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Angela Wangari Walter

Angela Walter
Angela Wangari WalterAssistant Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentPublic Health
  • Phone(978) 934-5374
  • Fax(978) 934-3012
  • OfficeSouthwick Hall - 326B
  • Emailangela_walter@uml.edu
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Research Interests

Professor Walter’s research aims to advance science and practice in ways that will redress racial and ethnic inequities in the access to and quality of health care services. Her studies have focused on alcohol and drug use disorders and co-occurring diagnoses including mental illness and infectious diseases. Professor Walter has a strong background in health care delivery systems and in developing, implementing and evaluating systems of care for complex populations.

Current projects focus on: 1) exploring how mental health outcomes, substance abuse relapse and recidivism are mediated by changes in education and employment for justice-involved adults post incarceration; 2) community based participatory research to improve mental health outcomes and reduce opioid addiction among high stress industry workers; and 3) implementation science research of the Gabby Preconception Care system - an innovative communication system designed to identify and mitigate health risks for young Black and African American women before pregnancy, as a means of reducing racial health disparities in birth outcomes.

Education

  • Other: Health Policy and Management, (2014), Boston University School of Public Health - Boston, MA
  • Ph D, (2013), Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management - Waltham, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Alcohol use, HIV knowledge, and HIV related behaviors among women: Quantitative and qualitative analyses
  • Other: Social and Behavioral Sciences, (2008), Boston University School of Public Health - Boston, MA
  • Other: Macro Social Work Practice, (2007), Boston University School of Social Work - Boston, MA
  • BS: Health Policy and Management, (2003), Providence College - Providence, Rhode Island

Awards and Honors

  • Community Research Innovative Scholar (2017), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), Teaching - Boston University School of Public Health
  • NIH Predoctoral Individual Fellowship (2012), Scholarship/Research - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • Dissertation Award (2011), Scholarship/Research - The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
  • NIH Predoctoral Institutional Training Fellowship (2008), Scholarship/Research - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • Sarah Lange Award for Social Change (2007) - Boston University School of Social Work
  • Dean's Scholar (2005) - Boston University School of Social Work
  • Thomas D. Mackey Scholar (2005) - Boston University School of Social Work
  • Fortunato Tomassi Scholar (1999) - Providence College
  • Martin Luther King Scholar (1999) - Providence College

Publications

  • Walter, A.W., Sprague Martinez, L., Lopez, L.M. (2017) "Mental health care in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) era: Harnessing the power of communities," Routledge 3 pp. 314-327
  • Walter, A.W., Yuan, Y., Cabral, H. (2017) "Mental health services utilization and expenditures among children enrolled in employer sponsored health plans," Pediatrics 139:Supplement 2 pp. S127-S135
  • Walter, A.W., Cheng, D.M., Lloyd-Travaglini, C.A., Samet, J.H., Bernstein, J., Saitz, R. (2016) "Are decreases in drug use risk associated with reductions in HIV sex risk behaviors among adults in an urban hospital primary care setting?," Preventive Medicine Reports 4: pp. 410-416
  • Walter, A.W., Yvonne, R., Robbie, T., Kress, H., Morningstar, B., MacArthur, B., Daniels, A. (2016) "Leadership matters: How hidden biases perpetuate institutional racism in organizations. ," Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance 4:3 pp. 213-221
  • Walter, A.W., Lundgren, L., Umez-Eronini, A., Ritter, G.A. (2016) "Alcohol use and HIV testing in a national sample of women," AIDS and Behavior 20:1 pp. 84-96
  • Bachman, S.S., Walter, A.W., Umez-Eronini, A. (2012) "Access to oral health care and self-reported health status among low-income adults living with HIV/AIDS," Public Health Reports 127:Suppl 2 pp. 55
  • Walter, A.W., Bachman, S.S., Reznik, D.A., Cabral, H., Umez-Eronini, A., Nath, A., Flournoy, M.W., Young, N.S. (2012) "Methamphetamine use and dental problems among adults enrolled in a program to increase access to oral health services for people living with HIV/AIDS," Public Health Reports 127:Suppl 2 pp. 25
  • Tobias, C.R., Fox, J.E., Walter, A.W., Lemay, C.A., Abel, S.N. (2012) "Retention of people living with HIV/AIDS in oral health care," Public Health Reports pp. 45-54
  • Bachman, S.S., Walter, A.W., Kuilan, N., Lundgren, L.M. (2008) "Implications of Medicaid coverage in a program for Latino substance users," Evaluation and program planning 31:1 pp. 74-82
  • Betancourt, J.R., Maina, A.W. (2007) "Barriers to eliminating disparities in clinical practice: Lessons from the IOM Report ’Unequal Treatment’.," Humana Press pp. 83 - 97
  • Lundgren, L.M., Sullivan, L.M., Maina, A.W., Schilling, R.F. (2007) "Client Factors Associated With Length of Stay in Methadone Treatment among Heroin Users who Inject Drugs: Quantitative Analysis of State-level Substance Abuse Treatment Utilization Data.," Journal of Addiction Medicine 1:1 pp. 26
  • Lee, K.C., Winickoff, J.P., Kim, M.K., Campbell, E.G., Betancourt, J.R., Park, E.R., Maina, A.W., Weissman, J.S. (2006) "Resident physicians’ use of professional and nonprofessional interpreters: a national survey," Jama 296:9 pp. 1049-1054
  • Park, E.R., Betancourt, J.R., Kim, M.K., Maina, A.W., Blumenthal, D., Weissman, J.S. (2005) "Mixed messages: residents’ experiences learning cross-cultural care," Academic Medicine 80:9 pp. 874-880
  • Weissman, J.S., Betancourt, J., Campbell, E.G., Park, E.R., Kim, M., Clarridge, B., Blumenthal, D., Lee, K.C., Maina, A.W. (2005) "Resident Physicians’ Preparedness to Provide Cross-Cultural Care.," JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association 294:9 pp. 1058 - 1067
  • Betancourt, J.R., Maina, A.W., Soni, M. (2005) "The IOM report unequal treatment: lessons for clinical practice," Delaware medical journal 77:9 pp. 339
  • Betancourt, J.R., Carrillo, J.E., Green, A.R., Maina, A.W. (2004) "Barriers to health promotion and disease prevention in the Latino population," Clinical cornerstone 6:3 pp. 16-29
  • Betancourt, J.R., Maina, A.W. (2004) "The Institute of Medicine report" Unequal Treatment": implications for academic health centers," The Mount Sinai journal of medicine, New York 71:5 pp. 314-321

