Selected Publications

publicationsFaculty within the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health are active and frequent contributors to their respective areas of scholarly interest.  Below are selected publications which our faculty have authored or contributed to.

Joedrecka S. Brown Speights, MD

Invited Journal Articles
Harrison, S. L., Atkinson, H. G., Newman, C. B., Leavell, Y. L., Miller, D., Brown, C., Brown Speights, J. S., Patel, P., & Titchen, K. (2014). Position Paper on the Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in the United States. American Medical Women's Association, 1-14. doi: 05/2014. Retrieved from

Refereed Journal Articles
Brown Speights, J. S., Nowakowski, A., De Leon, J., Mitchell, M. M., & Simpson, I. Engaging African American women in research: an approach to eliminate health disparities in the African American community. Fam Pract 2017 June; 34(3):322-329. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx026. Retrieved from

Chen F.M., Overstreet F., Cole A. , Kost A., Brown Speights J.S. Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Curricula in US Medical Schools: A CERA Study. PRiMER. 2017 June; 1:6. doi: 10.22454/PRiMER.2017.1.6. Retrieved from

Brown Speights, J.S., Goldfarb, S.S., Wells, B.A., Beitsch, L., Levine, R.S., Rust, G. State-Level Progress in Reducing the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap, 1999-2013. AmJ Public Health. 2017 May;107(5):775–782. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303689
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Rodgers, D.V., Wendling, A.L., Saba, G.W., Mahoney, M.R., Brown Speights, J.S. Preparing Family Physicians to Care for Underserved Populations: A Historical Perspective. Family Medicine. 2017 Apr;49(4):304-310. Retrieved from

Brown Speights, J. S., Mitchell, M. M., Nowakowski, A., De Leon, J., & Simpson, I. (2015). Exploring the Cultural and Social Context of Black Infant Mortality. Practicing Anthropology, 37(4):33-37. Retrieved from

White-Davis, T., Edgoose, J., Brown Speights, J. S., Fraser, K., Ring, J., & Saba, G. W.
(2018). Addressing racism and health inequities in medical education: Developing an interactive training module. Family Medicine. Retrieved from

Articles for Atlantic Fellows
Preparing Family Physicians to Care for Underserved Populations: A Historical Perspective. Retrieved from

State-Level Progress in Reducing the Black-White Infant Mortality Gap, United States, 1999-2013. Retrieved from

Engaging African American Women in Research: An Approach to Eliminate Health Disparities in the African American Community. Retrieved from

Creating Health Equity Curricula. Retrieved from

Addressing Racism in Medical Education An Interactive Training Module. Retrieved from

Pocket of progress amidst persistent racial disparities in low birthweight rates. Retrieved from

Exploring the Cultural and Social Context of Black Infant Mortality. Retrieved from

Refereed Books
Ferdinand AO, Johnson L, Brown Speights J.S., et al. Access to Quality Health Services in Rural Areas – Primary Care: A Literature Review. In: Bolin JN, Bellamy G, Ferdinand AO, et al. eds. Rural Healthy People 2020: Volume 1. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center; 2015:13-24.

Invited Book Chapters
Brown Speights, J. S., & South-Paul, J. E. Will There Ever Be Another Tuskegee? In Valire C. Copeland (Ed.), People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health and Immigration. Volume 4 Health and Wellness. Greenwood: Santa Barbara. 2016

Non-refereed Reports
Brown, J. (2012). Stroke Awareness. Florida Academy of Family Physicians eBYTES.

Tana Jean Welch, PhD

Welch, T.J. (2017) "Language, Matter, Movement: Dynamic Community in Cathy Park Hong's Dance Dance Revolution," published in Community Boundaries and Border Crossings by Ethnic Women Writers: Critical Essays. Ed. Kristen Lillvis, Molly Fuller, and Robert Miltner. Lexington.

Welch, T.J. & Harrison S. (2016) "Teaching Medicine Through the Study of Literature: Implementing a Fourth-Year Distance Learning Elective," Academic Medicine 91(3).

Welch, T.J (2015) "Don't Let Me Be Lonely: The Trans-Corporeal Ethics of Claudia Rankine's Investigative Poetics," Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 40(1).

Welch, T.J. (2014) "Entangled Species: The Inclusive Posthumanist Ecopoetics of Juliana Spahr," The Journal of Ecocriticism 6(1). 

Rodriguez, J., Welch, T.J., & Edwards, J. (2012) "Impact of a creative arts journal on a medical school community: A qualitative study," The Journal of Poetry Therapy 25(4):197-204.

Charles Fleischer, MD

Fleischer, M.D. (2022), Anand “Sunny” Narayanan, Ph.D, Genevieve Patrick, Madison Leonard, Michelle Flohr, M.S., Nicole Sangha, M.P.H., Adrian A.Torres and Brooke Hartenstein, M.S. “Prevalence of Self-Reported Dermatologic Symptoms Among Farmers Living in Gracias a Dios, Honduras” in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.