Alumni

Kellan Baker

Centennial Scholar PhD Student, Health Policy and Management
Kellan Baker
Academic Institution: Johns Hopkins University Location: Baltimore, Maryland Cohort Start Year: 2017
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Communications, Faith/Religion, LGBTQ+ Health, Racial Justice, Social Sector/Non-Profit, Healthcare Access, Healthcare Quality, IT/Technology, Public, Population, and Community Health, Public Policy
Populations Served: African-American/Black, Asian/Asian American, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, People Living with HIV/AIDS, People with Disabilities, Women's Health, Adults (21-64 years), LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities

FOCUS
Kellan believes that health equity is a core social justice issue. His research interests focus on how he and other researchers and advocates working at the intersections of multiple communities can reshape the socioeconomic and political determinants of health to secure high-quality care, safe environments, and the highest standard of health for the transgender population and other marginalized groups. Kellan hopes to use this work to inform public policy related to discrimination and other barriers to health care and health insurance coverage, economic assessments of quality and value, and the collection of data that tell people’s stories and highlight the resources their communities need.

MORE ABOUT KELLAN
Despite majoring in astrophysics and Russian literature, Kellan made the transition to his current studies in health services research and policy after making another transition: coming out as transgender. As a public health scholar, he seeks to improve the policies and practices that affect the lives of transgender people and other communities experiencing health disparities.

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