I direct the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit of Internal Medicine. This unit is composed of 40 professionals in epidemiology, health education, counseling, evaluation research, training, planning, and intervention design. The staff specializes in working closely with communities to develop and implement effective programs. The unit conducts epidemiological and intervention research in HIV prevention; it is one of 5 sites conducting HIV incidence studies. It also participates in statewide and regional HIV prevention planning and evaluation programs. It operates an HIV counseling and testing program and a street outreach prevention effort.

One of 4 national HIV/STD Prevention behavioral intervention-training centers is part of the unit as is a nation-wide capacity-building assistance program that works with agencies that provide HIV prevention programs to persons living with HIV. In addition to HIV prevention, the staff conducts intervention research into hypertension and cardiovascular disease prevention in the African American communities.


Graduate School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979), Health Services Research

Research Interest

  • Cancer Control
  • HIV Prevention
  • Hypertension Prevention
  • Program Evaluation Research


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

A Formative Assessment of the Use of Behavioral Data in HIV Prevention in Texas
Batchelor K, Freeman A, Robbins A, Dudley T, Phillips N AIDS and Behavior June 2005 9, Supplement 29-40
After the Innovation: Outcomes from the Texas Behavioral Data Project
Batchelor K, Robbins A, Freeman A, Dudley T, Phillips N AIDS and Behavior June 2005 9, Supplement 71-86
Lay Beliefs About High Blood Pressure in a Low-to-Middle Income Urban African American Community: An Opportunity for Improving Hypertension Control
Wilson R, Freeman A, Kazda M, Andrews T, Berry L, Vaeth P, Victor R American Journal of Medicine February 2002
Community-Level HIV Intervention in 5 Cities: Final Outcome Data from the CDC AIDS Community Demonstration Projects
The CDC AIDS Community Demonstration Projects Research Group American Journal of Public Health 1999 89 336-345

Honors & Awards

  • Public Health Traineeship