Leonard Jack, Jr., PhD, MSc
Distinguished Adjunct Professor
Public Health Sciences Department
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125-1098
(504) 520-5345 (phone)
Dr. Leonard Jack, Jr., currently serves as Director, Center for Health Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education; Endowed Chair of Minority Health; and Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Services in the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana.  He was recently appointed Chair of the university newly established Department of Public Health Sciences.  Prior to his employment at Xavier University of Louisiana, Dr. Jack held the Jim Finks Endowed Chair of Health Promotion and was Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health.  Dr. Jack also served as Associate Dean (the Dean) of the School of Health Sciences and Interim Chair, Department of Behavioral and Environmental Sciences at Jackson State University.  He worked for 14 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as Team Leader of Applied Behavioral Research, Epidemiology, and Evaluation; and Chief of Community Intervention in the Division of Diabetes Translation. His areas of research and public health practice include: psychosocial aspects of disease management, health disparities, men’s health, family, and community-based research.  Dr. Jack has several years of teaching experience and has held numerous research/professional positions.  He has delivered over 95 professional presentations and published over 80 peer reviewed publications and or book chapters.  He serves on several editorial boards of peer reviewed journals and is Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Practice Journal.  Dr. Jack is Editor and contributing author of his recently published book, “Diabetes in Black America: Public Health and Clinical Solutions to a National Crisis”.  He also served as Editor of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing seven chapter study guide, The Health Education Specialists: A Companion Guide for Professional Excellence, 6th Edition.
Offer Affiliations
  • Professor, Clinical and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Director, Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education
  • Endowed Chair of Minority Health & Health Disparities, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Professor (Adjunct), Department of Community Health and Prevention Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Professor (Adjunct), Global Community Health and Behavioral Science
  • Editor-in-Chief, Health Promotion Practice
Selected Publications

Jack, Jr., L., Airhihenbuwa, C.O. (1992). The Impact of Selected Independent Variables on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors among African-American School-Aged Youth. Wellness Perspective: Research, Theory and Practice, 9(1): 3-13.
Jack, Jr., L., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Murphy, F., Thompson-Reid, P., Dickson-Smith, J., Wheathly, B. (1994). Cancer among Low-Income African-Americans:  Implications for Culture and Community-Based Health Promotion. Wellness Perspective: Research, Theory and Practice, 9(4): 57-68.

Jack, Jr., L., Kean, T. (1995). Public Education Intervention Strategies for Breast and Cervical Cancers (Editorial). Wellness Perspective: Research, Theory and Practice, 11(2 Suppl): 6-8.

Liburd, L., C., Anderson, L.A., Edgar, T., Jack, Jr., L. (1999). Body Size and Body Shape: Perceptions of Black Women with Diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 25(3): 382-388.

Jack, Jr., L., Liburd, L., Vinicor, F., Brody, G., McBride, V. (1999). The Influence of the Environmental Context on Diabetes Self-Management: A Rationale for Developing a New Research Paradigm in Diabetes Education. The Diabetes Educator, 25(5): 775-790.

Brody, G, H., Jack, Jr., L., McBride-Murry, V., Landers-Potts, M., Liburd, L. (2001). A Heuristic Model Linking Contextual Processes to Self-Management of Diabetes Type 2 among African-American Adults: Implications for Patient Education and Counseling. Diabetes Educator, 27(5): 17-21.

Schillinger, J.A., Mosbaek, C., Austin, D., Jack, Jr., L., Heumann, M., Moore, J., Bussman, J., Van Osdal, J., Fleming, D.W. (2000). Health Care Reform in Oregon:  The Impact of the Oregon Health Plan on Utilization of Mammography. American  Journal of Preventive Medicine, 18(1): 11-17.

Jack, Jr., L., Liburd, L. (2000). Race, Ethnicity and Diabetes Care: Where to From Here? Diabetes Educator, 26(1): 91-93.

Peyrot, M., Rubin, R., Anderson, B., Beebe, C.B., Berkowitz, K., Charron-Prochownik, F.M., Jack, Jr., L., Nettles, A., Polonsky, W., Steil, C., Walker, E. (2001). A Research Agenda for the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Diabetes Educator, 27(6): 899-907.

Norris, S., Messina, P., Caspersen, C., Engelgau, M., Jack, Jr., L., Riccio, K. (2001). Strategies for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Diabetes Mellitus through Self-Management Training and Health Care System Interventions. Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, 50 (RR-16), September.

Norris, S., Messina, P., Caspersen, C., Glasgow, R., Engelgau, M., Jack, Jr., L., Isham, G., Snyder, S., Carande-Kulis, V. Garfield, S., Briss, P., McCulloch, D., &  The Task Force on Community Preventive Services. (2002). Increasing Diabetes  Self-Management Education in Community Settings: A Systematic Review.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 22(4 Suppl): 39-66.

