August 30, 2023
Dr. Antonio Gardner joined CCHS as associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health. He will also serve as director of Evaluation and Education of CCHS Rural Programs. Gardner, from Autaugaville, Ala., received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Alabama A&M University in Montgomery and his master’s degree in Human Environmental Sciences from The University of Alabama. He received his doctorate in Health Education and Health Promotion from UA. Gardner was a student in the College’s Rural Health Scholars and Minority Rural Health Scholars programs and later served as a counselor, student worker and facilitator for those programs. Prior to joining the College, Gardner was a faculty member at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., where he was active in teaching, advocacy and research. His research focus is health equity in rural and African American populations.