Barbara Howard, M.S.


Deputy Director for Program Operations
Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE)
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In addition to serving in her current position as the Deputy Director for Program Operations of HDIRE, Ms. Howard is co-investigator/field coordinator of Community Outreach at Tuskegee University, a component of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership. She established and directs the Graduate for Sure Program through her management position in the Biology Department at Tuskegee University, which undergirds the academic curriculum through peer tutoring. She is an instructor of freshmen orientation classes and co-coordinator of the annual Women’s Enlightenment and Empowerment Conference held at the University. 

Howard has influenced public policy and championed the issues of peace as well as human and civil rights through her zealous community and political activism. Her community involvement includes serving in key leadership positions in the Alabama Central District of Civitan International, Tuskegee United Women’s League, Inc., Tuskegee-Macon County NAACP, Montgomery County Farmers, Service and Welfare Association, River Region United Way, and the Black Belt Community Foundation. She is a founder and Executive Director of Paradise-Class Community Foundation, which sponsors an annual math and technology youth leadership academy. 

Howard is also a member of the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities and served on the Tuskegee-Macon County Community Health Disparities Advisory Board. She is a certified grant writer and reviewer for community, government, and educational funding. In 1996, as a national board member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Howard traveled to Cuba as a part of an international delegation to assess the health needs and effects of the U.S. embargo on the women and children of Cuba. In May 2011, at the invitation of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA), she joined other community leaders from the River Region of the State of Alabama on an educational/cultural trip to Korea. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in human resources management from Faulkner University and her Master of Science degree in organization and management, with a specialization in leadership, from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.