness.


Bryanna Diaz, Secretary IV

Marcellus Hudson, Research data Mgt Assistant

Lynette Parker, Research Assistant II

Naima Parsons-Wells, Research Coordinator

Candis Patterson, Navigation Coordinator

Bridget K. Robinson, Project Manager

Mary Williams, Community Outreach Coordinator

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