Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM
Trained in preventive medicine, public health, and internal medicine, Dr. Ayanna V. Buckner has extensive experience in community-based health education, outreach, and evaluation. Prior to founding Community Health Cooperative, Dr. Buckner served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she also served as Associate Director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, leader of the department’s Undergraduate Medical Education Unit, and director of the yearlong Community Health Course for first year medical students.

Dr. Buckner’s civic contributions include service on the board of the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA, Steering Committee of Project Jump Start at the Young Family YMCA, the Atlanta BeltLine Equitable Development Plan Advisory Group, AID Atlanta’s African American Women’s Outreach Program Community Advisory Board, the Rollins School of Public Health Community Advisory Board, and the Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT) Board of Advisors.

Dr. Buckner is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and was a 2010 recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship. A native of the New Orleans area, Dr. Buckner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College and completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Griffin Hospital, an affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine. She also received a Master’s Degree in public health, with an emphasis in Health Management, from Yale University.

Dr. Buckner holds faculty appointments at the Morehouse School of Medicine (Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine), Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management), and Tulane University School of Medicine (Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine).

Career Highlights

  • Chairperson of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) Coordinating Committee (2013- present) – The committee coordinates a 5-year, $105 million initiative developed as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Settlement and designed to strengthen primary and behavioral healthcare services in oil spill-impacted communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.
  • Co-chairperson of the Partnership for Southern Equity’s Metropolitan Atlanta Equity Atlas Subcommittee (2011-2013) – Dr. Buckner led a multi-disciplinary team in forming the Metropolitan Atlanta Equity Atlas (MAEA), a comprehensive mapping project that uses GIS, data and narrative to inform the larger debate on how to create a more fair and equitable region.
  • Moderator, National Football League/Satcher Health Leadership Institute Community Huddle Forums (2011) – Served as moderator and designed the evaluation for this series of town hall style forums held across the U.S. to educate and mobilize communities to address issues such as dementia, depression, financial and relationship stress, and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • American Psychiatric Association Planning Committee on the Use of Telehealth to Increase Access to Depression Care (2008-2009)
  • Georgia State University Institutional Review Board (2007– present)
  • Project Director, Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response (2007-2009) – Managed a multi-state project to assist with rebuilding the health systems in the Gulf Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, including the implementation of telemedicine and electronic health record systems, training community health workers, and providing onsite project management during New Orleans Health Recovery Week.


Selected Publications

Mack D, Buckner AV. Health IT: Improving Access and Driving Change in Healthcare for Communities of Color. Web log post. Health IT Buzz. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 21 Apr. 2014. Web. 1 June. 2014.

Buckner AV. An intersectoral, international policy fellowship experience as a framework for faculty development: the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013;24(3):987-94.

McNeal M, Buckner AV. Using mini-grants and service-learning projects to prepare students to serve underserved populations. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2012 May;23(2 Suppl):20-6.

Taylor BD, Buckner AV, Walker CD, Azonobi I. Training residents to address cancer health disparities. J Grad Med Educ. 2012 March;4(1): 72-75.

Taylor BD, Buckner AV, Walker CD. Faith-Based Partnerships in Graduate Medical Education: The Experience of the Morehouse School of Medicine Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Oct;41(4 Suppl 3):S283-9.

Crosby AE, Buckner AV, Taylor BD. Addressing Self-Directed Violence Prevention for Preventive Medicine Practitioners. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2011 October; 5(5): 418 – 427.

Holt CL, Schulz E, Caplan L, Blake V, Southward V, Buckner AV. Assessing the role of spirituality in coping among African Americans diagnosed with cancer. J Relig Health. DOI 10.1007/s10943-011-9453-0 (published 19 January 2011).

Buckner, AV.; Ndjakani, YD; Banks, B; Blumenthal, DS. Using Service-learning to Teach Community Health: The Morehouse School of Medicine Community Health Course. Acad Med. 2010 October; 85(10): 1645-51. PMID: 20881688.

Buckner, Ayanna. The Role of Clinicians in Preparing Patients for Disasters. Medscape.com. Published October 7, 2009.

Holt CL, Caplan L, Schulz E, Blake V, Southward VL, Buckner AV. Development and Validation of Measures of Religious Involvement and the Cancer Experience among African Americans. J Health Psychol. 2009 May;14(4):525-35. PMID: 19383653.

Holt CL, Caplan L, Schulz E, Blake V, Southward V, Buckner A, Lawrence H. Role of religion cancer coping among African Americans: a qualitative examination. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2009;27(2):248-73. PMID: 19337932.

Schulz E, Holt CL, Caplan L, Blake V, Southward V, Buckner A, Lawrence H. (2007). Role of spirituality in cancer coping among African Americans: A qualitative study. J Cancer Surviv. 2008 Jun;2(2):104-15. Epub 2008 Apr 30. PMID: 18648979.


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