Presentations

  • Reduced recidivism and relapse among justice-involved Latino adults: The role of a bilingual, culturally relevant, integrated trauma-informed, substance abuse and mental health treatment program - American Public Health Association (APHA), November 2017 - Atlanta, GA
  • Implementation of SAMHSA-funded offender re-entry programs addressing substance use and co-occurring disorders among justice involved Latino adults - Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, March 2017 - Atlanta, GA
  • Voices from the field: Factors that influence patient and family engagement and retention in mental health care among Black/African American, Latino, and White families - American Public Health Association (APHA), October 2016 - Denver, CO.
  • Mental health services utilization and costs among children enrolled in employer sponsored health plans: Implications for integrated care in the ACA era. - American Public Health Association (APHA)., October 2016 - Denver, CO.
  • The association between alcohol use and HIV testing in a national sample of women. - Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), 2015 - New Orleans, LA.
  • Mental health services utilization and costs among children and youth (0-17) enrolled in employer sponsored health plans - Value Based Purchasing and Value Based Insurance Design Learning Community Meeting, May 2015 - Oak Grove Village, IL.
  • Alcohol use, HIV knowledge, and HIV testing decision making: A qualitative study with African American women in Massachusetts. - Addictions Health Services Research (AHSR), 2013 - Portland, OR
  • Alcohol use and HIV related behaviors: Results from a nationally representative sample of women. - American Public Health Association (APHA), 2013 - Boston, MA.
  • Factors associated with use of oral health care in an underserved HIV positive population. - American Public Health Association (APHA), 2013 - Boston, MA.
  • Impact of community residence on HIV transmission: Voices from African American women in Massachusetts. - American Public Health Association (APHA), 2013 - Boston, MA.
  • Alcohol use and HIV testing in a national sample of women. - Women and Gender Symposium: annual meeting of the Addictions Health Services Research (AHSR)., 2013 - Portland, OR
  • Alcohol use and HIV testing in a national sample of women. - Annual meeting of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 Training Directors and Trainee Workshop., October 2013 - San Diego, CA
  • Advocating expanded treatment when the political landscape changes. Closing the addiction treatment gap: Preliminary findings and lessons symposium. - Addictions Health Services Research (AHSR), 2010 - Lexington, KY
  • Implications of Medicaid coverage in a program for Latino substance users - Addictions Health Services Research (AHSR), 2008 - Boston, MA
  • HIV prevention service encounters and changes in needle sharing activity among Latino injection drug users: The Case of La Voz (The Voice) - American Public Health Association (APHA), 2008 - San Diego, CA
  • Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) utilization among opiate dependent pregnant women: A synthesis of findings from 3 research studies. - American Public Health Association (APHA), 2007 - Washington, DC
  • Continuous HIV risk behaviors: Factors associated with injection and sexual risk behaviors over a three month period among a diverse 12 sample of active injection drug users - American Public Health Association (APHA), 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Developing and maintaining a successful community-research partnership: The example of La Voz, a HIV prevention program - The national conference on Public Health Social Work (PHSW) in the 21st Century, 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Residents' preparedness and training to deliver cross-cultural care: A qualitative study - The annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), 2005 - Boston, MA
  • Qualitative assessment of resident physicians' training and preparedness to deliver cross-cultural care - The annual meeting of Academy Health, 2004 - San Diego, CA
  • Preparedness of resident physicians to deliver cross-cultural care: A qualitative study - The annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), 2004 - Chicago, IL
  • Worlds apart: Using documentary films to teach cross-cultural health care. - The annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), 2004 - Chicago, IL
  • Are resident physicians prepared to deliver quality care to diverse populations? - The national conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, 2004 - Washington, DC

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Implementation of a Health Information Technology System for Young African American Women into Community-Based Clinical Sites (2017), Grant - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    Walter, A.W. (Supporting), Jack, B.W. (Principal)
  • Community based prevention to reduce opioid and other drug abuse among industry workers. (2017), Grant - National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health. University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
    Walter, A.W. (Principal), Punnett, L. (Supporting), Bartlett, J.J. (Supporting), King, L. (Supporting)
  • Rumbo a Casa: The Way Home (2016), Grant - Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)
    Walter, A.W. (Supporting), Lundgren, L. (Principal), Stewart, E. (Principal)
  • Impact of case management on early childhood mental health, health care costs, and quality of life (2014), Grant - Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund
    Walter, A.W. (Principal), Cabral, H. (Supporting), Yuan, Y. (Supporting)
  • Alcohol Use and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Women (2012), Grant - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA).
    Walter, A.W. (Principal)