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Aaron Buseh, PhD, MPH, MSN

Aaron Buseh, PhD, MPH, MSN

Associate Professor

aaronbg@uwm.edu
(414) 229-5462
Cunningham Hall 569

Dr. Aaron Buseh is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing. Originally from Liberia, West Africa, Dr. Buseh completed graduate training in nursing and public health. 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 World Health organization (WHO) Global Health Leadership Office (GHLO). Dr. Buseh completed his doctoral dissertation research in the area of sexual risk behaviors and HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescents 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 scholars developing and implementing community-based participatory research projects.

Dr. Buseh’s overall goal of his program of research has been to conduct population-based research defined as a multidisciplinary effort aimed at reducing the effects of health disparities within ethnic minority communities. Being an African émigré living in two worlds drives the passion for his scholarship. The zeal to further examine and understand why systems throughout the world are unequal was born early in his life, where he observed first hand (through his nursing experiences in Liberia), disproportionate numbers of infants and children dying from preventable diseases. Thus, his career path has been dominated by the need to understand disparities and lead in “leveling the playing field” in the healthcare system for those populations that do not receive fair and equitable distribution of health benefits; but instead bear a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality. In both developing countries and in the US, certain population groups face greater challenges than the general population in accessing needed health care services, putting them at greater risk of poor physical, psychological, and social health. Thus, through his research, he relentlessly focus on exploring and understanding existing and emerging causal and mediating factors related to health inequities and disparities. He does so on two fronts—local and global—relative to two subpopulations: urban African Americans and African immigrants/refugees who now live in the Midwest United States. To this end, his research has specifically focused on the exploration and investigation of socio-cultural factors and structural system barriers adversely impacting the health and quality of life of disadvantaged and ethnic minority populations; specifically through doing comparative examinations between sub-Saharan Africans, African immigrants/refugees, and urban African Americans in metropolitan Milwaukee.

His health disparities research for those living with HIV/AIDS focuses on multidimensional constructs such as: illness and symptom experiences, social stigma, sexual risk behaviors, disclosure within interpersonal relationships, barriers to health care, and quality of life determinants. To examine these issues, he utilizes community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) and mixed methods approaches that help to build advocacy and policy based capacities for partnering community-based organizations (CBOs).

Two years ago, he expanded the breadth of his research with extramural funding from the Wisconsin Genomic Initiative (WGI). He served as principal investigator for the project with the purpose of exploring and examining socio-cultural implications of ethnic minority participation in genetic and genomic research, specifically bio-banking. Genetics and genomics science are rapidly emerging fields in healthcare and present many ethical legal, social, and moral dilemmas such as conversion of one’s own personal physical data and information for capture and use in  privately owned and operated  genomic research warehouses. The acceleration and advancement of clinical research in this area is not commensurate with the public’s knowledge about emergent technologies. Comparable socio-cultural research within ethnic minority communities as related to both HIV/AIDS and genetics carries similar stigma. Such stigmatic complexities and experiences affect the intention of ethnic minorities to collectively participate in genetic studies including as well as their individual willingness to provide consent to other clinically-based research—including HIV/AIDS initiatives.

In addition, Dr. Buseh’s scholarship is driven by the need to mentor both undergraduate and graduate in nursing and other disciplines, both of whom hold interests in his areas of research.  Using the educational motif embodied within the core values of the nursing profession, Dr. Buseh customizes health disparity based research apprenticeships for students at both the graduate and undergraduate degree levels. He helps integrate and re-introduce these core values (especially those of social justice and autonomy) into their research focus. To that end, he have personally tutored, supervised, and guided students on their degree paths.  Findings his HIV/AIDS research communal genetics study have been widely disseminated at multiple high-profile scientific nursing, public health, and interdisciplinary conferences such as the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research and at the 2012 /2013/2014 Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference(s).  Dr. Buseh is chairperson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is recipient of multiple teaching, research, and alumni association awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Education

Ph D Nursing Science, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
MSN Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
MPH Public Health Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
BSN Nursing, Cuttington University
Other Nursing, Phebe Hospital School of Nursing

Awards & Honors

Alumni Day Award in Research
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing
April 10, 2013

Outstanding Achievement in Research Award
UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing; Annual Convocation
November 2011

2008 UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award
UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association
May 2008

Excellence in Education Award
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
December 2007

UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award
UW-Milwaukee
2007

Current Research

  1. A Model of Subjective Symptom Experience: Women Living with HIV/AIDS
    Manuscript under development
    Collaborators: Buseh, Aaron G; Plach, Sandra K; Stevens, Patricia
  2. Competing Continuation In-depth Longitudinal Study of HIV-Infected Women
    Collaborator: Buseh, Aaron G
  3. Exploring Future Nurses Attitudes and Beliefs Related to Childhood Obesity
    Collaborators: Snethen, Julia A; Buseh, Aaron G; Ruth
  4. Individual and Neighborhood Effects Associated with Stigma and Quality of Life among HIV-infected Urban African American Men
    Collaborators: Buseh, Aaron G; Stevens, Patricia
  5. Interpersonal and Attitudinal Factors Characterizing Patterns of Healthcare Utilization Among HIV-Infected Urban African American- Does it Matter?
    Collaborators: Buseh, Aaron G; Stevens, Patricia
  6. Subjective Illness Experience Narratives: Enhancing Understanding of Women Living with HIV Infection
    Manuscript
    Collaborators: Buseh, Aaron G; Plach, Sandra K; Stevens, Patricia
  7. Wisconsin Genomics Proposal
    Collaborators: Kunert, Mary P; Buseh, Aaron G; Lundeen, Sally P; Kako, Peninnah; Millon-Underwood, Sandra; Beth Peterman; Shakoor Lee; Jean Bell Calvin; Suzanne Feetham

Contracts & Grants

  1. Sustained Community Engagement in Genetics and Genomic Research to Improve Health and to Increase Health Equity
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: Marshfield Clinics Wisconsin Genetics Initiative/UWM Graduate School
    Investigator: Aaron G Buseh
  2. Individual and Community Environment Effects on HIV Stigma in HIV-Infected African American Men
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: UWM Research Growth Initiative
    Investigators: Patricia Stevens,  Aaron G Buseh
  3. Individual and Environment Effects of HIV Stigma in HIV-Infected African American Men
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: UWM Graduate School Research Services and Administration Research Growth Initiative Award
    Investigator: Aaron G Buseh

