Professor and Director, PhD Program
Dr. Aaron Buseh is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing. Originally from Liberia, West Africa, Dr. Buseh completed graduate training in nursing and public health. He has over 15 years of experience in nursing and public health sciences. During his doctoral studies, he received the John E. Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Fellowship sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing World Health organization (WHO) Global Health Leadership Office (GHLO). Dr. Buseh completed his doctoral dissertation research in the area of sexual risk behaviors and HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescents in Swaziland, Southern Africa. Prior to joining the faculty at UWM, Dr. Buseh served as Visiting Research Specialist in Health Sciences at the GHLO at UIC where he collaborated with other scholars developing and implementing community-based participatory research projects.
Dr. Buseh’s overall goal of his program of research has been to conduct population-based research defined as a multidisciplinary effort aimed at reducing the effects of health disparities within ethnic minority communities. Being an African émigré living in two worlds drives the passion for his scholarship. The zeal to further examine and understand why systems throughout the world are unequal was born early in his life, where he observed first hand (through his nursing experiences in Liberia), disproportionate numbers of infants and children dying from preventable diseases. Thus, his career path has been dominated by the need to understand disparities and lead in “leveling the playing field” in the healthcare system for those populations that do not receive fair and equitable distribution of health benefits; but instead bear a disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality. In both developing countries and in the US, certain population groups face greater challenges than the general population in accessing needed health care services, putting them at greater risk of poor physical, psychological, and social health. Thus, through his research, he relentlessly focus on exploring and understanding existing and emerging causal and mediating factors related to health inequities and disparities. He does so on two fronts—local and global—relative to two subpopulations: urban African Americans and African immigrants/refugees who now live in the Midwest United States. To this end, his research has specifically focused on the exploration and investigation of socio-cultural factors and structural system barriers adversely impacting the health and quality of life of disadvantaged and ethnic minority populations; specifically through doing comparative examinations between sub-Saharan Africans, African immigrants/refugees, and urban African Americans in metropolitan Milwaukee.
His health disparities research for those living with HIV/AIDS focuses on multidimensional constructs such as: illness and symptom experiences, social stigma, sexual risk behaviors, disclosure within interpersonal relationships, barriers to health care, and quality of life determinants. To examine these issues, he utilizes community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) and mixed methods approaches that help to build advocacy and policy based capacities for partnering community-based organizations (CBOs).
Two years ago, he expanded the breadth of his research with extramural funding from the Wisconsin Genomic Initiative (WGI). He served as principal investigator for the project with the purpose of exploring and examining socio-cultural implications of ethnic minority participation in genetic and genomic research, specifically bio-banking. Genetics and genomics science are rapidly emerging fields in healthcare and present many ethical legal, social, and moral dilemmas such as conversion of one’s own personal physical data and information for capture and use in privately owned and operated genomic research warehouses. The acceleration and advancement of clinical research in this area is not commensurate with the public’s knowledge about emergent technologies. Comparable socio-cultural research within ethnic minority communities as related to both HIV/AIDS and genetics carries similar stigma. Such stigmatic complexities and experiences affect the intention of ethnic minorities to collectively participate in genetic studies including as well as their individual willingness to provide consent to other clinically-based research—including HIV/AIDS initiatives.
In addition, Dr. Buseh’s scholarship is driven by the need to mentor both undergraduate and graduate in nursing and other disciplines, both of whom hold interests in his areas of research. Using the educational motif embodied within the core values of the nursing profession, Dr. Buseh customizes health disparity based research apprenticeships for students at both the graduate and undergraduate degree levels. He helps integrate and re-introduce these core values (especially those of social justice and autonomy) into their research focus. To that end, he have personally tutored, supervised, and guided students on their degree paths. Findings his HIV/AIDS research communal genetics study have been widely disseminated at multiple high-profile scientific nursing, public health, and interdisciplinary conferences such as the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research and at the 2012 /2013/2014 Annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference(s). Dr. Buseh is chairperson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is recipient of multiple teaching, research, and alumni association awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ph D Nursing Science University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
MSN Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois
MPH Public Health Science University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois
BSN Nursing Cuttington University Monrovia, Liberia
Practical Nursing Diploma Nursing Phebe Hospital School of Nursing Monrovia, Liberia
Awards & Honors
Karen H. Morin Leadership Award (2017, April 21) Sigma Theta Tau International (Eta Nu Chapter).
