Population Science and Policy Publications

Recent Publications

Addressing COVID-19
  • Bolinski RS, Walters S, Salisbury-Afshar E, Ouellet LJ, Jenkins WD, Almirol E, Van Ham B, Fletcher S, Johnson C, Schneider JA, Ompad D, Pho MT. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Drug Use Behaviors, Fentanyl Exposure, and Harm Reduction Service Support among People Who Use Drugs in Rural Settings. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Feb 16;19(4):2230.
  • Walters SM, Bolinski R, Almirol E, Grundy S, Fletcher S, Schneider J, Friedman SR, Ouellet LJ, Ompad DC, Jenkins WD, Pho MT. Structural and community changes during COVID-19 and their effects on overdose precursors among rural people who use drugs: a mixed-methods analysis. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice [in press].
  • Chen BY, Sandhaus H, Adjei Boakye E, Van Ham B, Sharma A. Time to Initiation of radiation therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, 165(1). 2021.
  • Summers-Gabr NM.  Mental Health Disparities Impact Rural Communities Amidst COVID-19. Aten J, Annan K, & Meeker J. Covid-19 Mental Health Handbook: Evidence-informed Approaches to Mental Wellbeing During a Pandemic.  Humanitarian Disaster Institute. 2020 September: 144-145.
  • Walters SM, Seal DW, Stopka TJ, Murphy ME, Jenkins WD. COVID-19 and People Who Use Drugs. Health Behavior Policy Review. 2020 September; 7(5):489-497. doi: 10.14485/HBPR.7.5.11
  • Jenkins WD, Rodriguez C, Lee M, Van Ham B, Slomer L, Adjei Boakye E, Stierwalt T, Grundy S, Dandurand M, Harrison-Ladage H. Rural-urban Differences in Illinois Health Department Capability to Address COVID-19. Annals of Epidemiology. 2020 July. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2020.06.017
  • Kuy S, Gupta R, Correa R, Tsai R, Vohra S, Henry TL, Jarvis L, Kotwal M, Gupta R, Sakran JV, Hsu BS, Gandhi P, Jha S, Fiedler AG, Chu QD, Hughes LS, Hole MK, Robinson LK, Bhatt J, Gordon D. Best Practices for a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Health Systems. New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. 2020 April. doi: 10.1056/CAT.20.0108
  • Summers-Gabr, NM. Rural–urban Mental Health Disparities in the United States During COVID-19. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2020. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000871
  • Adjei Boakye, E, Jenkins, W, Sharma, A. Disproportionate impact of COVID‐19 pandemic on head and neck cancer survivors. Head & Neck. 2020 April; 1– 3. https://doi.org/10.1002/hed.26170
  • Jenkins, WD, Bolinski, R, Bresett, J, Van Ham, B, Fletcher, S, Walters, S, Friedman, SR, Ezell, JM, Pho, M, Schneider, J, Ouellet, L. COVID‐19 During the Opioid Epidemic – Exacerbation of Stigma and Vulnerabilities. The Journal of Rural Health. 2020 April. doi:10.1111/jrh.12442
Addressing Children’s Health Disparities
  • Keddie A, Amerson N, Johnson C, Jenkins W, Crumly D, Geiger SD. Leveraging secondary data for evaluation: Planning the expansion of the Illinois asthma partnership to reduce pediatric asthma related emergency department visits. Eval Program Plann. 2022 Mar 16;92:102077
  • Keddie A, Amerson N, Johnson C, Jenkins W, Crumly D, Geiger S. Leveraging secondary data for evaluation and planning: The Illinois Asthma Partnership. Evaluation and Program Planning. Evaluation and Program Planning. [In press].
  • Vohra S, Walsh A. Illinois Children's Mental Health Plan: A New Strategy to Build Brighter Futures for Illinois Children and Families. Illinois Pediatrician. Winter 2022, 5-8.
  • Summers-Gabr N. Understanding Maternal Rewards and their Subtypes between Gender and Culture with Adolescents. Journal of Culture and Cognition. In press. 2021.
  • Summers NM. Fact or Fiction: Children’s Acquired Knowledge of Islam through Mothers’ Testimony. Journal of Cognition and Culture 2019 (19) 195–215.
  • Zahnd W, Smith T, Ryherd S, Cleer M, Rogers V, Steward D. Implementing a Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum in Head Start Through an Academic-Community Partnership. J Sch Health. 2017 Jun; 87(6):465-473. doi: 10.1111/josh.12515.
