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Natalia Coriano-Díaz
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:58 pm
FOCUS Natalia is interested in conducting research focused on Latina women’s reproductive and sexual health, and how these are influenced by current health policies. Presently, she studies how state policies affect severe maternal morbidity and mortality, which historically have disproportionately impacted women of color. She is also interested in exploring how human services can be… View Article
Ashley M. Ortiz Chico
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:34 pm
FOCUS Ashley’s research focuses on community organizing for environmental justice in the coastal communities of Puerto Rico. She’s interested in how we create environmental policy that centers communities’ knowledge, perspectives, and needs. Coastal communities are at an increased risk of natural disasters and are often more vulnerable to climate change. This vulnerability is only exacerbated… View Article
Nayla Bezares
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Food systems affect multiple elements of society, influencing well-being from health, economic and environmental perspectives. In Puerto Rico, recent natural disasters have demonstrated the need for cohesive food systems planning. Nayla studies the sustainability of food resilience strategies in Puerto Rico, such as increasing local food production and expanding highly diverse agricultural systems. The… View Article
Carol E. Ramos Gerena
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:24 pm
FOCUS As a biologist and environmental planner from Puerto Rico, Carol wants to contribute to the food sovereignty of her country. Recent unprecedented and “fast-track” land use policy deregulation in Puerto Rico will be documented and detailed in her research, centering the perspective of local food producers. With her dissertation, Carol plans to promote effective,… View Article
Alberto Cifuentes, Jr.
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Urban sex workers, regardless of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, experience high levels of prejudice and discrimination that negatively impact their health outcomes. Moreover, these individuals often lack access to health care, employment, housing, and educational opportunities because of their culturally stigmatized status in society. Alberto’s research seeks to not only reduce prejudicial views of… View Article
Angeliz Encarnación Burgos
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:24 pm
FOCUS Angeliz E. Encarnación Burgos will explore the intersections between urban development and health in the Caribbean Region. She is particularly interested in political economy, local governments’ development agendas, exclusions and marginalization; and how they play as key elements in health, environment and urban life outcomes. MORE ABOUT ANGELIZ Angeliz Encarnación Burgos is a Ph.D…. View Article
Michael A. Rosario
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:44 pm
FOCUS The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is twice as high for black compared to white Americans, but the reason remains unclear. Michael’s research focuses on psychosocial factors that contribute to this health disparity. Using functional and structural brain imaging, he seeks to understand the impact of interpersonal experiences such as racial discrimination on regions of… 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
Sireen Irsheid
Posted On July 23, 2019 4:52 pm
FOCUS Social structures entrenched in racism and social inequality systematically fail students of color. Sireen is primarily interested in examining how these structural and contextual dynamics impact factors contributing to health and education inequities. She believes it is important to develop a deep understanding of the root causes of inequity and systemic issues in order… View Article
Blanche Wright
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:47 pm
FOCUS Evidence-based treatments (EBTs) designed to improve youth mental health problems have been predominantly validated with middle-class, white families in university settings. As millions of tax dollars are invested in bringing EBTs to the Los Angeles community, which largely serves disadvantaged, Latino families, Blanche aims to (1) identify ethnic disparities in the quality of mental… View Article

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