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Zong Huang
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:08 pm
FOCUS Zong’s research is focused on examining the drivers of economic inequality and understanding the effects of social welfare programs. For example, he is currently studying the role of Medicaid in addressing the opioid epidemic, one of the worst drug crises in U.S. history. Federal spending disproportionately impacts the poor, and it is therefore critical… View Article
Ginny Emiko Oshiro
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:38 pm
FOCUS As a formerly incarcerated scholar, Ginny has learned that her lived experience is connected to larger communities and societal structures. The realization that she and her community were being impacted by the criminalization of addiction, the deinstitutionalization and criminalization of mental illness, the making of mass incarceration, and the construction of a refractory criminal… View Article
Gabino J. Abarca Nava
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:37 pm
FOCUS Latino immigrants face many challenges and stressors that can be detrimental to their health when immigrating to and living in the U.S. It is imperative to understand the effects of these stressors to bring forth evidence-based policies that give Latino immigrants the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Gabino is interested in understanding… View Article
Erika Mey
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:36 pm
FOCUS Given that Erika understands the importance of serving socially-marginalized communities, she is compelled to utilize research as a vehicle to implement public health solutions. Thus, Erika’s research interests include exploring chronic disease-related relationships between various mental and physical health conditions within the Asian American community and among the Khmer population. She will examine health… View Article
Enrique Lopez Lopez
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:35 pm
FOCUS High school is often a time in which social, cultural, and economic gaps become more tangible to marginalized communities, framing a coming of age with limited opportunities. Undocumented individuals face atypical limitations and stressors that compound other existing forces, heightening their degree of vulnerability and, in turn, become obstacles to their overall healthy development…. View Article
Edward Chauca
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:27 pm
FOCUS What is the role of culture in building resilience among immigrant Latinx communities? What can public health and policy officials learn from the experiences of these communities? Edward studies how the experience of migration affects the mental health and well-being of Latinx communities in the United States; the individual and collective behaviors that this… View Article
Alexis Rowland
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:20 pm
FOCUS In the pursuit of abolishing prisons, Alexis studies prisons, penal policy, and punishment, especially those issues which affect gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations. Her work explores the ways in which penal institutions influence hegemonic perceptions of minority groups, and in turn, how they contribute to social and material inequality. The goal of her… View Article
Lauren M. Peters
Posted On September 27, 2021 4:35 pm
FOCUS There were fourteen Unangax children buried in the Carlisle Indian Industrial School cemetery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, including Lauren’s great aunt Sophia. In other parts of the country, families suffered the same losses, including sixty-seven more Alaskan children buried in Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. How do we return our children who were stolen over… View Article
Elizabeth Rangel
Posted On September 27, 2021 4:29 pm
FOCUS In order to achieve mental health equity, it is crucial to engage in research that intentionally centers community voices and needs. Elizabeth’s research focuses on utilizing dissemination and implementation science and community-based participatory research approaches to increase access to culturally appropriate, evidence-based mental health services. Elizabeth’s current work aims to serve Latinx youth with… View Article

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