Tammy Jacobs is a Community Engagement Specialist with the New IDEAS study. She brings a wealth of knowledge with a background in low income housing. Previously she has worked with low income residents in public housing community developments in Durham and Chapel Hill. She has contributed to work involving HIV awareness studies among these populations. Prior to this work she held multiple roles with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Her research interest include a desire to improve African American public health equity among the elderly and women. Tammy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.