Recent Publications

Addressing COVID-19
  • Summers-Gabr, N. M. (2020). Rural–urban mental health disparities in the United States during COVID-19. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication.
  • Adjei Boakye, E, Jenkins, W, Sharma, A. Disproportionate impact of COVID‐19 pandemic on head and neck cancer survivors. Head & Neck. 16 April, 2020; 1– 3.
  • Jenkins, W.D., Bolinski, R., Bresett, J., Van Ham, B., Fletcher, S., Walters, S., Friedman, S.R., Ezell, J.M., Pho, M., Schneider, J. and Ouellet, L. (11 April, 2020), COVID‐19 During the Opioid Epidemic – Exacerbation of Stigma and Vulnerabilities. The Journal of Rural Health. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jrh.12442
Addressing Children’s Health Disparities
  • Summers NM. Fact or Fiction: Children’s Acquired Knowledge of Islam through Mothers’ Testimony. Journal of Cognition and Culture 19 (2019) 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. Journal of School 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
  • 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. 126:5. March 1, 2020.
  • 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. February 2020.
  • 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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020 Jan 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. 16. December 2019.
  • Adjei Boakye, E., Osazuwa-Peters, N., Mohammed, K.A. et al. Prevalence and factors associated with diagnosed depression among hospitalized cancer patients with metastatic disease. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (2019).
  • 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.14 August 2019.
  • McDaniel, J. T., Albright, D., Lee, H., Patrick, S., McDermott, R. J., Jenkins, W. D., Diehr, A. J., & Jurkowski, E. Rural-urban disparities in colorectal cancer screening among military service members and veterans. Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health. 29 April 2019.
  • Zahnd W, Rodriguez C, Jenkins WD. Rural-Urban Differences in Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cancer Trends and Rates. Journal of Rural Health. Spring 2019. 35:2. 208-215.
  • 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. [Epub ahead of print]
  • 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 Feb 2019; 89:48-55.
  • 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 Feb 2019; 89:95-101.
  • 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. International Journal of Cancer. 145(1):143-153.
  • 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. online.
  • 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; 2018; 2018;00:000–000.
  • 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 Sep;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
  • 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.
  • 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. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 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 Apr 18. 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 Mar 24;10:200-203. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.03.011. eCollection 2018 Jun.
  • 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 Feb;29(2):221-232. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0998-4. Epub 2017 Dec 27.
  • 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 Nov 6. doi: 10.1245/s10434-017-6211-x. [Epub ahead of print]
  • 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 Nov;27(11):739-748.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.10.002. Epub 2017 Oct 16.
  • 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. Journal of 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. American Journal of Surgery. 2017 Jun 29. pii: S0002-9610(17)30160-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.06.014. [Epub ahead of print].
  • 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. July 27 2017 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 Jun;22(6):497-505. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1311972. Epub 2017 Apr 25.
  • Javadi P, Sharma A, Zahnd WE, Jenkins WD. Evolving Disparities in the Epidemiology of Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Apr 8. doi: 10.1007/s10552-017-0889-8. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28391376.
  • 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 Mar;6(1):83-90. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2016.0028. Epub 2016 Jul 13.
  • 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. Journal of Cancer Education. 2017 Feb 27. doi: 10.1007/s13187-017-1196-5. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28243956.
  • 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 Aug;94:90-5. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2016.05.022. Epub 2016 May 20.
  • 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 Jun;65(6):390-7. PMID:27474820.
  • 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 Jun;31(2):268-71. doi: 10.1007/s13187-015-0816-1. PMID: 25820603.
  • 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 Oct 6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26439920.
  • 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 Jul 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26193050.
  • Alanee S, Clemons J, Zahnd W, Sadowski D, Dynda D. Trichloroethylene Is Associated with Kidney Cancer Mortality: A Population-based Analysis. Anticancer Res. 2015 Jul;35(7):4009-13. PMID: 26124349.
  • Mueller GS, Clayton AL, Zahnd WE, Hollenbeck KM, Barrow ME, Jenkins WD, Ruez DR Jr. Manuscript title: Geospatial Analysis of Cancer Risk and Residential Proximity to Coal Mines in Illinois. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2015 Oct;120:155-62. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2015.05.037. Epub 2015 Jun 11. Review. PMID: 26072196.
  • 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 Jun 15;5(7):2314-9. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26328263.
  • 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. Epub 2014 Dec 10. PMID: 25498569.
  • 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. Epub 2014 Jun 11. PMID: 24916951.
  • Jenkins WD, LeVault K, Sutcliffe S. Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection: Possible Cofactor for Oropharyngeal Cancer Development? Oral Oncol. 2015 Feb;51(2):e8-9. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2014.11.015. Epub 2014 Dec 12. No abstract available. PMID: 25500096.
  • 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. PMID: 26177345.
  • 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 Nov;23(6):739-44. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12248. Epub 2014 Oct 7. PMID: 25286964.
  • 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 Jun;46(6):1077-88. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000210. PMID: 24212124.
  • 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
  • Fogleman AJ, Zahnd WE, Lipka AE, Malhi RS, Ganai S, Delfino K5, Jenkins WD. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Barriers towards Genetic Testing across Three Rural Illinois Communities. 2019 Jul;10(3):417-423. Epub 2019 Jan 23. 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 Feb;56(2):298-302. Epub 2019 Oct 15. 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 Feb 17;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? Journal for 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 Jul;8(3):209-219. doi: 10.1007/s12687-017-0304-x. Epub 2017 May 5.
  • 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 Mar 1. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000534. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Jenkins WD, Lipka AE, Fogleman AJ, Delfino KR, Malhi RS, Hendricks B. Variance in Disease Risk: Rural Populations and Genetic Diversity. Genome. 2016 Jul;59(7):519-25. doi: 10.1139/gen-2016-0077. Epub 2016 May 24. Review.
Addressing Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • 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 Feb;46(1):49-60. Epub 2020 Jan 30.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 Jul;57(1):51-56. Epub 2019 May 22. 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. October 2019, 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;
  • 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, Journal of 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 Sep: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. [Epub ahead of print]
  • 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 Jul;88:86-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.03.020. Epub 2016 A.
  • Pearson WS, Gift TL, Leichliter JS, Jenkins WD. Differences in Treatment of Chlamydia Trachomatis by Ambulatory Care Setting. J Community Health. 2015 Dec;40(6):1115-21. doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0037-x. PMID: 25940936.
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:
  • 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:
Addressing Population Health
  • 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, September 2019, 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. Apr 2019;3(4):362–370.
  • 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.