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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
Sarah Peralta
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:06 pm
FOCUS Sarah’s research interests are on issues related to grief and bereavement in the United States juvenile and criminal justice system. She has a specific interest in the numerous ways that grief expressions in marginalized communities can become pathologized/penalized. Her goals are to address the need for gender responsive, trauma-informed services through collaborative research that… View Article
Sarah El-Azab
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:05 pm
FOCUS Sarah’s goal is to ensure that the data used to inform and develop health policy represents the lived experiences of impacted communities. Specifically, she studies data quality in electronic health records (EHRs), which are frequently used as observational data sets in clinical and public health research. EHR data, which encodes clinical workflows and institutional… View Article
Motunrayo Tosin-Oni
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:02 pm
FOCUS Motunrayo’s research interests lie at the intersection of health equity and community-driven policies. In her work, she explores the ways legislative and institutional policies intentionally or inadvertently create barriers to care for vulnerable populations, and the ways these barriers subsequently exacerbate health disparities. Her policy evaluation focus aims to highlight policies and practices that… View Article
Mary Lynd Phan
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:45 pm
FOCUS How can we introduce evidence-based interventions to improve underserved youth’s mental health that are sustainable and cost-effective? Using a community-based participatory research approach, Mary intends to collaborate with key stakeholders within the schools and community to implement mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) for underserved youth. MBIs are financially low-cost, and once learned, can be practiced anytime… View Article
Lastascia Coleman
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:43 pm
FOCUS Lastascia’s research interests include investigating the intersection of Medicaid policy and maternal racial and geographic health disparities. She will approach research with a Reproductive Justice framework. Her research will be aimed at addressing structural and systemic barriers that are detrimental to meaningful change within health systems, healthcare organizations, governments, regulatory entities, and payers. She… View Article
Khadijah Ameen
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:41 pm
FOCUS Khadijah’s doctoral research is on place-based, community-led interventions to address Black health inequities in the United States. As a Black woman raised in Virginia and Georgia, Khadijah is particularly interested in the impact of racism and intersecting forms of oppression on Black health in the American South. Due to centuries of structural violence in… View Article
Keiwana Glover
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:40 pm
FOCUS Starting her doctoral program during a pandemic was challenging, but surprisingly not the most difficult experience of Keiwana’s first year. After starting her research rotation in a lab that focuses on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, she started to suffer from “auto-immune flare-ups” herself. Several misdiagnoses later, Keiwana was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, an… View Article

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