Dr. Pamela Payne Foster is a Preventive Medicine/Public Health physician who currently serves as Associate Professor in the Community and Rural Department at the University of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa campus as well as Deputy Director of the Institute for Rural Health Research. Dr. Foster’s current research area of interest is the study of HIV/AIDS related stigma in rural African Americans in Alabama, particularly in faith-based settings in rural Alabama.

Dr. Foster received her BS degree in Chemistry Pre-Medicine from Xavier University in Louisiana and her MS in Biomedical Sciences and MD from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed an Internship in Internal Medicine and Residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health at State University of New York at Stony Brook where she also completed her MPH at Columbia University. She has served on the faculty of a variety of institutions including Morehouse School of Medicine, George Washington University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the National Bioethics Center for Health Care and Research at Tuskegee University.

Dr. Foster also works as a HIV/AIDS activist particularly around health equity issues in the rural Deep South. She and her husband, William Foster Jr founded a nonprofit AframSouth Inc which addresses several health disparity issues as well as youth and family development in African American families. She is also the author of two books, “Is there a balm in Black America” and “Practicing Prevention” which incorporate wholistic approaches to dealing with health disparities.

She currently lives in Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has several hobbies and interests including watching reality TV and law and crime shows, watching movies including independent and foreign films, walking, and doing puzzles.