Janice Johnson Dias

Janice Johnson Dias

Janice Johnson Dias
Assistant Professor
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2004 PhD
1998 MA
1994 BA
Temple University
Temple University
Brandeis University



I believe strongly that social science research can be used as a vehicle for social change. Therefore, I have dedicated my life to bridging the gap between the so-called thinkers and the do-ers. I have dedicated my life to examining and ameliorating the economic, political and social factors that influence the health behaviors, outcomes and opportunities of impoverished mothers and children. In addition to my academic work, I have spent the past two decades working with, evaluating and building collaborations among social service and community organizations. My most recent work in Long Island with Stony Brook University and community stakeholders on issues of black girls’ mental, sexual and physical health earned the collaborative a special Congressional honor. My experiences in the community so profoundly influenced me that I developed a national organization to respond to the health crises in low income communities. I am the co-founder and President of GrassROOTS Community Foundation (www.grass-rootsfoundation.org), a national health advocacy organization that supports, develops, and scales community-driven solutions to the health challenges facing women and girls living in poverty. Along with Chairman of the Board, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter lead MC of the Grammy Award winning band The Roots and a host of doctoral level researchers and practitioners we have developed a 10-city health initiative directed at improving the mental, physical and sexual health of low income women and girls. Our work builds on and extends the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative and efforts to end childhood obesity.  Currently, GrassROOTS has five programs in three major cities: Philadelphia, PA; Newark, NJ and Greensboro, NC.  



','sans-serif';>Johnson Dias, Janice','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';"> and Robert Whitaker. (2013). Black mothers’ perceptions about urban neighborhood  safety and outdoor play for their preadolescent daughters. Journal for the Health Care of the Poor and Underserved, 24 (1), 206-19.','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';">

Johnson Dias, Janice','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';"> and Gregory Price. (2012). The incredible shrinking black woman: Health and policy implications. Review of Black Political Economy 39 (4): 381-388.','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';">

Johnson Dias, Janice','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';"> and David Elesh. (2012, March). Structuring performance: The impact of state contracts on for-profit and nonprofit welfare-to-work programs. Social Service Review, 86 (1), 143-168.','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';">

Johnson Dias, Janice','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';">. (2011, September). Review of The new welfare bureaucrats: Entanglements of race, class, and policy reform, by Celeste Watkins Hayes. Social Service Review, 85 (3), 513-516.','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';">

Johnson Dias, Janice','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';"> and Steven Maynard-Moody. (2007, April). For-profit welfare: Contract, conflicts and the performance paradox. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 17 (2), 189-211.','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';>','sans-serif';">

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Population Health

Low income women and children

Black girls

Welfare systems and human service organizations

Qualitative and action research

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