Lee R. Bone, M.P.H.

  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Research Interests

Urban health care; Cardiovascular diseases; Indigenous health; Interventions; Diabetes; Cancer; Community-based health programs; Health disparities; Tobacco control; Control of hypertension in high-risk communities ...read more


Professor Lee Bone is an associate professor of health, behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and health of urban African-American populations.  

She is currently engaged in studying the barriers to smoking cessation in inner-city African American young adults.

Professor Bone received her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins. She earned her registered nursing degree from Columbia University.

Professor Bone is the associate editor of the journal Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action. Her work has been recognized with the 2012 Johns Hopkins University Crenson-Hertz Award for Community-Based Learning and Participatory Research and the 2011 American Public Health Association Tom Bruce Award in Community-Based Public Health.

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  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

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Research Summary

Professor Bone’s research has focused on health promotion in underserved urban African American populations using community-based participatory approaches in randomized clinical trials to test the efficacy and program effectiveness of interventions, including the use of supervised indigenous community health workers. Her research focuses on the sustainability of interventions and improving communications strategies using electronic education. These studies include cardiovascular disease, and CVD risk factors, diabetes and cancer detection and control.

Selected Publications

Gary TL, Batts-Turner M, Yeh H, Hill-Briggs F, Bone LR, Wang N, Levine DM, Powe NR, Saudek CD, Hill MN, McGuire M, Brancati FL. “The effects of a nurse case manager and a community health worker team on diabetic control, emergency department visits and hospitalizations among urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes mellitus.” Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(19):1788-1794. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.338.

Brown JD, Bone LR, Gillis L, Treherne L, Lindamood K, Marsden L. “Service learning to impact homelessness: the result of academic and community collaboration.” Public Health Reports. 2006; 121:343-348.

Baptiste-Roberts K, Gary TL, Bone LR, Hill MN, Brancati FL. “Perceived body image among African Americans with type 2 diabetes.” Patient Education and Counseling. 2006;194-200.

Han H, Kim MT, Rose L, Dennison C, Bone L, Hill MN. “Effects of stressful life events in young black men with high blood pressure.” Ethnicity and Disease. 2006;16:64-70.

Brownstein JN, Bone LR, Dennison C, Hill MN, Kim M, Levine DM. “Community health workers as interventionists in the prevention and control of heart disease and stroke.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2005; 29:128-133.

Hill-Briggs F, Gary TL, Bone LR, Hill MN, Levine DM, Brancati FL. “Medication adherence and diabetes control in urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes.” Health Psychology. 2005 Jul;24(4):349-57.

Hill-Briggs F, Gary TL, hill MN, Bone LR, Brancati FL. “Health-related quality of life in urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes.” J Gen Intern Med. 2002;17:412-419.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Graduate Seminar in Community-Based Research (410.861.01)
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research: Principles and Methods (410.631.01)
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Health and Homelessness (410.610.01)
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Activities & Honors


  • Crenson-Hertz Award for Community Based Learning and Participatory Research, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
  • Tom Bruce Award in Community Based Public Health, American Public Health Association, 2011
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service, Johns Hopkins University, 1993

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action
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