Youmasu J. Siewe
Center for Rural Health Practice
207 Seneca Building
Degrees and Credentials:
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Dr. Siewe's own areas of research include the alterable risk factors of cardiovascular disease, an area he would like to continue to study. In addition, he would like to form partnerships with the Bradford community, local schools, businesses and churches to help with issues such as tobacco-use prevention, obesity prevention and promoting physical activity in our communities. He would also like to involve more Pitt-Bradford students in the work of the center through service learning projects. “By working together, we can have a healthier community,” he said.
Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Siewe was director of public health education for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Regional Campus, where he set up an extensive public health education outreach program involving county health department administrators, family medicine residents and various community entities in South Arkansas.
He was born and raised in Cameroon in West Africa. After graduating from high school, he gained admission into one of a few government-run competitive educational programs for health professionals. There he learned most of what he would need to know to run his own small clinic and got his first experience in the public health arena.
After graduating from the program and working for the government in various health establishments in Cameroon, Siewe came to the United States, enrolled and graduated from a baccalaureate nursing program at West Virginia University. He would go on to earn a master of public health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctoral degree in community health from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.