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His dissertation was titled "Health Service Utilization and Stigma Among HIV-Positive Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men (MSM) in Rural Appalachia."
Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Blackwell completed his undergraduate degree from Mid-America Christian University and his Master of Public Health degree from ETSU. In addition to his dissertation research, he has also published on substance abuse patterns among lesbian, gay and bisexual youth as well as, more broadly, among college students. While a student at ETSU, Dr. Blackwell taught or co-taught a variety of courses including "Cultural Competence and Spirituality in Health," and "Introduction to Public Health."
His dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Mary Ann Littleton who nominated him for the Award. His committee also included Dr. Kathleen Rayman and Dr. Rob Pack. The award, which includes a plaque and a check, was chosen by a committee composed of members of the ETSU graduate faculty. It will be presented at an event on April 23rd.