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Natasha M. Lee-Johnson
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Little is known about Black women with intellectual disabilities and their experiences with sexual and reproductive healthcare. However, it is now understood that Black women experience increased uterine fibroids, maternal mortality, and disparities in accessing healthcare services (e.g., early prenatal care, fertility treatment). In addition, women with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for… 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
Ashley J. Cooper
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:22 pm
FOCUS Ashley’s mission is to improve health outcomes for Black women in the United States. She believes that successful healthcare research requires diverse perspectives and a shift toward the intersectional scholarship model to develop population-specific interventions. Her current research examines the prevalence of obesity and cardiometabolic disorders in Black US women, and how individual and… View Article
Alejandra Arrieta
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:17 pm
FOCUS Alejandra is committed to researching social determinants of health, with a focus on predictors of gender inequalities in health and how these disparities vary by race, ethnicity, and economic background. She is particularly interested in studying how gender norms affect behaviors and health during adolescence, as well as the long-term consequences on chronic disease… View Article
Danae Ross
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:22 pm
FOCUS Bringing an interdisciplinary lens to the study of Black maternal/parental health, Danae’s work centers the physical and mental health of Black mothers and their infants in sexual and reproductive justice discourses. She investigates how anti-Black culture–particularly related to Black sexuality and parenthood–influences Black maternal/parental-infant lived experiences as well as health outcomes, standard medical recommendations,… View Article
TyKera Marrow
Posted On November 29, 2020 3:07 pm
FOCUS The general mistrust and anticipation of stigmatization that Black Americans feel in general, concerning the medical context and larger American systems, can have a significant negative impact on the utilization of health care services. TyKera is dedicated to engaging in research promoting health equity to increase physical and mental health outcomes for Black Americans,… View Article
Jessica L. Levasseur
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:02 pm
FOCUSJessica believes that all people have the right to a home and work environment safe from endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have been associated with a multitude of health outcomes, from asthma to infertility to some cancers. These chemicals are notoriously difficult to study and regulate because they are now found everywhere, such as… View Article
Denae Bradley
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:00 pm
FOCUSIn recent decades, much of the public debate about mass incarceration has centered on Black men. Incarcerated women have been historically neglected, although women’s incarceration rates have grown at twice the pace of men’s, with the majority of women being of reproductive age. Research shows that incarceration negatively influences women’s health, where incarcerated women suffer… View Article
Chloe Sariego
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:48 pm
FOCUS Chloe studies the cultural, social, and historical processes through which bodies, nations, and their borders take shape in the U.S. She pays special attention to the changing context of immigration law and U.S. border policies and their shifting control of reproduction and family formation. In particular, her research examines the provision of reproductive health… View Article
Chevelle M. A. Davis
Posted On November 25, 2020 6:44 pm
FOCUSAs Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human… View Article

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