Tremaine Sails-Dunbar

Tremaine’s ultimate goal is to reduce mental health disparities among African American men through empowering churches and faith-based organizations to become more involved in public health practice. He brings African American men into closer proximity to public mental health research by utilizing churches and faith-based organizations as formulators of data and locations where interventions can take place. African American men experience the worst mental health outcomes of all racial/gender groups. Religious institutions have historically stood as trusted bastions of support in African American communities and can help improve the mental health of African American men. Through employing research methods that examine how religious institutions, religiosity, and spirituality regulate mental health, Tremaine hopes to influence policy and help African American men improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and develop the tools to achieve their full potential.

Tremaine is both a minister and public health scholar. He earned his MDiv from Vanderbilt University in 2019 and has combined the knowledge he gathered while working in the parish with his growing public health expertise to examine variables that have been overlooked in health policy research.


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