December 2012

Sharese Porter (Urban Health) is the recipient of the 2011 NJ Society for Public Health Education (NJSOPHE) Academic Scholarship Award in recognition of academic excellence, professional experience and contribution to the field of public health education. The award was received during the NJSOPHE annual meeting on December 2, 2011.

She  has been member of the research team led by Dr. Naa Oyo Kwate, Associate Professor of Human Ecology and Africana Studies and Director of the “RNA” Lab at Rutgers University. “RNA”, which stands for Race, Neighborhood, and African Americans, describes the scope of emerging research on the relationship between race and neighborhood effects on health.  This research uses several methods which include Systematic Social Observation and GIS mapping. As part of a larger National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research project initiated by Dr. Kwate, the Black Life (Linking Inequality, Feelings, and the Environment) Study, Dr. Kwate explores how racism, such as institutional racism, becomes embodied and what can be done to ameliorate the effects on health. Information about these studies can be found at

Recent Publication

Porter, S. N.  and Pacquiao, D. F.(August, 2011).  The social and cultural construction of depression among African American women.  UPNAA International Nursing Journal, 7(1).

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