Department of Epidemiology & Prevention
Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Administrative Contact: Rhonda Blaine
Room Number: 5111
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063
|B.S. (Public Health Nutrition), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.Ed. (Foods, Nutrition, and Food Service Management), University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D. (Foods, Nutrition, and Food Service Management), University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.S. (Epidemiology), Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Post-doctoral Fellowship (Gerontology), Wake Forest University School of Medicine
American Heart Association Ten-Day Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
|Dr. Bell is Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and
Forest University School of Medicine, with training in nutrition and epidemiology.
Dr. Bell’s primary interests are chronic disease prevalence and risk factors, with particular
emphasis on ethnic
minority populations. He is Director of the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health.
Dr. Bell served as the Principal Investigator of the HEARTQUEST project,
NHLBI-funded contract serving as one of six vanguard Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization
(EDUCs) nationwide. The project targeted African Americans, Native Americans and whites in
Columbus counties, North Carolina, to address the tremendous cardiovascular disease burden in
communities. Dr. Bell also serves as the Coordinating Center director for the SEARCH for
Diabetes in Youth
Study, a multi-center study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with
support from the
NIDDK. The SEARCH study is designed to estimate the population prevalence and incidence of
youth by type, age, gender and ethnicity, and to develop practical approaches to diabetes
Bell received a minority investigator R03 from the NIDDK to estimate the prevalence of self-
health behaviors and chronic conditions among Lumbee Indians, and received a minority
supplement to the Strong Heart Study to examine dietary factors related to diabetes and insulin
the Strong Heart cohort.
Dr. Bell serves as Co-Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research
Program at the
Forest University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the WFUSM New Investigator in
Sciences Award in 2002.
Dr. Bell is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian tribe of eastern North Carolina. Dr. Bell
Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Natalie, and three children, Stephen, Benjamin, and
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