PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MPH, University of Illinois-Chicago
MSN, University of Illinois-Chicago
BSN, Cuttington University, Liberia
An indigenous Liberian now residing in the United States, Dr. Buseh joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) as a tenured-track faculty in 2001 following the completion of the doctor of philosophy degree in nursing science. He has over 15 years of experience in nursing and public health sciences. During his doctoral studies, he received the John E. Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Fellowship sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing WHO Global Health Leadership Office (GHLO). The MIRT Fellowship allowed Dr. Buseh to complete his doctoral dissertation research in the area of sexual risk behaviors and HIV/AIDS prevention in Swaziland, Southern Africa. Prior to joining the faculty at UWM, Dr. Buseh served as Visiting Research Specialist in Health Sciences at the GHLO at UIC where he collaborated with other researchers on multiple primary health care and community participatory research projects.
Dr. Buseh's areas of research and expertise span local, national, and international levels with focus on delineating factors associated with HIV/AIDS prevention, social stigma, quality of life, and structural barriers associated with health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa and the African American Community in the United States. Dr. Buseh is a popular lecturer in formal academic settings, conferences, as well as in community-based settings on health disparities and sustainable development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
Funded Research Support
Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Nu Chapter & Harriet H. Werley Faculty Research Award (UWM College of Nursing). Buseh & Stevens. Project Title: Everyday Life with HIV/AIDS: The Experiences of African American Men in Wisconsin. 6/1/03-12/31/04, $2,500. This study used a cross-sectional design incorporating methodological triangulated approach to examine the everyday life experiences of African American men living with HIV/AIDS.
DHHS PHS NIH NINR R01NR04840-01A1 & R01NR04840-01A1S1/03S1 (Stevens, P. Principal Investigator/Buseh, A. Co-Investigator). Project Title: In-Depth Longitudinal Study of HIV-Infected Women. 6/1/00-2/28/04 & 3/1/04-2/28/05, $1,580,322. The purpose of this study was to develop an in-depth understanding of HIV-infected women and their health needs in the context of their daily lives, examining the impact of having HIV and the actions women take in light of the complex realities of their gendered relationships, family obligations, economic struggles, socio-cultural environments, and concomitant conditions. The P.I. and research team have generated several presentations and manuscripts from this project.
UWM Graduate School Research Committee Award. Buseh, A. (Principal Investigator). Project Title: Stigma Experienced by Women Living with HIV/AIDS Along the Wellness-Illness Continuum. 7/1/02-6/30/03, $14,592. HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination threaten the effectiveness of prevention and care programs. Fear, ignorance, and denial lead people to react to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in ways that can have negative effects on individuals, families, and communities. Those at risk or already infected may not seek prevention and care services for fear of being stigmatized by service providers or their community. The purpose of this study is to explore the levels of stigma experienced (perceived and enacted) by a sub-sample of African American women and the management strategies used by the women and how it affects them across the wellness-illness continuum. Project completed and a manuscript was published in Women & Health.
U-Illinois, Chicago P/C DHHS PHS NIH FIC T37TWO0057-04 (McElmurry, B.J. [P.I]), 6/15/98-8/14/98, $7,700, Research Fellow. Minority International Research Fellowship in Swaziland, Southern Africa. The specific aim of this research training program is to advance primary health care nursing research that addresses the health disparities among under-served population groups in the USA or in developing countries. The purposes of this fellowship were to: (a) obtain qualitative information on participants’ knowledge, awareness, and perceived seriousness of HIV/AIDS; (b) understand the influence of cultural and gender norms on the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as prevention of infections; and (c) explore the feasibility of using existing resources and groups (e.g., local women’s group) as vehicles for the initiation of AIDS prevention programs.
UWM School of Nursing Harriet H. Werley Doctoral Student Research Award,(Buseh, A.G. [P.I.]), Project Title: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Adolescents: A Survey of Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Sexual Behavior Among Secondary School Students in Swaziland, Southern Africa. 5/1/99-4/30/00, $1,000(dissertation). The purposes of this study were to assess HIV/AIDS and sexual risk behaviors among secondary school students in Swaziland, Southern Africa, and to obtain information from principals of the four participating schools on institutional, community, and cultural characteristics that might have some bearing on young peoples’ exposure to HIV/AIDS risk factors.
Current and Ongoing Projects
UWM Graduate School Research Growth Initiative (RGI) Award. Buseh, A. (Principal Investigator), Stevens, P. (Co-Investigator), Project Title: Individual and Environment Effects of HIV Stigma in HIV-Infected African American Men. 9/1/06-8/31/08, $104, 546. This project develops and tests a model about the pathways of influence between individual factors and community environment factors in the experience of HIV stigma among HIV-infected African American men.