Alumni Day Award in Research (2013, April 10) University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing.
Outstanding Achievement in Research Award (2011, November) UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing; Annual Convocation.
2008 UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award (2008, May) UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association.
Excellence in Education Award (2007, December) Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (2007) UW-Milwaukee.
A Model of Subjective Symptom Experience: Women Living with HIV/AIDS Manuscript under development Buseh, Aaron G, Plach, Sandra K, Stevens, Patricia
Competing Continuation In-depth Longitudinal Study of HIV-Infected Women Buseh, Aaron G
Exploring Future Nurses Attitudes and Beliefs Related to Childhood Obesity Snethen, Julia A, Buseh, Aaron G, Ruth
Individual and Neighborhood Effects Associated with Stigma and Quality of Life among HIV-infected Urban African American Men Buseh, Aaron G, Stevens, Patricia,
Interpersonal and Attitudinal Factors Characterizing Patterns of Healthcare Utilization Among HIV-Infected Urban African American- Does it Matter? Buseh, Aaron G, Stevens, Patricia
Subjective Illness Experience Narratives: Enhancing Understanding of Women Living with HIV Infection Manuscript Buseh, Aaron G, Plach, Sandra K, Stevens, Patricia
Wisconsin Genomics Proposal Kunert, Mary P, Buseh, Aaron G, Lundeen, Sally P, Kako, Peninnah, Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Beth Peterman, Shakoor Lee , Jean Bell Calvin, Suzanne Feetham
Contracts & Grants
National Institutes of Health “Theory Driven Intervention Development to Support Self Management of HIV Illness and Related Stigma in HIV-infected African American Men Grant Patricia Stevens, Aaron Buseh .
Sustained Community Engagement in Genetics and Genomic Research to Improve Health and to Increase Health Equity Grant Aaron Buseh .
Individual and Community Environment Effects on HIV Stigma in HIV-Infected African American Men Grant Patricia Stevens, Aaron Buseh .
Individual and Environment Effects of HIV Stigma in HIV-Infected African American Men Grant Aaron Buseh .
Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, P. E., Underwood, S. M., Kelber, S. T., and Townsend, L. “Why some would, but others won't: Barriers and enablers to engaging Black African immigrants/refugees for participation in medical genetic research including biobanking.” Journal of Genetic Counseling.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Underwoof=d, S. M., Stevens, P. E., and Townsend, L. “Factors influencing perceived disadvantages of genetic testing: Perspectives of urban African Americans.” Journal of Community Genetics.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contribution to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 15.1 (2015): 48-62.
Buseh, Aaron G. “Qualitative insights from urban black men living with HIV/AIDS.” Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 7.Special Issue 6 (2014): 1-16.
Buseh, Aaron G. Perspectives on Ebola outbreak in West Africa. National Radio Program "The World Today", 2014.
Buseh, Aaron G. “Life with HIV/AIDS: Illness narratives from African-American men living with HIV/AIDS.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 25.2 (2014): 13-22.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S T., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, and Townsend, L. “Knowledge, group-based medical mistrust, future expectations, and perceived disadvantages of medical genetic testing: Perspectives of black African immigrants/refugees.” Public Health Genomics
17.1 (2014): 33-42.
Buseh, Aaron G. 'You do worry' UWM Professor eyes Ebola outbreak with great interest. Fox 6 News- Interview, 2014.
Buseh, Aaron G. UWM Professor and Liberia Native talks Ebola concern. CBS 58 News- Interview, 2014.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, Patricia, Townsend, L., and Kelber, S. T. “Reflections and perspectives of African-American community leaders regarding genetics and genomic research: Sentiment and wisdom of Sankofa.” Journal of the Black Nurses Association 24.1 (2013): 16-23.
Buseh, Aaron G. “An open invitation: On creating communal, equitable discourse to broaden participation in genetics research.” The Scientist 27(12). (2013): 28-29.
