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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
Cheryl Aguilar
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:58 pm
FOCUS Cheryl studies the mental health impact of migration; the interplay of policy, politics, and mental health; and other structural complexities bicultural and transnational families face. Her most immediate research interest is to contribute to the study of the traumatic impact of immigration-related family separations and reunifications, particularly focusing on children’s experiences and their parents/caregivers… View Article
Muna Saleh
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:46 pm
FOCUS Refugees experience more health problems than people in the general U.S. population. Research to date has focused mainly on individual, familial, and cultural factors in accounting for these disparities. Extending this line of research, Muna draws on life course theory to understand how these factors interact with resettlement policies and related structural factors to… 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
Mao S. Lee
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:46 pm
FOCUS English learner (EL) students are often viewed as having a learning disability. Equating multilingualism with cognitive impairment costs EL students opportunities to advance academically as they are excluded from rigorous, college prep classes. Hence, their future is determined by their curriculum. Additionally, EL students who are refugee adolescents come from unique backgrounds, and both… 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

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