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Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, MHS, RN

Assistant Professor
Yvonne Commodore-Mensah
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Community
  • Disparities
  • Global
  • Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty


Yvonne Commodore-Mensah is a cardiovascular nurse epidemiologist whose current program of research seeks to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease risk among Africans locally (United States) and globally (sub-Saharan Africa) through community-engaged research.  Her research expertise includes immigrant health, global health,  cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and social determinants of health. She is the principal investigator of the ADHINCRA Study, a randomized control trial to address hypertension control in Ghana and the African Immigrant Health Study, which is examining the health of African immigrants in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and was awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award in 2016. She is a fellow and board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She serves on the writing committee of the 2019 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Adults with High Blood Pressure. She is chief executive officer of the African Research Academies for Women, a non-profit which seeks to address gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in Africa.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Commodore-Mensah Y, Hill M, Allen J, Cooper LA, Blumenthal R, Agyemang C, Himmelfarb CD. (2016). "Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Risk of Ghanaian- and Nigerian-Born West African Immigrants in the United States: The Afro-Cardiac Study." J Am Heart Assoc.;5(2).

    Commodore-Mensah Y, Himmelfarb CD, Agyemang C, Sumner AE. (2015). "Cardiometabolic Health in African Immigrants to the United States: A Call to Re-examine Research on African-descent populations." Ethn Dis.;25(3):373-80.

    Commodore-Mensah Y, Sampah M, Berko C, Cudjoe J, Abu-Bonsrah N, Obisesan O, Agyemang C, Adeyemo A, Himmelfarb CD. (2015). "The Afro-Cardiac Study: Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Acculturation in West African Immigrants in the United States: Rationale and Study Design." J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print]

    Himmelfarb CR, Commodore-Mensah Y, Hill MN. (2016). "Expanding the Role of Nurses to Improve Hypertension Care and Control Globally." Ann Glob Health. 2016 Mar-Apr;82(2):243-53.

    Samuel LJ, Commodore-Mensah Y, Himmelfarb CR. (2014). "Developing Behavioral Theory With the Systematic Integration of Community Social Capital Concepts." Health Educ Behav. 2014 Aug;41(4):359-75. Epub 2013 Oct 2.

  • Awards/Honors

    Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award, American Heart Association, 2016

    Dissertation Award—Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2015

    Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award for 2015—Samuel, L.J, Commodore- Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C.R (2013). "Developing behavioral theory with the systematic integration of neighborhood social capital concepts," Health Educ Behavior

    Winning Abstract Award (Data-based Category)—Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Conference, April 2014

    PhD Manuscript Award for Best Published Paper