Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, RN
Yvonne Commodore-Mensah is a community health researcher whose interests include cardiovascular health inequities, immigrant health, and social determinants of health. Her career goal is to reduce cardiovascular health inequities in populations of African descent through community-engaged research. She was principal investigator of the “Afro-Cardiac Study,” a cross-sectional epidemiological study examining the association between acculturation and cardiovascular disease risk in West African immigrants residing in the Baltimore-Washington, DC metropolitan area. Dr. Commodore-Mensah was also principal investigator of the “Afro-CardioMeta Study,” a pilot study assessing the cardiometabolic risk of African immigrants residing in the Atlanta metropolitan area. She received the Winning Abstract Award (Data-based Category) at the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association conference in 2014 and Dissertation Award from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 2015.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestCardiovascular disease risk reduction; health disparities; immigrant health; community-engaged research; research on African-descent populations
Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.
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.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cardiometabolic disease
- African immigrant health
- Health disparities
Awards and Honors
Dissertation Award—Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
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, Oct 2, [Epub ahead of print]
Winning Abstract Award (Data-based Category)—Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association Conference, April 2014
PhD Manuscript Award for Best Published Paper