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Associate Professor

Lee Bone, MPH '77, RN, is a community-driven trailblazer and a fearless silo-buster for sustainable change in the context of urban health and chronic disease.

Contact Info

HAMPTON HOUSE 608, 624 North Broadway

Research Interests

cancer prevention and treatment; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); cardiovascular disease; comunity-based health promotion programs; community-based participatory research; community health workers; diabetes; disparities research; evaluation and sustainability; health communication/education; health services research and policy; prevention of youth violence; tobacco control
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University
Columbia University
Professor Bone’s research, service, and education interests include community-based participatory research, community-academic practice partnerships, intervention, evaluation, and sustainability strategies that incorporate multi-disciplinary collaborative partners. She seeks to maximize health and social service systems and collective actions to address social determinants in the context of social equity and justice. She also endeavors to optimize student exposure to community health. Her research is focused on adult health in urban African-American communities as it pertains to mental health, chronic disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases such as COPD and related risk factors (e.g., high blood pressure, tobacco, obesity), diabetes, as well as cancer screening and treatment.

As part of her efforts, Professor Bone works with groups of faculty members from the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing as well as the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research partners also include relevant community-based organizations and institutions (e.g. churches, schools, and local governmental agencies). An important component of much of her research is increasing the impact and sustainability of community health workers (CHWs) who serve as team members, study recruiters, interviewers, and interventionists. Her current projects include enhancing community policing and introducing strategies to improve Long Term Care accountability in context of COVID-19.
Honors & Awards
2021 Community Champion Award
2012 Johns Hopkins University Crenson-Hertz Award for Community Based Learning and Participatory Research
2011 American Public Health Association Tom Bruce Award in Community Based
1993 Johns Hopkins University Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service.
1982 Certificate of Appreciation, State of Maryland for Outstanding Leadership and Dedicated Services to High Blood Pressure Control.
1982 Certificate of Appreciation, East Baltimore Community Hypertension Program.
1987 Certificate of Appreciation, State of Maryland Governors Commission on Black and Minority Health: Task Force of Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer and Other Leading Causes of Minority Morbidity and Mortality.
Select Publications
Selected publications from the last 15 years
  • Han H-R, Xu A, Mendez KJW, et al. Exploring community engaged research experiences and preferences: a multi-level qualitative investigation. Res Involv Engagem. 2021;7(1):19. doi:10.1186/s40900-021-00261-6
  • Ibe CA, Alvarez C, Carson KA, et al. Social Determinants of Health as Potential Influencers of a Collaborative Care Intervention for Patients with Hypertension. Ethn Dis. 2021;31(1):47-56. doi:10.18865/ed.31.1.47
  • Boulware LE, Ephraim PL, Hill-Briggs F, et al. Hypertension Self-management in Socially Disadvantaged African Americans: the Achieving Blood Pressure Control Together (ACT) Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial. J GEN INTERN MED. 2020;35(1):142-152. doi:10.1007/s11606-019-05396-7
  • Wu AW, Hwang S, Weston CM, et al. Baltimore CONNECT: A Randomized Trial to Build Partnership Between Community Organizations and a Local Health System. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. 2018;12(3):297-306. doi:10.1353/cpr.2018.0054
  • Hill-Briggs Felicia, Batts-Turner Marian, Gary TL, et al. Training Community Health Workers as Diabetes Educators for Urban African Americans: Value Added Using Participatory Methods. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2007;1(2):185-194. doi:10.1353/cpr.2007.0008
Cancer Prevention in African-American Young Adults
Barriers to Smoking Cessation in Inner-City African American Young Adults
Urban African-American Community's Response to Tobacco Control Policies: Acquisition of cigarettes among 18-24 year olds