  • Rogers V, Salzeider C, Holzum L, Milbrandt T, Zahnd W, Puczynski M. Keep Kids in School: A Collaborative Community Effort to Increase Compliance with State-Mandated Health Requirements. J Sch Health. 2016 May; 86(5):382-5. doi: 10.1111/josh.12389. PMID: 27040475.
  • Zahnd WE, Rogers V, Smith T, Ryherd SJ, Botchway A, Steward DE. Gender-specific Relationships Between Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Obesity in Elementary School Students. Prev Med. 2015 Dec; 81:138-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.08.021. Epub 2015 Sep 5. PMID: 26348456.
Addressing Cancer Health Disparities
  • Lee M, Adjei Boakye E, Salloum R. Cost-related medication nonadherence and cost-saving strategies among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology, June 2 2022. 
  • Franca MC, Boyer VE, Gerend MA, Lee M, Whittington KD, McKinney SL, Collins SK, McKinnies RC, Adjei Boakye E. College Students' Awareness of the Link Between Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV-Associated Cancers. J Cancer Educ. 2022 Apr 22. doi: 10.1007/s13187-022-02172-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35459979.
  • Lee M, Salloum RG, Jenkins WD, Hales DB, Sharma A. Marijuana use among US adults with cancer: Findings from the 2018-2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Cancer Surviv. 2022 Apr 9. doi: 10.1007/s11764-021-01138-z.
  • Jenkins WD, Rose J, Molina Y, Lee M, Bolinski R, Mueller-Luckey G, and Ham BV. Cancer screening among rural people who use drugs: colliding risks and barriers.  Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022.
  • Satheeshkumar PS, El-Dallal M, Raita Y, Mohan MP, Adjei Boakye E. Association Between Palliative Care Referral and Burden of Illness Among Cancers of the Lip, Oral Cavity and Pharynx. Support Care Cancer. 2021 December; 29(12):7737-7745. doi:10.1007/s00520-021-06370-y
  • Barnes JM, Johnson KJ, Adjei Boakye E, Schapira L. Akinyemiju T, Park EM, Graboyes EM, Osazuwa-Peters N. Early Medicaid Expansion and Cancer Mortality. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 July; doi:10.1093/jnci/djab135
  • Pannu JN, Simpson MC, Adjei Boakye E, Massa ST, Cass LM, Challapalli SD, Rohde RL, Osazuwa-Peters N. Survival Outcomes for Head and Neck Patients with Medicaid: A Health Insurance Paradox. Head & Neck, 2021 July; 43(7):2136-2147. doi: 10.1002/hed.26682.
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Barnes JM, Okafor SI, et al. Incidence and Risk of Suicide Among Patients With Head and Neck Cancer in Rural, Urban, and Metropolitan Areas. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 July; e211728. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2021.1728
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Polednik KM, Tutlam NT, Tait R, Scherrer J, Barnes JM, Schootman M, Adjei Boakye E. Depression, Chronic Pain, and High Impact Chronic Pain among Cancer Survivors. J Clin Onc. 2021 May; 39(15_suppl):12085.
  • Barnes JM, Adjei Boakye E, Schootman M, Graboyes EM, Osazuwa-Peters N. Insurance Coverage and Care Affordability in Cancer Survivors in 2016-2019. J Clin Onc. 2021 May; 39(15_suppl):1520.
  • Lee M, Adjei Boakye E. State Variation in Marijuana Use Among US Adults with Cancer. J Clin Onc. 2021 May; 39(15_suppl):24064.
  • Lee M, Salloum R, Sharma A. Marijuana Use Among US Adults with Cancer: Findings from the 2018-2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Clin Onc. 2021 May; 39(15_suppl):12088.
  • Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N, López J, Pham VT, Tobo B, Wan L, Schootman M, McElroy J. Disparities in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Initiation and Completion Based on Sexual Orientation Among Women in the United States. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2021 February; 17(2):428-433. doi:10.1080/21645515.2020.1778407
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Simpson MC, Rohde RL, Challapalli SD, Massa ST, Adjei Boakye E. Differences in Sociodemographic Correlates of Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Survival in the United States. Cancer Control. 2021 January-December; 28:10732748211041894. doi:10.1177/10732748211041894
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Barnes JM, Megwalu U, Adjei Boakye E, Johnston KJ, Gaubatz ME, Johnson KJ, Panth N, Sethi RKV, Varvares MA. State Medicaid Expansion Status, Insurance Coverage and Stage at Diagnosis in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Oral Oncology. 2020 November; 110. doi:10.1016/j.oraloncology.2020.104870
  • Lee M, Khan MM, Brant HM, Salloum RG, Chen BK. Decomposing Socioeconomic Disparities in the Use of Colonoscopy Among the Insured Elderly Population Before and After the Affordable Care Act. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 November; 31(11):1039-1048. doi: 10.1007/s10552-020-01343-8
  • Cline BJ, Simpson MC, Gropler M, Bukatko AR, Adjei Boakye E, Mohammed KA, Osazuwa-Peters N. Change in Age at Diagnosis of Oropharyngeal Cancer in the United States, 1975-2016. Cancers (Basel). 2020 October; 12(11):3191. doi:10.3390/cancers12113191
  • Adjei Boakye E, Grubb L, Peterson CE, Osazuwa-Peters N, Grabosch S, Ladage H, Huh W. Risk of Second Primary Cancers Among Survivors of Gynecological Cancers. Gynecologic Oncology. 2020 September; 158(3):719-726. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.06.492
  • Panth N, Barnes JM, Simpson MC, Adjei Boakye E, Sethi RKV, Varvares MA, Osazuwa-Peters N. Change in Stage of Presentation of Head and Neck Cancer in the United States Before and After the Affordable Care Act. Cancer Epidemiology. 2020 September; 67. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2020.101763
  • Pannu JS, Simpson MC, Donovan CL, Adjei Boakye E, Mass K, Challapalli SD, Varvares MA, Osazuwa-Peters N. Sociodemographic Correlates of Head and Neck Cancer Survival Among Patients with Metastatic Disease. Head & Neck, 2020 September; 42(9):2505-2515. doi: 10.1002/hed.26284
  • Lee M, Jenkins WD, Adjei Boakye E. Cancer Screening Utilization by Residence and Sexual Orientation. Cancer Causes and Control. 2020 August; 31(10):951-964. doi: 10.1007/s10552-020-01339-4
  • Adjei Boakye E, Wang M, Sharma A, Jenkins WD, Osazuwa-Peters N, Chen B, Lee M, Schootman M. Risk of Second Primary Cancers in Individuals Diagnosed with Index Smoking- and Non-smoking- Related Cancers. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2020 July;146(7):1765-1779. doi:10.1007/s00432-020-03232-8
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Barnes JM, Pannu JS, Simpson MC, Challapalli SD, Rohde RL, Adjei Boakye E. Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Early Medicaid Expansion on Head and Neck Cancer Mortality in the United States. J Clin Onc. 2020 May; 38(15_suppl): 7035. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2020.38.15_suppl.7035
  • Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N, Chen B, Cai M, Tobo BB, Challapalli SD, Buchanan P, Piccirillo, JF. Multilevel Associations Between Patient- and Hospital-Level Factors and In-Hospital Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients With Head and Neck Cancer. JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2020 March; 146(5):444-454. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0132
  • Thompson‐Harvey A, Yetukuri M, Hansen AR, Simpson MC, Adjei Boakye E, Varvares MA, Osazuwa‐Peters N. Rising Incidence of Late‐stage Head and Neck Cancer in the United States.  2020 March 126:5.  doi:10.1002/cncr.32583
  • Wang M,Sharma A, Osazuwa-Peters N, Simpson MC, Schootman M, Piccirillo JF, Huh WK, Adjei Boakye E. Risk of Subsequent Malignant Neoplasms after an Index Potentially-human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated Cancers. Cancer Epidemiology. 64. 2020 February. doi:10.1016/j.canep.2019.101649.
  • Lee M, Khan MM, Brandt HM, Salloum RG, Chen B. The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the Receipt of Colonoscopies among the Insured Elderly. Intern J Environ Res and Public Health. 2020 January 2;17(1):313. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17010313.
