Current Scholar

Dimpho Orionzi

PhD Student, Medical Sociology
Dimpho Orionzi
Academic Institution: University of California, San Francisco Location: San Francisco, California Cohort Start Year: 2020
Research Topics: Community/Civic Engagement, Education, Public, Population, and Community Health
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years)

FOCUS
As a social institution, our health care system is charged with caring for individuals when they are sick. The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought broader recognition of the importance of community well-being to the health of populations and individuals, and incentivized the acknowledgment of health care’s role in the production and reproduction of health inequities and disparities. Dimpho’s research centers on examining what systems change will reduce race and gender-based inequities. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how data collection mechanisms, like electronic health records (EHRs) and community health needs assessments (CHNAs), which are currently used to inform policies and practices, can be used to assemble rich, nuanced data that encompasses individual, organizational, and community-level health-related information.

MORE ABOUT DIMPHO
Dimpho’s perspective is shaped by her experiences as a Ugandan immigrant in the U.S. Her focus on community-based approaches is informed by her desire to create processes that center community needs and perspectives. Underlying all her research is understanding what methods and approaches facilitate and lead to social change.

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