Date & Time: 

Thursday, April 11, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 PM EDT


The purpose of the HBCU coalition meeting is to serve as a gathering space for members to share their experiences and expertise in relation to the chosen topic. It is an opportunity for group members to share and engage in stimulating conversations, network, share challenges and successes with one another, and use what they learn to take back to their institutions and apply within their communities.

This month’s Coalition meeting will focus on “How HBCUs are Shaping the Future of Health through Funding and Workforce Development.” Attendees had the opportunity to hear from expert panelists who have had success with said topic and learn how other institutions are addressing stacking credentials and workforce development. They get to engage in breakout sessions, and participate in in-depth conversations that discuss the successes and challenges of funding and workforce development.

Participants heard from subject matter experts through pop up presentations, had opportunities to share their own experiences and expertise in breakout sessions and had the opportunity to network throughout the session. 

We are committed to creating a safe space for our HBCU Coalition Members and politely ask that all who register to attend this meeting are currently working at an HBCU or work closely with HBCUs. This will allow meeting participants to engage in deeper discussions about their unique challenges and needs and help folks foster community



Quotes from the Session

Responsive Health Programming: “Based on our mission, our location, the history, the rich history of Central State, our current students, programming and partnerships, we are uniquely positioned to develop and deliver allied and public health programs aimed at health equity because we can produce graduates who are culturally respectful and responsive.” – Bobbie Bowling, MBA, CRA

Relationships: “Begin by building relationships, making sure you have members that are diverse at the table and then we will make sure you are networking and creating community.” – Sharita Wallace, PhD, MBA, MA.ED

Workforce Pipeline: “We need more outreach. There is a shortage in nurses. There is a shortage in Black physicians. So every person that we can get a job for community health workers and STNA (state tested nurse aide) and associate RN (registered nurse) and LPN (licensed practical nurse), they’re going to expand the workforce and give more and more people the opportunity to be seen and to be heard.” – Connie Helmuth, FNP, MSN

Stackable Credentials: “All of these stackable programs allow us [CHWs in partnership with other clinicians] to lean on each other and build on each other and become stronger… I like to think about the little Tetris game where all the pieces fit together… and before long you have a community built where you have all different people building together to create something beautiful [for the patient]” – Connie Helmuth, FNP, MSN

Speakers from Central State University

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Bobbie Bowling, MBA, CRA
Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration


Ms. Bobbie Bowling, Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration, joined Central State University (CSU) in 2021. She has held a variety of research administration and finance positions in federal and non-federal institutions of higher education throughout her career. Before her arrival at CSU, she was the Director in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where her team managed a wide-range of research and specialized education projects. She also served as a member of the Special Emphasis Program, working to remove barriers to equal employment opportunities. Before her federal service, she spent nearly 15 years at The Ohio State University working in research and finance positions. She received her MBA from Ohio Dominican and is a Certified Research Administrator.

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Dr. Sharita Wallace, Ph.D, MBA, MA.ED
Senior Pre-Award Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs & Research


Dr. Wallace recently joined Central State University’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Research as a pre-award administrator.  She is a 1995 graduate of Central State with a double major in  marketing and management and has a strong background in Federal marketing. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration from Northcentral University. She finds viewing grants and proposals from the prospective of HBCU rewarding.

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Connie Helmuth, FNP, MSN
Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner


Ms. Helmuth is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She began her career in health care at age 16 by working as an STNA. In 1997 she earned her associate degree as an RN. She returned to school in 2012 to earn her BSN, but she did not stop there. She went on to earn her MSN with a specialty in family health that encompasses all age groups. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She believes in holistic care and promoting healthy lifestyles. She has extensive clinical experience in both the hospital and in extended care facilities. She has used these experiences to mentor others in the field of healthcare. She has taught young adults to become STNAs, MAs, RNs, and NPs and understands the curricular building blocks for these programs.

Connie’s motto is “Empowerment through Education.” This makes Central State a perfect place for her to work as a nurse practitioner. Choosing to work at CSU allows her to continue to provide quality healthcare, while still promoting the importance of a first-class education.


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Karen Mathews, PhD
Executive Director of Health & Psychological Services


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Angela Franklin, MDiv
Engagement Lead, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health