Partnering with Beauty Salons to Address Black Women's Health

UPDOs Protective Styles is an academic-community partnership to bring awareness to Black women’s health.  In particular cardiovascular disease, intimate partner violence and HIV are highlighted. 

UPDOs has a specific focus on addressing the use of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent HIV among Black women.  PrEP reduces the chances of getting HIV by up to 99% if taken correctly. UPDOs has 3 components: Stylist Training, a mini-series called The Wright Place, and PrEP Navigation. Learn about each below.

"These videos advocate for us and help promote the overall mission of The HEEAT Lab. People need to be educated and this is a valuable tool to disseminate vital information."
Tamika Hughes
Community Partner
"Presenting this information surrounding health disparities in our community is vital to building innovative methods to reach our people and to make a difference."
Akili Hester
Community Partner

About Us

The HEEAT Research Lab

Addressing Health disparities through Engagement, Equity, Advocacy, and Trust
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Our Team

Dr. Schenita D. Randolph, PhD, MPH, RN

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor | Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Ragan Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE


Associate Clinical Professor | Duke University School of Nursing

Allison (Ally) Johnson, Clinical Research Coordinator

Duke University School of Nursing

Cori Dunn, Consultant

Owner and stylist, Well Dunn Studio

Tamica Campbell-Hughes, Consultant

Co-owner and stylist, Kotur Kutz Salon

Founder and President of Level Up Parenting

Crystal Taylor, Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director of The Underground Collective