Intellectual Contributions

  1. Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens,  M. Bromberg,  S. T. Kelber,  (2015) The Ebola epidemic in West Africa: Challenges, opportunities, and policy priority areas., Nursing Outlook, 63(1), 30-40
  2. Julia A Snethen,  Ruth A Treisman,  Aaron G Buseh,  S T Kelber,  (2014) Exploring future nurses' attitudes and beliefs related to childhood overweight, Journal of Nursing Education, 53(9, Suppl.), S101-S105
  3. Aaron G Buseh,  S T Kelber,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  L Townsend,  (2014) Knowledge, group-based medical mistrust, future expectations, and perceived disadvantages of medical genetic testing: Perspectives of black African immigrants/refugees., Public Health Genomics, 17(1), 33-42
  4. Aaron G Buseh, (2014) Qualitative insights from urban black men living with HIV/AIDS, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 7(Special Issue 6), 1-16
  5. Aaron G Buseh, (2014) Perspectives on Ebola outbreak in West Africa, National Radio Program "The World Today"
  6. Aaron G Buseh, (2014) "You do worry" UWM Professor eyes Ebola outbreak with great interest, Fox 6 News- Interview
  7. Aaron G Buseh, (2014) Professor's Ebola response inspired by anxiety, advocacy, need for global health equity,
  8. Aaron G Buseh, (2014) UWM Professor and Liberia Native talks Ebola concern, CBS 58 News- Interview
  9. Aaron G Buseh, (2013) An open invitation: On creating communal, equitable discourse to broaden participation in genetics research, The Scientist, 27(12) 28-29
  10. Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  L Townsend,  S T Kelber,  (2013) Black African immigrant community leaders' views on participation in genomics research and DNA biobanking., Nursing Outlook, 61(4), 196-204
  11. Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  L. Townsend,  S. T. Kelber,  (2013) Community leaders' perspectives on engaging African Americans in biobanks and other human genetics initiatives, Journal of Community Genetics, 4(4), 483-494
  12. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens,  L. Townsend,  S. T. Kelber,  (2013) Reflections and perspectives of African-American community leaders regarding genetics and genomic research: Sentiment and wisdom of Sankofa., Journal of the Black Nurses Association, 24(1), 16-23
  13. Aaron G Buseh, (2013) Genetic research among ethnic minorities: A question of trust, Today @ UWM- interview
  14. Aaron G Buseh,  S. T. Kelber,  C. G. Park,  Patricia Stevens,  (2012) Neighborhood social disorder and stigma associated with quality of life among urban HIV positive African American men: A mediation model, Journal of the National Black Nurses Association, 23(2), 1-8
  15. Aaron G Buseh,  S T Kelber,  C G Park,  Patricia Stevens,  (2009) Interpersonal and attitudinal factors in healthcare utilization among HIV-infected urban African American men, Challenge: A Journal on African American Men, 16(1), 1-18
  16. Aaron G Buseh, (2008) Empowering Resilience: Improving Health Care Delivery in War-Impacted African Countries a Case Study of Liberia, University Press of America, 280
  17. Aaron G Buseh, (2008) Swaziland: A Cultural Health Assessment, C. D'Avanzo (Ed.) Mosby's Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment 4th ed, 676-681
  18. Aaron G Buseh,  S. T. Kelber,  P. E. Stevens,  C. G. Park,  (2008) The relationship of symptoms, perceived health, and stigma with quality of life among urban HIV-infected African American men., Public Health Nursing, 25(5), 409-19
  19. Aaron G Buseh,  S. T. Kelber,  C. G. Park,  P. E. Stevens,  (2007) Impact of personal and structural factors on health related quality of life in urban HIV-infected African American males., Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men, 12(2), 15-29
  20. Aaron G Buseh,  P. E. Stevens,  P. McManus,  J. Addison,  Sarah Morgan,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  (2006) Challenges and opportunities for HIV prevention and care: Insights from focus groups of HIV-infected African American men., Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 17(4), 3-15
  21. Aaron G Buseh,  P. E. Stevens,  (2006) Constrained but not determined by stigma: Resistance by African American women living with HIV., Women and Health, 44(3), 1-18
  22. Aaron G Buseh,  C. G. Park,  P. E. Stevens,  B. J. McElmurry,  S. T. Kelber,  (2006) HIV/AIDS stigmatizing attitudes among young people in Swaziland: Individual and enviromental factors., Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth, 7(1), 97-120
  23. Aaron G Buseh,  S. T. Kelber,  Jeanne Hewitt,  P. E. Stevens,  C. G. Park,  (2006) Perceived stigma, self-rated health, and life satisfaction: Experiences of urban African American men living with HIV/AIDS., International Journal of Men's Health, 5(1), 35-51
  24. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. K. Canales,  B. Powe,  B. Dockery,  T. Kather,  N. Kent,  (2005) Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part 2, Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(1), 31-47
  25. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. K. Canales,  B. Powe,  B. Dockery,  T. Kather,  N. Kent,  (2005) Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part III., Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 16(2), 35-59
  26. Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. K. Canales,  B. Powe,  B. Dockery,  T. Kather,  N. Kent,  (2004) Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research. Part 1., Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 15(1), 48-62
  27. Aaron G Buseh, (2004) Patterns of sexual behaviour among secondary school students in Swaziland, southern Africa., Culture, Health, & Sexuality, 6(4), 355-367
  28. B. J. McElmurry,  S. J. Misner,  Aaron G Buseh,  (2003) Minority international research training program: Global collaboration in nursing research., Journal of Professional Nursing, 19(1), 22-31
  29. B. J. McElmurry,  C. G. Park,  Aaron G Buseh,  (2003) The nurse-community health advocate team for urban immigrant primary health care., Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 35(3), 275-281
  30. Aaron G Buseh,  Laurie K. Glass,  B. J. McElmurry,  (2002) Cultural and gender issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention in rural Swaziland: A focus group analysis., Health Care for Women International, 23(2), 173-184
  31. Aaron G Buseh,  Laurie K. Glass,  B. J. McElmurry,  M. Mkhabela,  N. A. Sukati,  (2002) Primary and preferred sources for HIV/AIDS and sexual risk behavior information among adolescents in Swaziland, Southern Africa., International Journal of Nursing Studies, 39(5), 525-538
  32. B. J. McElmurry,  Aaron G Buseh,  M. Dublin,  (1999) Health education program to control asthma in multiethnic, low-income urban communities: The Chicago Health Corps Asthma Program., Chest, 116(4, Suppl. 1), 198S-199S

