Verna L Welch, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. She is Director of the Cardiovascular Health Research Program of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr Welch’s primary research interest is in the area of cardiovascular health disparities. She is the recipient of multiple research grants and a member of several professional organizations. She earned her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of public health in biostatistics from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.