Health Policy Research Scholars Dissertation Grant Awardees

All scholars in Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) are eligible to apply for the HPRS Dissertation Grant, a competitive award of up to $10,000 dollars. The one-time grant supports scholar dissertation research activities for projects that have specific health policy implications and advance a Culture of Health. Applications are reviewed and awarded quarterly.

  • August 2021
    • Chioma Woko: The Effect of Source Credibility on Promising Message Themes: A Message Pretesting Study to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among Black Americans
  • May 2021
    • Tran Doan: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Universal Routine Depression Screening of U.S. Adolescents in Primary Care
    • Shanaé Burch: In Pursuit of Healthful Narratives: Black Women and/or Gender-Expansive Citizens Creating and Performing Art and Cultural Work in Service of “Good Health”
    • Alberto Cifuentes: A Convergent Mixed Methods Study of the Impact of Stigma on the Sexual Health and Substance Use Outcomes of Internet-based Cisgender Male Sex Workers Who Have Sex with Men
    • Katherine Gutierrez: Three Essays on Policy, Equity, and Economics
    • Ans Irfan: Advancing Culture of Health & Health Systems Strengthening through Climate Adaptive Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Case Study for Climate Competent Care
    • Jocelyn Poe: On Trauma Imaginaries & Community Health
    • Jake Ryann Sumibcay: Examining Structural Racism as a Fundamental Cause of Health Inequities Among the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and the Indigenous Māori and Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Exploratory Comparative Case Study Analysis
    • Tiana Moore: Residential Mobility and Historical Discriminatory Housing Policy’s Influence on Contemporary Child Health and Cognition
    • Hawi Teizau: Maternal Mortality in the Spotlight: An Analysis of Maternal Health Research, News Media Coverage, and Public Opinion Related to Maternal Mortality and Maternal Health Policies in the United States
    • Matthew Bakko: Disentangling Punishment and Care: Organizing Institutional Change in Municipal Community Safety
  • February 2021
    • Andrew Arriaga: It’s the Law?: A Study of Policy, Minority Stress, and Gay Men’s Barriers to Parenthood in the United States
    • Mónica Gutierrez: Does Power Impact an Individual’s Ability to Maintain Place, Space, and Identity? A Community Study
    • M. Nicole Kunkel: The Effects of Perinatal PCBs and Sociosexual Stress on the Hypothalamus and Behavior of Female Rats
    • Kevin Wiley Jr.: Data Quality and Care Coordination in Type 2 Diabetes Management
  • November 2020
    • Rebekah Cross: Gentrification, Residential Mobility and Preterm Birth among Black Women: A Mixed-Methods Study of Racial Resegregation in Northern California
    • Yaminette Diaz-Linhart: Does Worker Voice Impact Worker Well-being in Health Care and Social Services?
    • Tyler Jimenez: Untitled
  • August 2020
    • Angela Adler: Brain Injury and Romantic Partnership: Relationship Quality and Stigma
    • Josefina Flores Morales: Three Essays on the Health of Immigrants and Undocumented Adults and Elders
    • Demar Lewis: Black Ideologies on Community Safety in the 21st Century
    • Kathleen McCarty: Sport Opportunities for Collegiate Students with Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Review of Current Program Offerings, Barriers, and Facilitators
    • Samantha Scott: How Deep is your Kaumaha? Unfolding the Experiences of Historical and Intergenerational Trauma among Wāhine
    • Kristi Roybal: Exploring the Relationship between Historical Redlining and Place-Based Reproductive Health Inequities: A Qualitative GIS Approach
    • Cristina Gomez-Vidal: The Legal Reproduction of Maternal and Infant Health Inequities in Unincorporated Communities
  • May 2020
    • Deanna Barath: Hospital Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Health Outcomes
    • Regina Fuller: The (Un)Making of Comprehensive Sexuality Education Policy in Ghana
    • Leslie Salas-Hernández: Understanding Police-Public Contact: The Role of Police Violence and a Police Training Intervention
    • Terrell Frazier: Innovation at the Intersection: Specifying the Dynamics of Tactical Innovation within Heterogenous Activist Networks
  • February 2020
    • Laurent Reyes: A Phenomenological Study Exploring Experiences of Civic Participation among Older African Americans and Latinx Immigrants using an Intersectional Life-Course Perspective