  • Adjei Boakye E, Zeng W, Governor S, Nagendra S, Tobo BB, Simpson MC, Osazuwa-Peters N. Differences in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Uptake by Nativity Status Among Men Aged 18–34 Years. 2019 December. doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.101010
  • Adjei Boakye E, Osazuwa-Peters N, Mohammed KA, Challapalli S, Buchanan P, Burroughs TE, Varvares MA. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Diagnosed Depression Among Hospitalized Cancer Patients with Metastatic Disease. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 2019 August. doi:10.1007/s00127-019-01763-1
  • Desai PB, Bukatko AR, Simpson MC, Adjei Boakye E, Greenberg JW, Ward GM, Walker RJ, Antisdel JL, Osazuwa Peters N. Comorbidity Burden and Nonclinical Factors Associated with Sinonasal Cancer All‐cause Mortality. The Laryngoscope. 2019 August. doi:10.1002/lary.28223
  • McDaniel JT, Albright D, Lee H, Patrick S, McDermott RJ, Jenkins WD, Diehr AJ, Jurkowski E. Rural-urban Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Military Service Members and Veterans. J Military, Veteran, and Family Health. 2019 April. doi:10.3138/jmvfh.2018-0013
  • Zahnd W, Rodriguez C, Jenkins WD. Rural-Urban Differences in Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Trends and Rates. J Rural Health. Spring 2019. 35:2. 208-215. dx.doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12305
  • Adjei Boakye E, Johnston KJ, Moulin TA, Buchanan PM, Hinyard L, Tobo BB, Massa ST, Osazuwa-Peters N. Factors Associated With Head and Neck Cancer Hospitalization Cost and Length of Stay-A National Study. American Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018; 00:000–000. doi: 10.1097/COC.0000000000000487
  • Simpson MC, Challapalli SD, Cass LM, Zahirsha ZS, Adjei Boakye E, Massa ST, Osazuwa-Peters N. Impact of Gender on the Association between Marital Status and Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes. Oral Oncology. 2019 February; 89:48-55. doi:10.1016/j.oraloncology.2018.12.009
  • Gaubatz ME, Bukatko AR, Simpson MC, Polednik KM, Adjei Boakye E, Varvares MA, Osazuwa-Peters N. Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities Associated with 90-day Mortality Among Patients with Head and Neck Cancer in the United States. Oral Oncology 2019 February; 89:95-101. doi:10.1016/j.oraloncology.2018.12.023.
  • Adjei Boakye E, Buchanan P, Hinyard L, Osazuwa-Peters N, Simpson M, Schootman M, Piccirillo JF. Trends in the Risk and Burden of Second Primary Malignancy Among Survivors of Smoking-related Cancers in the United States. Intern J Cancer. 145(1):143-153.  doi:10.1002/ijc.32101
  • Adjei Boakye E,  Buchanan P, Hinyard L, Stamatakis K, Osazuwa‐Peters N, Simpson MC, Schootman M, Piccirillo JF. Risk and Outcomes for Second Primary Human Papillomavirus–Related and –Unrelated Head and Neck Malignancy. The Laryngoscope.  doi:10.1002/lary.27634
  • Osazuwa‐Peters N, Simpson MC, Zhao L, Adjei Boakye E, Olomukoro SI, Deshields T, Loux TM, Varvares MA, Schootman M. Suicide Risk Among Cancer Survivors: Head and Neck versus Other Cancers. American Cancer Society. 2018; doi:10.1002/cncr.31675
  • Jenkins WD, Gilbert D, Chen L-S, Carnahan L. Finding Paths with the Greatest Chance of Success: Enabling and Focusing Lung Cancer Screening and Cessation in Resource-constrained Areas. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2018 September;7(Suppl 3):S261-S264. doi: 10.21037/tlcr.2018.09.11
  • Adjei Boakye E, Buchanan P, Hinyard L, Osazuwa-Peters N, Schootman M, Piccirillo JF. Incidence and Risk of Second Primary Malignant Neoplasm After a First Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(8):727–737. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.0993
  • Pitroda SP, Khodarev NN, Huang L, Uppal A, Wightman SC, Ganai S, Joseph N, Pitt J, Brown M, Forde M, Mangold K, Xue L, Weber C, Segal JP, Kadri S, Stack ME, Khan S, Paty P, Kaul K, Andrade J, White KP, Talamonti M, Posner MC, Hellman S, Weichselbaum RR. Integrated Molecular Subtyping Defines a Curable Oligometastatic State in Colorectal Liver Metastasis. Nat Commun. 2018 May 4;9(1):1793. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04278-6.
  • Zahnd WE, Fogleman AJ, Jenkins WD. Rural-urban Disparities in Staging of Cancers with Preventive Opportunities. Amer J Prev Med. 2018 May;54(5):688-698.
  • Sturm EC, Zahnd WE, Mellinger JD, Ganai S. Survival Implications of Increased Utilization of Local Excision for cT1N0 Esophageal Cancer. Ann Surg. 2018 April. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002782. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Jenkins WD, Matthews A, Bailey A, Zahnd W, Watson KS, Mueller-Luckey G, Molina Y, Crumly D, Patera J. Rural Areas are Disproportionately Impacted by Smoking and Lung Cancer. Prev Med Rep. 2018 March;10:200-203. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.03.011
  • Zahnd WE, Hyon KS, Diaz-Sylvester P, Izadi SR, Colditz GA, Brard L. Rural-Urban Differences in Surgical Treatment, Regional Lymph Node Examination and Survival in Endometrial Cancer Patients. Cancer Causes & Control. 2018 February;29(2):221-232. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0998-4
  • Romanelli M, Issa T, Zahnd W, Dynda D, Alanee S. Impact of County Rurality and Urologist Density on the Practice of Inguinal Lymph Node Dissection and Mortality in Patients Diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Penis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 November. doi: 10.1245/s10434-017-6211-x
  • Zahnd WE and McLafferty SL. Contextual Effects and Cancer Outcomes in the United States: A Systematic Review of Characteristics in Multilevel Analyses. Annals of Epidemiology. 2017 November;27(11):739-748.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.10.002
  • Zahnd WE, Jenkins WD, Shackelford J, Lobb R, Sanders J, Bailey A. Rural Cancer Screening and Faith Community Nursing in the Era of Affordable Care Act. J Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2018;29(1):71-80. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2018.0008.