Norris, S., Messina, P., Caspersen, C., Glasgow, R., Engelgau, M., Jack, Jr., L., Isham, G., Snyder, S., Carande-Kulis, V. Garfield, S., Briss, P., McCulloch, D. and  The Task Force on Community Preventive Services. (2002). The Effectiveness of Disease and Case Management for People with Diabetes: A Systematic Review.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 22(4 Suppl): 15-38.

Jack, Jr., L., Satterfield, D., Owens, M., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Lester, A. (2002).  Cultural Sensitivity: Definition, Application and Recommendations for Diabetes Educators. Diabetes Educator, 28(6): 992-925.

Jack, Jr., L., Sokler, L.A., Squiers, L., Mitchell, P. (2003). The National Diabetes Flu Campaign: An Evaluation of Campaign Relevancy, Partnerships and Media Relations. Journal of Public Health Management and Practices, 9(Suppl): S64-S69.

Jack, Jr., L. (2003). Diabetes Self-Management Education Research: An International Review of Intervention Methods, Theories, Community Partnerships and Outcomes. Disease Management and Health Outcomes, 11(7): 415-428.

Jack, Jr., L., Venkat, N., Satterfield, D., Lanza, A. (2003). Public Health Approaches in Diabetes Prevention and Control (Editorial). Journal of Public  Health Management and Practice, 9(Suppl): S5-S7.

Albright, A., Satterfield, D., Broussard, B., Jack, Jr., L., Mikami, J., Perez, G., Rendon A.R. (2003). Diabetes Community Health Workers: AADE Position  Statement. Diabetes Educator, 29(5): 818-823.

Bowman, B., Gregg, E., Desmond, G., Engelgau, M., Jack, Jr., L. (2003). The Science of Primary and Secondary Prevention to Inform the Public Health Response to Diabetes. Journal of Public Health Management and Practices, 9 (Suppl): S8-14.

Damond, M., Winter, A., Jack, Jr., L., Cropper, D., Londono, M., Stoddard, R. (2003). Mobolizing Communities: Local Applications of the Diabetes Today National Training Center Project Model. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 9(Suppl): S15-S18.

Jack, Jr., L. (2003). Biopsychosocial Factors Affecting Metabolic Control among Female Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum, 1(3): 154-159.

Jack, Jr., L., Airhihenbuwa, C.O., Namageyo-Funa, A., Owens, M, Vinicor, F.(2004). The Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Care. Geriatrics, 59(5): 26-31.

Jack, Jr., L., Boseman, L., Vinicor, F. (2004). Aging Americans and Diabetes: A Public Health and Clinical Response. Geriatrics, 59(4): 14-16.

Jack, Jr., L., Liburd, L., Spencer, T, Airhihenbuwa, C.O. (2004). Understanding Environmental Issues in Diabetes Self-Management Education Research: A Reexamination of Eight Studies in Community-Based Settings. Annals of Internal Medicine, 140(11 Suppl): 964-971.

Vinicor, F., Jack, Jr., L. (2004). 25 Years of Diabetes Prevention and Control Efforts in the United States: CDC Identifies Public Health Opportunities and Challenges (Editorial). Annals of Internal Medicine, 943-944.

Liburd, L., Namageyo-Funa, A., Jack, Jr., L., Gregg, E. (2004). Illness Narratives of African American Men with Type 2 Diabetes: “I’m Going to Handle It; It’s Not Going to Handle Me”. Diabetes Spectrum, 17(4): 219-224.

Jack, Jr., L. (2004). Diabetes and Men’s Health Issues (Editorial). Diabetes Spectrum, 17(4): 206-208.

Jack, Jr., L. (2005). Beyond Lifestyle Interventions in Diabetes: A Rationale for Public and Economic Policies to Intervene on Social Determinants of Health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 11(4): 352-355.

Jack, Jr., L. (2005). Towards a Men’s Health Research Agenda in Health Education: Examining Gender, Sex Roles and Health Seeking Behaviors in Context. American Journal of Health Education, 36(5): 309-312.

Amour, T., Norris, S., Jack, Jr., L., Zhang, X., and Fisher, L. (2005). The effectiveness of Family Interventions in People with Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review. Diabetic Medicine, 22, 1295-1305.

Liburd, L., Jack, Jr., L., Williams, S., Tucker, P. (2005). Intervening on the Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 29(5S1):18-24.

Jack, Jr., L. (2005). A  Candid Conversation about men, sexual health, and diabetes. The Diabetes Educator, 31(6): 810-817.         

Mukhtar, Q., Pan, L., Jack, Jr., L., Murphy, D. (2005). Prevalence of receiving multiple preventive-care services among adults with diabetes—United States, 2002-2004. Mortality and Morbidity Reports, 54(42): 1130-1133.

