Dr. Telfair is Professor of Public Health Research and Practice and Director of the UNCG Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation. He currently serves as Project Director for both the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Project’s National Coordinating Center/RTI and the Newborn Screening Initiative National Coordinating and Evaluation Center, both funded by HRSA. Dr. Telfair has worked on practice, cultural, ethical, educational, transition and adult care, community-based participatory research and social issues specific to genetics and sickle cell disease for more than 25 years. He also focuses on health care issues for the poor, rural, and multi-cultural/multi-ethnic populations and advocacy for patients with chronic diseases. Dr. Telfair had extensive experience as a social worker, social work consultant, program evaluator, and planning consultant before working as an assistant professor of Maternal and Child Health, co-director of the Public Health Social Work Program, and faculty associate of the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He served as an associate director for the Division of Policy and Ethics, Duke/UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program. Previously, he was Maternal and Child Associate Professor and Scholar with the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and Scientist with the Center for Health Promotion, all in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Among many others, his expertise and areas of interests include community-based and community-oriented program evaluation and research; community-based translational research with community-based practitioners and related interdisciplinary professionals; culturally competent research and evaluation; health practice research, program evaluation at the local and national levels and policy issues of women, teens and children with chronic conditions (and their families); evaluation community-based risky behavior (drug, sexual behaviors) prevention programs for teens and adults; issues of access to, and utilization of, health care and other services for the poor, diverse and at-risk populations and persons in rural areas; and social and community aspects of HIV/AIDS Research and evaluation (Domestic/International)and the application to and practice of genetics in public. Dr. currently serves as Director of the two HRSA funded national sickle cell disease coordination and data centers and Co-Investigator of an NCI R25 on the Prevention of Breast and Cervical cancer Among Latinas. Dr. Telfair has served as both a reviewer and chair of grant advisory panels for numerous national agencies including NIH, HRSA, DHHS (OPA, AHRQ) and CDC. Dr. Telfair is recent member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. He has devoted his career to research, teaching, and practice in the areas of social epidemiology, cultural and linguistic competency, public health genetics, elimination of health disparities, community-based and rural health practice, program evaluation, and policy issues concerning women, adolescents and children with chronic conditions. As an Investigator and Evaluator on numerous projects and as Director of the UNCG Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation (CSCHRE), Dr. Telfair provides strong leadership and a unique skill set to the UNCG Community.