  • Buckley EJ, Zahnd WE, Rea DJ, Mellinger JD, Ganai S. Impact of Rural-Urban Status On Survival After Mastectomy Without Reconstruction Versus Mastectomy With Reconstruction. Amer J Surgery. 2017 June. pii: S0002-9610(17)30160-5. doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.06.014
  • Zahnd WE, James AS, Jenkins WD, Izadi SR, Fogleman AJ, Steward DE, Colditz GA, Brard L. Rural-Urban Differences in Cancer Incidence and Trends in the United States. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2017 July. doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0430
  • Waters E, Mueller-Luckey G, LeVault K, Jenkins WD. Perceived Harms and Social Norms in the Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco. J Health Commun. 2017 June;22(6):497-505. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1311972
  • Javadi P, Sharma A, Zahnd WE, Jenkins WD. Evolving Disparities in the Epidemiology of Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 April. doi:10.1007/s10552-017-0889-8
  • Clemons J, Zahnd WE, Nutt M, Sadowski D, Dynda D, Alanee S. Impact of Urologist Density and County Rurality on the Practice of Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection and Cancer-Specific Death in Patients with Nonseminomatous Germ Cell Tumors. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 March;6(1):83-90. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2016.0028
  • Molina YM, Zimmermann K, Carnahan LR, Paulsey E, Bigman-Gilmore C, Khare MM, Zahnd W, Jenkins W. Rural Women’s Perceptions About Cancer Disparities and Contributing Factors: A Call to Communication. J Cancer Edu. 2017 Feb 27. doi:10.1007/s13187-017-1196-5
  • Zahnd WE, Jenkins WD, Mueller-Luckey GS. Cancer Mortality in the Mississippi Delta Region: Descriptive Epidemiology and Needed Future Research and Interventions. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017;28(1):315-328. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0025
  • Sadowski DJ, Geiger SW, Mueller GS, Zahnd WE, Alanee SR, McVary KT. Kidney Cancer in Rural Illinois: Lower Incidence Yet Higher Mortality Rates. Urology. 2016 August;94:90-5. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2016.05.022
  • LeVault K, Mueller-Luckey G, Waters EA, Fogleman A, Crumly D, Jenkins WD. E-cigarettes: Who's Using Them and Why? J Fam Pract. 2016 June;65(6):390-7.
  • Jenkins WD, Zahnd WE, Spenner A, Wiley C, Roles R, Potini Y, Jones LS. Comparison of Cancer-specific and General Health Literacy Assessments in an Educated Population: Correlations and Modifying Factors. J Cancer Educ. 2016 June;31(2):268-71. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0816-1
  • Mueller-Luckey GS, Zahnd WE, Garner K, Heitkamp R, Jenkins WD, Boehler MD, Steward DE. The Mini Report: A Practical Tool to Address Lung Cancer Disparities in Rural Communities. J Cancer Educ. 2015 October.
  • Zahnd WE, Mueller GS, Fogleman AJ, Jenkins WD. Intrastate Variations in Rural Cancer Risk and Incidence: An Illinois Case Study. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2015 July.
  • Alanee S, Clemons J, Zahnd W, Sadowski D, Dynda D. Trichloroethylene Is Associated with Kidney Cancer Mortality: A Population-based Analysis. Anticancer Res. 2015 July;35(7):4009-13.
  • Mueller GS, Clayton AL, Zahnd WE, Hollenbeck KM, Barrow ME, Jenkins WD, Ruez DR Jr. Geospatial Analysis of Cancer Risk and Residential Proximity to Coal Mines in Illinois. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2015 October;120:155-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.05.037
  • Fogleman AJ, Mueller GS, Jenkins WD. Does Where you Live Play an Important Role in Cancer Incidence in The U.S.? Am J Cancer Res. 2015 June;5(7):2314-9.
  • Frye TP, Sadowski DJ, Zahnd WE, Jenkins WD, Dynda DI, Mueller GS, Alanee SR, McVary KT. Impact of County Rurality and Urologist Density on Urological Cancer Mortality in Illinois. J Urol. 2015 May;193(5):1608-13. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2014.11.100.
