Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
Center for AIDS Research
Dr. Henna Budhwani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, holds a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology and an M.P.H. in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Budhwani works closely with community partners in the United States and abroad who are interested in improving health outcomes through public health practice. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests include health disparities, with an emphasis on immigrant and minority health, and international health, specifically in the areas of reproductive and sexual health.
Prior to joining UAB (July 2013), Dr. Budhwani worked in East Africa and the Middle East in program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to assist international NGOs reach vulnerable populations. Dr. Budhwani has worked domestically, most recently with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and its subsidiary Cahaba Safeguard Administrators as Senior Statistician evaluating health outcomes, program effectiveness, and identifying fraud, waste, and abuse for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Dr. Budhwani teaches in the Global Health Studies graduate program (GHS 617: Fundamentals of Global Health, GHS 607: Global Health and Gender, and GHS 600: Fundamentals of Global Health), undergraduate program (PUH 202: Introduction to Global Health), and course masters the Sparkman Center’s field courses (GHS 620/GHS 420: Jamaica Field Course, GHS 630/GHS 629/GHS 430/GHS 429: SIFAT Global Health Training).
Selected Publications in International Health Disparities
Budhwani H, Bulent T, Hasbun J, Rosario S, Tillotson L, McGlaughlin E, and Waters J. In press. “Exploring the Mediating Role of Trust between Violence Exposure and Condom Non-Use among Transgender Sex Workers in the Dominican Republic.” International Journal of STD & AIDS.
Budhwani H, Hearld KR, Barrow G, Peterson SN, and Walton-Levermore K. 2015. "A comparison of younger and older MSM using data from Jamaica AIDS Support for Life: characteristics associated with HIV status." International Journal of STD & AIDS. Online before print: July 2, 2015.
Budhwani H, Hearld KR, and Harbison H. 2015. "Individual and area level factors associated with prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care in Pakistan. Maternal and Child Health, 19(10): 2138-2146.
Selected Publications in Domestic Health Disparities
Budhwani H and De P. 2016. “Disparities in Influenza Vaccination across the United States: Variability by Minority Group, Asian Sub-Populations, Socioeconomic Status, and Health Insurance Coverage.” Public Health. Online before print: May 10, 2016.
Budhwani H, Hearld KR, and Chavez-Yenter D. 2015. "Generalized anxiety disorder in racial and ethnic minorities: a case of nativity and contextual factors." Journal of Affective Disorders, 175: 275-280.
Budhwani H, Hearld KR, and Chavez-Yenter D. 2015. "Depression disparities in racial and ethnic minorities: the impact of nativity and discrimination." Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2(1): 34-42.