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Wilson Majee


Current Position

  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Master of Public Health Program

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. – Development Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • M.B.A. – International Business, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2015
  • M.P.H. – Health Promotion and Policy, University of Missouri, 2012
  • M.S. – Economics, University of Zimbabwe, 1992
  • B.S. – Economics, University of Zimbabwe, 1990

Classes Taught

  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (P_HLTH 7610) – Graduate Course
  • Healthcare in the United States (HLTH_SCI 4300)
  • Global Health (HLTH_SCI 3400)
  • Healthcare Organization and Leadership (HLTH_SCI 4895)

Research Interests

  • Community leadership development
  • Community engagement
  • Community health promotion

My overarching research goal is to explore, identify and implement place-based approaches to health and well-being of those living in resource-limited communities. One longstanding community development challenge is to transform resource-limited areas into sustainable and resilient communities. Unfortunately, the history of community health efforts in impoverished and rural areas has largely been a tale of short-term, top-down, funded projects that disappear when the grant ends, leaving communities jaded and once again underserved. I work to create sustainable, real-world community health initiatives that live on after grants end because they are derived from and driven by the community members themselves. My work closes knowledge and practice gaps using a socioecological approach to multi-level individual, family and place-based factors affecting health and well-being. The interdisciplinary nexus of community leadership development, community engagement, and health promotion is the center of my work.

Bibliography of Published Works

  • Remy, L. M., Majee, W., Teti, M., & Enriquez, M. (2020). Perceptions of black men who have sex with men about accessing and taking PrEP: A qualitative study. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 1-20.
  • Majee, W., Schopp, L, Johnson, L., Anakwe, A., Rhoda, A., & Frantz, J. (2020). Emerging from the shadows: Intrinsic and extrinsic factors facing community health workers in Western Cape, South Africa. International Journal for Environmental Research and Public Health 17(9), 3199
  • Anakwe, A., Majee, W, Keller, K. & Jooste, K. (2020). Family structure diversity: Views from rural community leaders and implications for youth engagement. Community Development [Epub ahead of print]
  • Majee, W., Anakwe, A., &  Jooste, K. (2020). Rural young-adults these days: Perceptions of community resources and factors associated with community engagement. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 35(1). Article available at
  • Majee, W., Dinbabo, MF, Ile, I., & Belebema. M.N. (2019). African immigrant and refugee families’ perceptions on informational support and health status: A comparison of African immigrants living in South Africa and the United States. African Human Mobility Review, 5(3):1696-1716
  • Majee, W., & Anakwe, A.  (2019). Youth engagement: A mixed method investigation of adult and youth perceptions of community resources in a rural setting. Community Development DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2019.1689517 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Majee, W., Anakwe, A., Johnson, L., Rhoda, A., Frantz, J., & Schopp, L. (2019). A self -management training intervention:  Perceptions of community health workers in South Africa.  Health Promotion Practice. Advance online publication
  • Jefferson, U., Zachary, I. & Majee, W. (2019). Employing a User-Centered Design to Engage Mothers in the Development of a mHealth Breastfeeding Application. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000549
  • Dinbabo, MF, Ile, I., Majee, W., Belebema. M. & Boadu, E. (2018). Evaluating system efficiencies and service delivery of Immigrant Population in South Africa and United States. African Human Mobility Review, 4,(3), 1386-1416.
  • Majee, W., Thullen, M., & Goodman, L. (2018). Community leadership development: Perspectives of graduates of a low-income leadership development program on family relations. Journal of Community Practice, 26(2), 143-161.
  • Majee, W., Aziato, L., Jooste, K., Anakwe, A. (2018). The graying of rural America: Community engagement and health promotion challenges. Health Promotion Practice, 19(2), 267-276.
  • Majee, W., Reed Adams, J., Goodman, L., Sethi, T. J., & Anakwe, A. (2018). Why are we not winning? An exploration of causes for continued disengagement among graduates of low-income community leadership development programs. Community Development, 49(1), 83-100.
  • Aziato, L., Majee, W., Jooste, K., & Teti, M. (2017). Community leaders’ perspectives on facilitators and inhibitors of health promotion among the youth in rural South Africa. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 7, 119-125.
  • Majee, W., Jooste, K., Aziato, L. & Anakwe A. (2017). Scars of disengagement: Perspectives on community leadership and youth engagement in rural South Africa. Global Health Promotion
  • Teti, M., Shaffer, V., Majee, W., & Gerkovich, M. (2017). Systematic procedures to promote U.S. HIV medication adherence via Photovoice. Health Promotion International, 33(6), 1074-1081.
  • Majee, W., Thullen, M., Sethi, T.K., & Davis, A. (2017). Influences on Infant Feeding: Perceptions of Mother-Father Parent Dyads. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 42(5): 289-294. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000357
  • Goodman, L., Majee W, & Reed Adams, J. (2017) Building Community Leaders: Showcasing how community leadership program mini-grant funding propels graduates to address community needs. Journal of Community Practice, 26(3), 358-376.
  • Majee W., Goodman, L., Reed Adams, J., & Keller, K. (2017). The WE-Lead Model for bridging the low-income community leadership skills-practice gap. Journal of Community Practice. 25(1), 126-137. doi:
  • Majee, W., Jefferson U., Goodman, L, & Olsberg, J. (2016) 4 Years Later: A Qualitative Study of Rural Mothers’ and Employers’ Perspectives on breastfeeding challenges following the passing of the Affordable Care Act. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27 (3), 1110-1125. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0111
  • Thullen, M., Majee, W., & Davis, A. (2016) Co-parenting and feeding in early childhood: Reflections of parent dyads on how they manage the developmental stages of feeding over the first three years. Appetite, 105 (2016) 334e343.
  • Goodman, L., Majee, W., Olsberg, J., & Jefferson, U. (2016). Breastfeeding Barriers and Support in a Rural Setting. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 41(2), 98- 103. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000212.
  • Majee, W., Goodman, L., Vetter-Smith, M., & Canfield, S. (2016). Healthy Communities Initiative: A preliminary assessment of the University of Missouri-Sedalia health promotion partnership. Community Development, 47(1): 91-105, doi: 10.1080/15575330.2015.1100643
  • Majee, W., Maltsberger, B., Johnson, T., & Reed Adams, J. (2014). Collaboration: Finding the place for Cooperative Extension in the intersection of community development and health promotion. Community Development, 45(1): 90-102.
  • Majee, W. & Maltsberger, B. (2013). Unlocking Public Value: An Evaluation of the Impact of Missouri’s Great Northwest Day at the Capitol Program. Journal of Extension. Feature Article 4FEA10, Online 51(4).
  • Maltsberger, B. & Majee, W. (2012). Building regional networking capacity through leadership development: the case of Leadership Northwest Missouri. Journal of Extension. Feature Article 4FEA3, Online 50 (4).
  • Majee, W., Long, S., & Smith, D. (2012). Building community leadership: Participants from a community leadership program tell their stories. Community Development, 43(1): 80-94.
  • Majee, W. & Hoyt, A. (2011). Cooperatives and community development: A perspective on the use of cooperatives in development. Journal of Community Practice, 19(1): 48-61.
  • Majee, W. & Hoyt, A. (2010). Are cooperatives the brewing pots for social capital? Community Development, 41 (4): 414-427.
  • Majee, W. & Hoyt, A. (2009). Building Community Trust through Cooperatives: the case of Caring Home Services. Journal of Community Practice, 17(4): 444-463.