    • Jennifer Whittaker: Understanding the Role of Place in Health and Wellbeing for Rural Families: A Photovoice Project by Moms
    • Ashley Gripper: We Don’t Farm because it’s Trendy: An Environmental Justice Approach to Understanding the Connections Between Urban Agriculture and Health in Philadelphia
    • Raven Hardy: Mechanism of Brain Circuitry Underlying Cognitive Decline in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)
    • Dislorei (Desi) Small-Rodriguez: Remaking Collective Identities: Data Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Indigenous Nations
  • December 2019
    • Alane Celeste-Villalvir: Finding the Missing Millions: An Exploration of Challenges and Facilitators to Hepatitis C (HCV) Screening Among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
    • Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick: La Gente Unida: Latinx Immigrant and Indigenous Health and Advocacy on California’s Central Coast
    • Adrian Neely: School Connectedness and African American Students: An Examination with Implications for Policy and Teacher Education
    • Marie Plaisime: Perceptions of Racial Bias & Interracial Anxiety Among Medical Students: A Mixed Methods Study
  • July 2019
    • Brittney Butler: Examination of Exposures to Anti-Black Racism Over the Lifecourse and their Association with Pregnancy Induced Hypertensive Disorders Among Black Women
  • May 2019
    • Samuel Baxter: Examining Racial Differences in Cardiovascular Health among Young Men: The role of Residential Segregation
    • Jenny Guadamuz: Immigration Status, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Medication Use in the United States
    • Marcela Nava: The Political Economy of Immigrant Health: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Social Capital and the Immigrant Paradox
    • Kristefer Stojanovski: Systems Science Approaches to Visualize, Model, and Explore Stigma’s Role in Socially Patterning HIV Risk Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men (GBMSM) in Europe
    • Henry Willis: Developing a Culturally-Adapted Mobile Mental Health Intervention: A Multi-Study, Mixed Methods Approach
    • Jennifer Richmond: Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Services Use: Exploring the Role of Racial Equity Training for Nurse Navigators and Improved Measurement of Trust in Health Care
    • Bukola Bakare: Corporate Social Responsibility and Traffic Congestion: A Mixed Methods Study
    • Ana Herrera: The Association between Tobacco Retail Outlet Density and Advertising with Neighborhood Socio-demographic Characteristics around Colleges in Texas
    • Amy Jones: The New Affirmative Action: The Experience of Students of Color in Diversity-Focused Collegiate Incorporation Programs
    • Jennifer McGee-Avila: Multilevel Points of Intervention to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women Living with HIV: A Mixed Methods Approach to Addressing Health Inequities
  • February 2019
    • Jasmine Blanks Jones: Performance as Public Work: Youth as Civic Actors for Policy and Practice in Liberia
    • Matthew Lee: Advancing Understandings of Policy Implementation and Sustainability to Address Health Equity: A Mixed Methods Case Study of Tobacco Control in New York City
    • Dana Williamson: Understanding Capacity-building Efforts to Address Environmental Justice Concerns
    • Erica Browne: Moving Further Upstream to Promote Racial Equity: A Mixed Method Analysis of Private Nonprofit Hospital Community Benefit
    • Angeliz Encarnación Burgos: Urban Development under Conditions of Colonialism: A Critical Urban History of Santurce, Puerto Rico
    • Arrianna Planey: A Multi-Scale Spatial & Political Economic Analysis of Health Policy, Provider Location Decisions, and Access to Audiology Services
  • September 2018
    • Patrice Williams: “They Over-Promised and Under-Delivered”: A Mixed Methods Study on the Effects of Residential Displacement Pressure on Black Residents in Southwest Atlanta
  • June 2018
    • Andrew Anderson: Exploring Mental Health Disparities among Accountable Care Organizations
    • Sondra Calhoun Lavigne: Antimicrobial Use and Resistance: Intersections of Companion Animal and Public Health
  • April 2018
    • Paul Shafer: Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Utilization of Emergency and Primary Care
    • Michelle Doose: Examining the Multilevel Influences on Diabetes and Hypertension Clinical Care Management among Breast Cancer Patients

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