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Hoisum Lynn Nguyen
Posted On August 19, 2022 8:02 pm
FOCUS How do we define trauma now, and is the current definition sufficient in encompassing the mental, physical, and generational health of racial/ethnic and marginalized communities? Inspired by the stories of immigrants and civil rights and LGBTQ movements in the United States, Hoisum focuses on the epidemiology of trauma as it relates to firearms violence,… View Article
Monica Ramsy
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:42 pm
FOCUS The U.S. carceral system devastates the health and well-being of our most vulnerable communities, disproportionately placing them on a tortuous path toward premature death. Restorative justice, which addresses harm and conflict through community dialogue and other nonpunitive, care-based means, offers a promising alternative to the U.S. carceral system. Monica’s research seeks to examine—and, ultimately,… View Article
Samyu Comandur
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:54 pm
FOCUS How do reproductive healthcare clinics respond to anti-abortion protests? How do anti-abortion protests and counter-organizing strategies affect the quality of patient experiences? Samyu aims to use a variety of methods and data sources in her work to document the efficacy of the strategies employed by clinic escort program organizers. She hopes to focus on… View Article
Aisha Diane Fletcher
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:52 pm
FOCUS Health disparities, inequities, and inequalities are not just a happenstance. They are often rooted in, shaped, and sustained by structural racism normalized and legitimized by the policies, institutions, and systems governing our society. These racially based, discriminatory policies often lead to worse adverse health outcomes and lower life expectancy for people of color. Aisha’s… View Article
Corina Penaia
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:26 pm
FOCUS Corina is committed to improving health disparities and social determinants of health in underserved populations, notably Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs), through education, community outreach, and advocacy. Her current work explores the barriers to accessing and utilizing disaggregated health data in NHPIs in California, which will allow community organizations to seek funding and… View Article
Julián Ponce
Posted On August 15, 2022 7:09 pm
FOCUS Julián’s research informs policy that ensures Latinx and underrepresented communities have an equitable opportunity to live their longest and healthiest lives. His research interests are motivated by widening racial and ethnic health disparities in chronic disease mortality and morbidity in the United States and Latin America. Julián’s research focuses on investigating the relationship between… View Article
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

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