Presentations

  1. Effects of Stigma, Disclosure, Emotional Health and Relationship with Healthcare Providers Relative to Quality of Life among Urban HIV-infected African American men
    Event: Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees Conference
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    December 2014
  2. Barriers, Enablers and Strategies for Increasing Participation in Medical Genetic Research and Biobanking: Perspectives of Black African Immigrants/Refugees
    Event: 142nd Annual Meeting Exposition
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  L. Townsend
    November 2014
  3. Taking out the suit and tie: The ethics of genomics research within ethnic minority communities
    Event: Second Annual Genomics and Ethics Symposium
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    May 2014
  4. Knowledge and Future Expectations about Medical Genetics and Use of Genetic Information Among Black African Immigrants/Refugees
    Event: 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  L. Townsend
    November 2013
  5. Exploration of Potential Benefits and Disadvantages of Medical Genetics Research and Biobanking: Perspectives of Black African Immigrant/Refugees
    Event: 42nd Biennial Convention- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  L. Townsend
    November 2013
  6. Private and public accounts of health and illness: Narratives of urban HIV-infected African American men
    Event: 42nd Biennial Convention- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    November 2013
  7. Knowledge, Perceived Disadvantage and Future Expectations of Medical Genetics Research Among Urban African Americans
    Event: Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health: Advance Research Policy and Practice
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Candance Doerr-Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  L. Townsend
    June 2013
  8. Negotiating and Managing Disclosure: Self-disclosure Patterns of HIV Positive Status among Urban HIV-infected African American Men
    Event: Annual Research Meeting of Academy Health: Advance Research Policy and Practice
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    June 2013
  9. Minority Community Engagement in Genetics and Genomic Research: Perspectives of Urban Black Community Leaders
    Event: 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  L. Townsend
    October 2012
  10. Educating for Humanity in the 21st Century: Training Healthcare Workers to Address the Human Resources Crisis and Health Disparities in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Event: 13th Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium- Dr. Beverly McElmurry Legacy Panel
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    September 2012
  11. Community engagement in genetics/genomics research: Perspectives of urban African immigrants/refugees in US diaspora
    Event: State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  L. Townsend
    September 2012
  12. Disclosure Decisions: Strategies Used in Disclosing HIV Status in Interpersonal Relationships amoung Urban HIV-infected African American Men
    Event: XIX International AIDS Conference
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber,  N. Nyugen
    July 2012
  13. Negotiating and Managing Disclosure: Privacy Protection and Self-disclosure Patterns of HIV Positive Status among Urban HIV-infected African American Men
    Event: The 24th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    June 2012
  14. Attitudes and perceptions of Black community leaders towards participation in genetics and genomics research
    Event: Building Bridges to Research-based Nursing Practice Conference
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Sandra Millon-Underwood,  L. Townsend,  Patricia Stevens,  S.T. Kelber
    May 2012
  15. Private and public accounts of health and illness: Narratives of urban HIV-infected African American men
    Event: 23rd Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    2011
  16. Neighborhood Effects and Perceived Stigma Associated with Quality of Life among Urban HIV-infected African American Men
    Event: National HIV Prevention Conference- The Urgency of Now: Reduce incidence. Improve access. Promote equity.
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  S.T. Kelber,  C.G. Park,  Patricia Stevens
    2011
  17. Individual and Neighborhood Effects Associated with Stigma and Quality of Life among HIV-infected Urban African American Men
    Event: Academy Health Policy Annual Research Conference
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    June 27, 2010
  18. Private Suffering Versus Public Symptoms: Illness Narratives from HIV-Infected African American Men
    Event: The Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2010)
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens
    May 26, 2010
  19. Ethnic and Gender Disparities in HIV Risk
    Event: Center for AIDS Research Post Doctoral Fellows Research Seminar Series 2008
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    November 6, 2008
  20. Global Climate Change and its Effects on Health and Social Well-Being of Populations
    Event: 2008 Wisconsin Nurses Association, Environmental Health Nursing Coalition Pre-Conference "Moving from Local to Global: Health and Climate Change"
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    October 16, 2008
  21. Symptom Prevalence, Perceptions of Health, and Social Stigma on Health-Related Quality of Life Among Urban HIV-Infected African American Men
    Event: The Center for Addiction and Behavorial Health Research
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  S.T. Kelber,  C.G. Park,  Patricia Stevens
    October 26, 2007
  22. Private Suffering Versus Public Symptoms: Narratives from a Sample of HIV-infected African American Women
    Event: The 5th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  Patricia Stevens
    July 2007
  23. Impact of Civil Conflicts on Public Health and Health Care Systems
    Event: Global Studies Summer Institute "Peace and Conflict: Global to Local Connections in Teaching and Learning
    Presenter: Aaron G Buseh
    July 27, 2007
  24. Symptom Prevalence, Experience and Functional Status Among Urban HIV-infected African American Men
    Event: Midwest Nursing Research Society 30th Annual Conference
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  S.T. Kelber,  C.G. Park,  Patricia Stevens
    March 2007
  25. Social Stigma, Provider Engagement, and Health Related Quality of Life Among HIV-infected African American Men
    Event: 34th Annual Institute and Conference of the National Black Nurses Association/ Promoting Improved Patient Health Outcomes by Integrating Nursing Education, Research, and Practice
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  S. Kelber,  C.G. Park,  Patricia Stevens
    August 14, 2006
  26. Contextual and Health Systems Factors on Health Related Quality of LIfe of HIV-infected Urban African American Men
    Event: Annual Research Meeting and Conference of Academy Health
    Presenters: Aaron G Buseh,  S T Kelber,  C G Park,  Patricia Stevens
    June 2006

Contact

aaronbg@uwm.edu
(414) 229-5462
Cunningham Hall 569

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