  • Rogers LQ, Fogleman A, Trammell R, Hopkins-Price P, Spenner A, Vicari S, Rao K, Courneya KS, Hoelzer K, Robbs R, Verhulst S. Inflammation and Psychosocial Factors Mediate Exercise Effects on Sleep Quality in Breast Cancer Survivors: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychooncology. 2015 Mar;24(3):302-10. doi: 10.1002/pon.3594.
  • Jenkins WD, LeVault K, Sutcliffe S. Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection: Possible Cofactor for Oropharyngeal Cancer Development? Oral Oncol. 2015 February;51(2):e8-9. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2014.11.015
  • Rogers LQ, Fogleman A, Verhulst S, Bhugra M, Rao K, Malone J, Robbs R, Robbins KT. Refining Measurement of Social Cognitive Theory Factors Associated with Exercise Adherence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2015;33(5):467-87. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2015.1067277
  • Alanee S, Dynda D, LeVault K, Mueller G, Sadowski D, Wilber A, Jenkins WD, Dynda M. Delivering Kidney Cancer Care in Rural Central and Southern Illinois: A Telemedicine Approach. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2014 November;23(6):739-44. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12248
  • Rogers LQ, Vicari S, Trammell R, Hopkins-Price P, Fogleman A, Spenner A, Rao K, Courneya KS, Hoelzer KS, Robbs R, Verhulst S. Biobehavioral Factors Mediate Exercise Effects on Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 June;46(6):1077-88. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000210
  • Zahnd WE, Mueller GS, Garner K, Jenkins WD, Steward DE. Cancer in Rural Illinois, 1990-2010 Incidence, Mortality, Staging, and Access to Care. Springfield, IL: Center for Clinical Research, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; April 2014. View PDF
Addressing Rural Health
  • Jenkins RA, Whitney BM, Nance RM, Allen TM, Cooper HL, Feinberg J, Fredericksen R, Friedmann PD, Go VF, Jenkins WD; Korthuis PT; Miller WC; Pho MT, Rudolph AE, Seal DW, Smith GS, Stopka TJ, Westergaard RP, Young AM, Zule WA, Delaney JAC, Tsui JI, Crane H. The Rural Opioid Initiative Consortium Description: Providing Evidence to Understand the Fourth Wave of the Opioid Crisis. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice [in press].
  • Korthuis PT, Cook RR, Foot CA, Leichtling G, Tsui JI, Stopka TJ, Leahy J, Jenkins WD, Baker R, Chan B, Crane HM, Cooper HL, Feinberg J, Zule WA, Go VF, Estadt AT, Nance RM, Smith GS, Westergaard RP, Van Ham B, Brown R, Young AM. Association of methamphetamine and opioid use with nonfatal overdose in rural communities. JAMA Network Open 2022; [in press].
  • Albright DL, Fletcher KL, Thomas T, McDaniel JT, Laha-Walsh K, Null D, Vohra S. Behavioural Health Outcomes in Veterans Compared to Nonveterans by Rural and Urban Areas, 2015-2018. Health and Social Care for the Community. May 2022.
  • Grundy S and Prusaczyk B.  The complex intersection of race and rurality: the detrimental effects of race-neutral rural health policies, Health Equity 6:1, 334–337. 2022. DOI: 10.1089/heq.2021.0136.
  • Grundy S, Brown R, Jenkins WD. Health and healthcare of sexual minority individuals in rural United States: A systematic review. J Health Care Poor Underserved. In press.
  • Grundy SA, Mozelewski SR, Adjei Boakye E, Lee M, Levin BL. Faith Leaders' Perceptions of Needle Exchange Programs in the Rural Illinois Delta Region: Religion as a Social Determinant of Health. Am J Addict. 2021 November; 30(6):560-567. doi:10.1111/ajad.13213
  • Lee M, Gerend MA, Adjei Boakye E. Rural-Urban Differences in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Young Adults in 8 U.S. States. Am J Prev Med. 2021 February; 60(2):298-299. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2020.07.023
  • Ezell JM, Walters S, Friedman SR, Bolinksi R, Jenkins WD, Schneider J, Link B, Pho MT. Stigmatize the Use, Not the User? Attitudes on Opioid Use, Drug Injection, Treatment, and Overdose Prevention in Rural Communities. Soc Sci Med. 2021 January; 268:113470. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113470
  • McDaniel JT, Albright DL, Wallace JP, Jenkins WD. Vision loss in older veterans is greater in rural than urban areas. Eye Reports. 2020 March; 6(1) doi: 10.16964/er.v6i1.98
  • Fogleman AJ, Zahnd WE, Lipka AE, Malhi RS, Ganai S, Delfino K, Jenkins WD. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Barriers towards Genetic Testing across Three Rural Illinois Communities. 2019 July;10(3):417-423. doi: 10.1007/s12687-019-00407-w
  • McDaniel JT, Lee M, Albright DL, Lee HY, Maddock J. Small Area Estimation of Mental Distress Among United States Service Members and Veterans in Illinois. Community Mental Health Journal.2020 February;56(2):298-302. doi:10.1007/s10597-019-00488-4
  • Owings AC, Bonfim Fernandes S, Olatoye MO, Fogleman AJ, Zahnd WE, Jenkins WD, Malhi RS, Lipka AE. Population Structure Analyses Provide Insight into the Source Populations Underlying Rural Isolated Communities in Illinois. Human Biology. 2019 February;91(1):31-47. doi: 10.13110/humanbiology.91.1.05.
