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Keydron K. Guinn, Ph.D.,

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Dr. Keydron K. Guinn is the former acting executive director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College.  Prior to this, he was the Center's deputy director. He also serves as assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry. In addition to his administrative functions, he holds academic appointments in the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the School of Dentistry—Dental Public Health. Dr. Guinn served the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center as the interim director of their Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While there, he maintained an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology on the main campus of Southern University. Additionally, he served as a columnist where he wrote more than sixty editorials that were published throughout the State of Louisiana relative to hot-button social issues. He has more than ten years of combined classroom experience and currently facilitates courses in the health policy certificate program at Meharry.


Dr. Guinn received B.S. and M.A. degrees in criminal justice and sociology, respectively, from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Thereafter, he earned a Ph.D. in sociology where he specialized in medical sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit. His research interests include issues surrounding advance directives, more specifically, end-of-life issues, rural health and social justice issues. He has published more than fifty editorials related to current social issues and is published in the Journal of Extension and the LSU Hospital Journal. Currently, Dr. Guinn has research ventures underway related to advance directives and patient-doctor communication, as well as other ventures with colleagues at various institutions.