Articles & Books


Health and Culture

Offering a trenchant analysis of the effect culture has in determining our perceptions – and expectations – of health care.
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Healing Our Differences

Collins O. Airhihenbuwa deftly explains how the rise in a more uniform , apolitical view of health care and health services leads to the devaluation of individual cultures and communities.
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Selected Articles


Airhihenbuwa CO, Iwelumor JI, Ezepue CJ, Williams NJ, Jean-Louis G. (2016). I sleep because we sleep: a synthesis of the role of culture in sleep behavior research. Sleep Medicine 18: 67-73

Airhihenbuwa CO; Makoni S; Iwelunmor J; and Munodawafa D. (2014) Sociocultural Infrastructure: Communicating Identity and Health in Africa,” Journal of Health Communications. 19(1): 1-5

Airhihenbuwa CO, Ford CA, Iwelunmor J. (2014) Why culture matters in health interventions: Lessons from HIV/AIDS Stigma and NCDs. Health Education and Behavior, 41 (1): 78-84.

Iwelunmor J., Newsome, V., & Airhihenbuwa CO. (2014) Framing the impact of culture on health: A review of the PEN-3 cultural model and its application in public health research and interventions. Ethnicity and Health, 19(1): 20-24.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Okoror TA, Shefer T, Brown DC, Iwelunmor J, Smith E, Adam M, Simbayi L, Zungu N, Dlakulu R, Shisana O. (2009). Stigma, Culture, and HIV and AIDS in the Western Cape, South Africa: An Application of the PEN-3 Cultural Model for Community Based Research. Journal of Black Psychology; 35(4): 407-432.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Webster JD, (2004) Culture and African Contexts of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Support. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS. 1: 4-13

Airhihenbuwa CO, Kumanyika SK, Thomas TenHave T, Morssink CB. (2000) Cultural Identity and Health Lifestyles among African American: A New Direction for Health Intervention Research? Ethnicity and Disease, 10(2): 148-164.

Airhihenbuwa CO (1999) Of Culture and Multiverse: Renouncing the ‘Universal Truth’ in Health. Journal of Health Education, 30: 267-273.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Kumanyika SK, Agurs TD, Lowe A, Saunders D, Morssink CB. (1996) Cultural Aspects of African-American Eating Patterns. Ethnicity and Health, 1(3): 245-260.

Airhihenbuwa, C.O. (1994) Health Promotion and the Discourse on Culture: Implications for Empowerment. Health Education Quarterly, 21(3), 345-353.


Airhihenbuwa CO, Ogedegbe G, Iwelunmor J, Jean-Louis G, Williams N, Zizi F, Okuyemi K (2016). Claim Your Space: Leadership Development as a Research Capacity Building Goal in Global Health. Health Ed and Behavior. 46 (1S). 17S – 24S.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Ogedegbe G (2016) Non Communicable Diseases in Africa and the Global South. An Editorial. Health Ed and Behavior; 43 (1S); 5S – 6S.

Iwelunmor J. Blackstone S., Vieira D., Nwaozuru U., Airhihenbuwa C, Munodawafa D, Kalipeni E, Jutal A, Shelley D, Ogedegebe, G. (2016) Toward sustainability of health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review. Implementation Science. 11:43 1-27

Iwelunmor J. and Airhihenbuwa CO (2013) Global health governance after 2015. The letter to the Editor. The Lancet, 382(9897): p. 1017-1018.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Shisana O., Zungu N, BeLue, R., Makofani MDM., Shefer T, Smith E., & Simbayi L. (2011). Research Capacity Building: A US-South African Partnership. Global Health Promotion, 18: 27-35.

Airhihenbuwa CO (2007) On Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: Centering an Africanist vision in Our Gateway to Global Health. 2005 SOPHE Presidential Address. Health Education and Behavior, 34 (1); 31 – 42.

Race and Social Justice

Ford, C., Airhihenbuwa CO (2010) The Public Health Critical Race Methodology: Praxis For Antiracism Research, Social Science & Medicine, 71: 1390 – 1398.

Brown DC; BeLue R; Airhihenbuwa CO (2010) HIV and AIDS-related stigma in the context of family support and race in South Africa. Ethnicity and Health, 15 (5): 441-458.

Iwelunmor J; Zungu M; Airhihenbuwa CO (2010). Rethinking HIV/AID disclosure among women within the context of Motherhood in South Africa Am. J. Public Health: 100 (8), 1393-1399.

Ford CA, Airhihenbuwa CO (2010). Critical Race Theory, Race Equity and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis. Am J. Public Health; 100: S30-S35.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Liburd L (2006) Eliminating Health Disparities in the African American Population: The Interface of Culture, Gender, and Power. Health Education and Behavior, 33 (4): 488 – 501.

Airhihenbuwa CO (2006). Special Issue. Inaugural SOPHE Summit on Eliminating Health Disparities. Health Education and Behavior, 33 (4) 433 – 436; (2006) The Inaugural SOPHE Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparitites, Health Promotion Practice, 7 (3): 293 – 295.

Airhihenbuwa CO & LaVeist TA (2006) Editorial. Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010. Health Promotion Practice, 7 (3s): 1 – 2

Petros G, Airhihenbuwa CO, Simbayi L, Ramlagan S, Brandon Brown B (2006) HIV/AIDS and ‘othering’ in South Africa: the blame goes on. Culture, Health, and Sexuality, 8(1): 67 – 77.

Airhihenbuwa CO, Kumanyika S, Agurs TD, Lowe A. (1995) Perceptions and Beliefs about Exercise, Rest, and Health among African-Americans. American Journal of Health Promotion, 9(6), 426-429.