  • Zahnd WE, Mueller-Luckey GS, Fogleman AJ, Jenkins WD. Measuring Rurality in the United States: Do Our Measures and Methods Capture Our Intent? J Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2019;30(1):70-79. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2019.0008
  • Dean C, Fogleman AJ, Zahnd WE, Lipka A, Malhi R, Delfino K, Jenkins WD. Engaging Rural Communities in Genetic Research: Challenges and Opportunities. J Community Genet. 2017 July;8(3):209-219. doi: 10.1007/s12687-017-0304-x
  • Zahnd WE, Mueller-Luckey GS, Ratnapradipa K, Smith T. Predictors and Spatial Variation of Radon Testing in Illinois, 2005-2012. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2017 March. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000534
  • Jenkins WD, Lipka AE, Fogleman AJ, Delfino KR, Malhi RS, Hendricks B. Variance in Disease Risk: Rural Populations and Genetic Diversity. Genome. 2016 July;59(7):519-25. doi: 10.1139/gen-2016-0077
Addressing Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Jenkins WD, Williams L, Pearson WS. STI Epidemiology and Care in Rural Areas: a Narrative Review [published online ahead of print, 2021 Jul 15]. Sex Transm Dis. 2021; doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001512.
  • Pearson WS, Tromble E, Jenkins WD, Solnick R, Gift TL. Choosing the Emergency Department as an Alternative for STD Care: Potential Disparities in Access. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2021 [in press].
  • Jenkins WD, Beach LB, Choat L, Rodriguez C. How the Evolving Epidemics of Opioids Misuse and HIV Infection may be Changing the Risk of Oral Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk through Microbiome Modulation. Critical Reviews in Microbiology. 2020 February;46(1):49-60. doi: 10.1080/1040841X.2020.1716683
  • Pearson W, Spicknall I, Cramer R, Jenkins WD. Medicaid Coverage of Sexually Transmitted Disease Service Visits. Am J Prev Med. 2019 July;57(1):51-56. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2019.02.019.
  • Jenkins WD, Vohra S, Grundy S, Choat L. Incentivized Screening to Reduce STI Risk and Prevalence. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 46:10. 2019 October; 654-656.
  • McLuckie C, Pho M, Ellis K, Navon L, Walblay K, Jenkins W, Rodriguez C, Kolak M, Chen Y, Schneider J, Zahnd W. Identifying Areas with Disproportionate Local Health Department Services Relative to Opioid Overdose, HIV and Hepatitis C Diagnosis Rates: A Study of Rural Illinois.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 989; doi:10.3390/ijerph16060989
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Hu A, Rohde RL, Tobo BB, Geneus CJ, Mohammed KA, Adjei Boakye E. Sociodemographic predictors of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV Vaccine Knowledge and Awareness among Americans Who Use the Internet as Their Primary Source of Health Information. J Consumer Health on the Internet. 2019; 22:3, 199-216. doi: 10.1080/15398285.2018.1509258
  • Jenkins WD, Rodriguez C. Rates of Syphilis by Level of Rurality: United States, 2000-2015. Sex Transm Dis. 2018 September:45(supp 2):S73.
