Date & Time: 

Thursday, February 8, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 PM EDT


The HBCU Health Coalition is a national network of leaders from HBCUs working to advance health equity through community engagement and community-engaged research. In this inaugural session of 2024, the Coalition will be discussing cutting-edge practices that HBCUs are using to promote health through research, student services, community engagement, and workforce development. 

Join us for this online in-depth discussion, co-learning, and networking with peers from across the country.

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



Karen Mathews, MD, MHA, FAAFP

Karen Mathews, MD, MHA, FAAFP
Executive Director of Health & Psychological Services
Central State University

Dr. Karen Mathews is a board-certified family physician with 35+ years of experience.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Health and Psychological Services at Central State University and in this role is responsible for the daily operations of a health and wellness center. She uses the multiple dimensions of wellness model to create a holistic environment for healing and contributes to programming designed to create informed, empowered young adults.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Health Administration degree from Ohio University, and an MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She enjoyed a 26-year Air Force career during which she held clinical, teaching, administrative and command assignments.

Dr. Mathews has numerous professional affiliations, including the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American College Health Association and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She has given multiple presentations on disease prevention and other important community health topics.

LaShawn M. Hoffman

LaShawn M. Hoffman
Civic Engagement & Public Health Practitioner
Hoffman & Associates

LaShawn M. Hoffman is a civic and community leader who advocates safe, healthy, and economically viable communities. LaShawn leads a boutique consultancy focused on smart community development, , public health, strategic neighborhood planning, community building and civic engagement, traditional and non-traditional land-use, community engaged research and successful, influential non-profit management.

The intersection of public health and community development is a crucial factor in LaShawn’ s approach to comprehensive community revitalization and development. In 2010, LaShawn was elected Chairperson person of the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center Community Coalition Board. LaShawn is the recent Past Chair of the CDC PRC Network Community Committee. LaShawn’s public health leadership is evident through his appointments to local and national taskforce and committees, leading a diverse group of community advocates, academic partners, and agencies in strategies that reduce health disparities and promote partnerships using the community-based participatory research model. 

LaShawn has spearheaded a wide range of programs focused on community improvement, public health, and economic growth. LaShawn has stepped up to facilitate the community-based planning necessary to achieve sound conservation and growth strategies. He has navigated some of the most extreme fallout from the foreclosure crisis and recession to protect vulnerable homeowners and has promoted neighborhood preservation and socio-economic and cultural diversity through housing development, public health, social services, civic engagement, and advocacy. Through this work, LaShawn was awarded the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, class of 2015 for his achievement in community economic development. LaShawn was elected President of the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Association in November 2022. He leads 500+ alumni who are shaping the built and natural environment by drawing upon the full range of people who live, work, and play there, globally.

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH
Professor & Chair of Community Health & Preventative Medicine| Associate Dean for Community Engagement
Morehouse School of Medicine

Bio coming