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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
Samuel Liburd Jr.
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:44 pm
FOCUS Transplant is a new medical discipline, but has seen transformative success in its ability to save lives. Access to this incredible gift is limited, not only by the number of donors available but also through the discarding of donated organs due to poorly understood donor and clinical criteria. Within minority communities, this travesty is… 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
Johnny Huynh
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:04 pm
FOCUSJohnny’s research analyzes U.S. policy issues related to health and labor economics. He is interested in applying econometric models to questions of health care access and inequity, especially among veterans and racial minorities. What underlies his work is a passion to improve population health through rigorous evaluation of social policies. MORE ABOUT JOHNNYJohnny is committed… View Article
Christian Maino Vieytes
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:53 pm
FOCUSChristian’s research interests lie at the intersection of nutrition, epidemiology, statistics, and computer science. Harnessing tools from each of those fields, Christian examines the relationships between dietary factors and cancer-relevant outcomes in traditionally understudied cancer types (e.g., head and neck cancers). Christian’s interests also extend to how a cancer diagnosis impacts patients financially. Specifically, he… View Article
Jason Ashe
Posted On August 1, 2019 12:34 pm
FOCUS Studying behavioral medicine and community psychology, Jason’s research interests are interdisciplinary, spanning religious studies, social health psychology, and community health. Jason is interested in exploring the multiple dimensions and behaviors of religious involvement and spirituality among African Americans that influence race-related stressors (discrimination), health outcomes, decision-making, and physician-patient relationships. As part of the program,… View Article
Manka Nkimbeng
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:34 pm
FOCUS Ms. Nkimbeng’s research focuses on understanding the impact of psychosocial factors on health outcomes for minority older adults. In her dissertation, she is exploring the relationship between racial discrimination, acculturation and physical function in older African immigrants. She intends to use her research findings to develop and test interventions to decrease physical function difficulties… View Article
Maningbè (Mani) Keita Fakeye
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:21 pm
FOCUS As America’s older adult population increases, the effects of managing multiple chronic conditions become more burdensome. This program will support Mani’s work on evaluating the economic and social implications of chronic disease management in older adults and caregivers. Her work will inform equitable policy efforts to facilitate self-management, mitigate costs, improve quality of care,… View Article
Samantha R. H. Scott
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:06 pm
FOCUS Samantha is interested in addressing Native Hawaiian health disparities and exploring protective factors that affect the mental and physical health of Native Hawaiian women. Using the community-based participatory research approach, she hopes to restore cultural identity through culturally grounded interventions that revitalize ancient practices and values that have been lost through colonization. MORE ABOUT… View Article

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