  • Barger AC, Pearson WS, Rodriguez C, Crumly D, Mueller-Luckey G, Jenkins WD. Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Delta Regional Authority: Significant Disparities in the 252 Counties of the Eight-State Delta Region Authority. Sex Transm Infect. 2018 Aug 27. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053556
  • Adjei Boakye E, Lew D, Muthukrishnan M, Tobo BB, Rohde RL, Varvares MA, Osazuwa-Peters N. Correlates of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Initiation and Completion Among 18-26 Year Olds in the United States. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutis, 2018; 14(8):2016-2024. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2018.1467203
  • Jenkins WD, Botchway A. Young Adults with Depression are at Increased Risk of Sexually Transmitted Disease. Prev Med. 2016 July;88:86-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.03.020
  • Pearson WS, Gift TL, Leichliter JS, Jenkins WD. Differences in Treatment of Chlamydia Trachomatis by Ambulatory Care Setting. J Community Health. 2015 December;40(6):1115-21. doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0037-x
Addressing Immigrant Health
  • Green JC, Adjei Boakye E, Schoening A, Vaughn MG. Peace in Guatemala and Immigrant Health in the United States,2018; 84(4), 704–709. DOI: http://doi.org/10.29024/aogh.2380
  • Green JC, BeLue R, Adjei Boakye E, Choi E, Vaughn MG. Armed Conflict in Central America and Immigrant Health in the United States. 2018;84(4):654–62. DOI: http://doi.org/10.29024/aogh.2373
Addressing Population Health
  • Pham VT, Adjei Boakye E, Simpson MC, Van Phu Bui Q, Olomukoro SI, Zand DH, Halloran DR, Osazuwa-Peters N. Human Papillomavirus-Associated Sexual Risks Among High School Students in the U.S.: Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role?. Arch Sex Behav. 2021 October; 50(7):3093-3101. doi:10.1007/s10508-021-02083-9
  • Adjei Boakye E, Stierwalt T, Grundy SA, Osazuwa-Peters N, Lee M, Elgee M, Schootman M. Human papillomavirus vaccination uptake among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults in the United States. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021 September; S1047-2797(21)00288-X 
  • Osazuwa-Peters N, Rohde RL, Adjei Boakye E. HPV Vaccination Is Safe–You Don’t Have to Whisper It. JAMA Network Open, 2021 September; 4(9):e2125124. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.25124
  • Adjei Boakye E, Babatunde OA, Wang M, Osazuwa-Peters N, Jenkins WD, Lee M, Kim M. Geographic Variation in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Initiation and Completion Among Adults in the United States. Am J Prev Med. 2021 March; 60(3):387-396. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2020.09.005
  • McDaniel JT, Jenkins WD, Albright DL, Null D, McIntosh S, McDaniel MR. Illicit Drug Use and Self-reported Vision Loss Among Military Service Members or Veterans. BMJ Military Health. 2020 August. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001518
  • Buxton EK, Vohra S, Guo Y, Fogleman A, Patel R. Pediatric Population Health Analysis of Southern and Central Illinois Region: A Cross Sectional Retrospective Study Using Association Rule Mining and Multiple Logisitic Regression. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine. 178,  2019 September, 145-153.
  • Kuo A, Summers N, Vohra S, Kahn R, Bibbins-Domingo K. The Promise of Precision Population Health: Reducing Disparities Through a Community Partnership Framework. Advances in Pediatrics. 66, 2019, 1-13.
  • Moulin TA,  Adjei Boakye E, Wirth LS, Chen J, Burroughs TE, Vollman DE. Yearly Treatment Patterns for Patients with Recently Diagnosed Diabetic Macular Edema. 2019 April;3(4):362–370. doi:10.1016/j.oret.2018.11.014
  • Behera A, Adjei Boakye E, Trivedi J, Armbrecht E,  Alshekhlee A, Edgell R. Real-World Impact of Retrievable Stents for Acute Ischemic Stroke on Disability Utilizing the National Inpatient Sample. Intervent Neurol 2019;8:60–68. doi:10.1159/000495160
  • Adjei Boakye E, Varble, A, Rojek, R, Peavler, O, Trainer, AK., Osazuwa-Peters, N, Hinyard, L. Sociodemographic Factors Associated With Engagement in Diabetes Self-management Education Among People With Diabetes in the United States. Public Health Reports. 2018;133(6), 685–691. doi:10.1177/0033354918794935

Policy Briefs

The COVID-19 and Illinois Rural Health series:

Transforming the Health of Rural Illinois (May 2022) - Summary Report
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COVID-19 and Rural Housing and Homelessness (December 2021)
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COVID-19 and the Rural Opioid Epidemic (November 2021)
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COVID-19 and the Rural Health Workforce (October 2021)
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COVID-19 and Rural Children's Growth and Development (September 2021)
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COVID-19 and Rural Nutrition and Fitness (August 2021)
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COVID-19 and Public Health Systems (July 2021)
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COVID-19 and Rural Mental Health (May 2021)
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COVID-19 and an Aging Rural Population (April 2021)
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COVID-19 and Rural Health Series Initial Report:

BUILDING A HEALTHIER RURAL ILLINOIS: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of COVID-19