Jack, Jr., L., Mukhtar, Q., Martin, M., Rivera, M., Lavinghouze, R., Jernigan, J., Murphy, D., Siegal, P., Heath, G. (2005). Program Evaluation and Chronic Diseases. Preventing Chronic Diseases: Public Health Research, Practice and  Policy, 3(1), 1-7. Available at: [

Mukhtar, Q., Jack, Jr., L., Murphy, D., Martin, M., Rivera, M. (2005). An Update on the National Diabetes Prevention and Control Program’s Progress in Achieving the Diabetes National Objectives. Preventing Chronic Diseases: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, 3(1): 1-13. Available at:  [].

Balamurugan, A., Rivera, M., Jack, Jr., L., Allen, K., Morris, S. (2005). Barriers to Diabetes Self-management Education Programs in Underserved Rural Arkansas:   Implications for Program Evaluation. Preventing Chronic Diseases: Public Health  Research, Practice and Policy, 3(1): 1-8. Available at:

Norris, S.L., Chowdhury, F.M., Van Le, K., Horsley, T., Brownstein, J.N., Zhang, X., Jack, Jr., L., Satterfield, D. (2006). Effectiveness of Community Health Workers in the Care of Persons with Diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 23(5): 544-556.

Rice, D., Jack, Jr., L. (2006). Use of an Assessment Tool to Enhance Diabetes Educators’ Ability to Identify Erectile Dysfunction. The Diabetes Educator, 32(3): 373-380.

Goodman, R.M., Seunghyun, Y., Jack, Jr., L. (2006). Applying community-based approaches in diabetes prevention: rationale, principles, and models. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 12(6): 545-555.

Jack, Jr., L., Satterfield, D., Rodriquez, B., Liburd, L., Rivera, M., Lester, A., Burley,  L., Shane-McWhorter, L., Kriska, A. (2007). Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education: Recommendations for Diabetes Educators. The Diabetes Educator,  33(1): 41-44.

 Liburd, L., Namageyo-Funa, A., Jack, Jr., L. (2007). African-American men, masculinity,’ and the challenges of type 2 diabetes: An anthropological perspective. Journal of the National Medical Association, 99(5): 550-558.

Brownstein, J.N., Chowdhury, F.M., Norris, S.L., Horsley, T., Jack, Jr., L., Zhang,  X., Satterfield, D. (2007). Effectiveness of Community Health Workers in the Care of People with Hypertension. Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32(5): 435-447.

Jack, Jr., L. (2007). Thinking Aloud About Poverty and Health in Mississippi. reventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy.  [ 0002.htm].

Jack, Jr., L. (2007).Exploring Healthy Coping Behaviors in Diabetes Self-Management. Diabetes Educator, 33(6): 1104-1106.

Jack, Jr., L., Hayes, S.C., Wilson, V. (2009). Social Inequalities in Mississippi: A Call to Action. Journal of Public Health Management, 15(2): 167-172.

Rice, D., Brannigan R., Campbell, R., Fine, S., Jack, Jr., L., Nelson, J., Klich, J.  (2009).  Men’s Health, Low T, and Diabetes: Customized Treatment, A  Multidisciplinary Approach.  Diabetes Educators, Suppl 5:97S-112S.

Fagen, M.C., Reed, E., Kaye, J.W., Jack, Jr., L. (2009). Advocacy Evaluation:  What Is It and Where to Find Out More About It?  Health Promotion Practice, 10(14): 482-484.

Tseng, T.S., Bastida, E., McKeever, C., Jack, Jr., L. (2010). Ethics and Community-Based Participatory Research: Perspectives from the Field. Health Promotion Practice, 10(3): 16-20. 

Jack, Jr., L., Hayes, S., Scharalda, J., Jack, N., Stetson, B., Kirchain, W., Valliere, M., LeBlanc, C. (2010). Appraising Published Quantitative Research: Guidelines for Health Education and Promotion. Health Promotion Practice, 11(2): 161-165.

Jack, Jr., L., Tyson, T., Jack, N., Sims, M. (2010). A Gender-Centered Ecological Framework Targeting Black Men Living with Diabetes: Integrating a “Masculinity” Perspective in Diabetes Management and Education Research.  American Journal of Men’s Health,4(1): 7-15.

Jack, Jr., L. (2010).  Health Promotion Practice: Health Promotion Practice and The Next Five Years: Thoughts From the Incoming Editor-in-Chief. Health Promotion Practice, 11(1): 5-6.

Jeanfreau, S. Jack, Jr., L. (2010).  Appraising Qualitative Research in Health Education:  Guidelines for Public Health Educators.  Health Promotion Practice, 11(5): 612-617.

Stetson, B., Ruggiero, L., and Jack, Jr., L.  (2010). Strategies for Improving the Acquisition and Integration of Evidence into Diabetes Care.  Diabetes Spectrum, 23(4): 246-253.


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