Buseh, Aaron G., Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Stevens, Patricia, Townsend, L, and Kelber, S T. “Black African immigrant community leaders' views on participation in genomics research and DNA biobanking.” Nursing Outlook 61.4 (2013): 196-204.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Park, C. G., and Stevens, Patricia. “Neighborhood social disorder and stigma associated with quality of life among urban HIV positive African American men: A mediation model.” Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 23.2 (2012): 1-8.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Stevens, Patricia, and Park, G. G. “Interpersonal and attidunal factors in healthcare utilization among HIV-infected urban Aftican-American men.” Challenge: A Journal on African American Men 16.1 (2011): 1-18.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S T., Park, C G., and Stevens, Patricia. “Interpersonal and attitudinal factors in healthcare utilization among HIV-infected urban African American men.” Challenge: A Journal on African American Men 16.1 (2009): 1-18.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Stevens, P. E., and Park, C. G. “The relationship of symptoms, perceived health, and stigma with quality of life among urban HIV-infected African American men.” Public Health Nursing 25.5 (2008): 409-19.
Buseh, Aaron G. Swaziland: A Cultural Health Assessment. C. D'Avanzo (Ed.) Mosby's Pocket Guide to Cultural Health Assessment 4th ed, 2008: 676-681.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Park, C. G., and Stevens, P. E. “Impact of personal and structural factors on health related quality of life in urban HIV-infected African American males.” Challenge: A Journal of Research on African American Men 12.2 (2007): 15-29.
Buseh, Aaron G., Park, C. G., Stevens, P. E., McElmurry, B. J., and Kelber, S. T. “HIV/AIDS stigmatizing attitudes among young people in Swaziland: Individual and enviromental factors.” Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth 7.1 (2006): 97-120.
Buseh, Aaron G., Kelber, S. T., Hewitt, Jeanne, Stevens, P. E., and Park, C. G. “Perceived stigma, self-rated health, and life satisfaction: Experiences of urban African American men living with HIV/AIDS.” International Journal of Men's Health 5.1 (2006): 35-51.
Buseh, Aaron G., and Stevens, P. E. “Constrained but not determined by stigma: Resistance by African American women living with HIV.” Women and Health 44.3 (2006): 1-18.
Buseh, Aaron G., Stevens, P. E., McManus, P., Addison, J., Morgan, Sarah, and Millon-Underwood, Sandra. “Challenges and opportunities for HIV prevention and care: Insights from focus groups of HIV-infected African American men.” Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 17.4 (2006): 3-15.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part III.” Journal of National Black Nurses Association 16.2 (2005): 35-59.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research--Part 2.” Journal of National Black Nurses Association 16.1 (2005): 31-47.
Buseh, Aaron G. “Patterns of sexual behaviour among secondary school students in Swaziland, southern Africa.” Culture, Health, & Sexuality 6.4 (2004): 355-367.
Millon-Underwood, Sandra, Buseh, Aaron G., Canales, M. K., Powe, B., Dockery, B., Kather, T., and Kent, N. “Nursing contributions to the elimination of health disparities among African-Americans: Review and critique of a decade of research. Part 1.” Journal of National Black Nurses Association 15.1 (2004): 48-62.
McElmurry, B. J., Park, C. G., and Buseh, Aaron G. “The nurse-community health advocate team for urban immigrant primary health care.” Journal of Nursing Scholarship 35.3 (2003): 275-281.
McElmurry, B. J., Misner, S. J., and Buseh, Aaron G. “Minority international research training program: Global collaboration in nursing research.” Journal of Professional Nursing 19.1 (2003): 22-31.
Buseh, Aaron G., Glass, Laurie K., and McElmurry, B. J. “Cultural and gender issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention in rural Swaziland: A focus group analysis.” Health Care for Women International 23.2 (2002): 173-184.
Buseh, Aaron G., Glass, Laurie K., McElmurry, B. J., Mkhabela, M., and Sukati, N. A. “Primary and preferred sources for HIV/AIDS and sexual risk behavior information among adolescents in Swaziland, Southern Africa.” International Journal of Nursing Studies 39.5 (2002): 525-538.
Buseh, Aaron G., McElmurry, B. J., and Fox, P. “Acculturative stress.” International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research 6.2 (2000): 695-713.
McElmurry, B. J., Buseh, Aaron G., and Dublin, M. “Health education program to control asthma in multiethnic, low-income urban communities: The Chicago Health Corps Asthma Program.” Chest 116.4, Suppl. 1 (1999): 198S-199S.