La Salle University professor Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, was named a “2015 Black History Month Gamechanger” by KYW Newsradio and CBSPhilly for her “ground-breaking work in HIV/AIDS research.”
“I am truly honored that I was even nominated for this, let alone to have been selected,” said Baker. “I hope that it will bring attention for the continual need for HIV prevention programs in our community.”
Baker, who is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the department of Urban Public Health & Nutrition at La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, is in the last year of a Diversity Investigator Supplement Award funded by the National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development. The goal of this supplement award is to foster Baker’s independent research abilities in HIV/STI prevention research.
“My research has assessed the feasibility of developing and implementing a sexual risk communication intervention program for African American fathers or father figures and adolescent sons,” she said. “For the elicitation research phase of my project, six focus groups were conducted with thirty African American father-son pairs. Participants were recruited from referrals via barbershops, community based organizations, and clinics.” All focus groups were held at a barbershop in West Philadelphia.
“The groups provided a deeper understanding of the factors that facilitated or hindered father-son sexual risk communication and how this communication influences sexual beliefs and behaviors of male youth,” said Baker. “I’m now analyzing the data from those focus groups.”
Baker holds her doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention. She is also a trained community mental health counselor with a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. from Temple University. She completed one year of postdoctoral training at the National Center on Fathers and Families at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools (60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.