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Danny A. Kalash, DMD
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:26 pm
FOCUS Although children’s oral health appears to be improving nationally, it continues to stagnate or worsen among families of color, families living in rural areas, and families who experience gaps in access to social supports. While some states have achieved utilization parity among Medicaid-insured and commercially insured children, substantial utilization gaps remain in most states…. 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
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
Andrew S. Arriaga
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Andrew’s research is motivated by a desire to see equitable health and wellness services integrated more prominently in marginalized communities. His work seeks to particularly explore cultural factors related to help-seeking behaviors and health disparities among sexual and gender minority individuals of color—a population that has long faced adverse health outcomes and significant health… View Article
Bukola Bakare
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:58 pm
FOCUS Bukola Bakare’s interdisciplinary research approach and advocacy highlight issues surrounding physically active transportation and corporate social responsibility that informs planners of the need to channel transportation infrastructure and policy that benefit not only automobile travelers but also active travelers. Engaging active travelers through a safely shared road network can cultivate increased active lifestyles and… View Article
Josefina Flores Morales
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:46 pm
FOCUS Josefina Flores Morales’s primary interests follow two main lines of work: The occupational health and employment of undocumented middle-aged immigrants of Mexican origin; and the educational trajectories of newcomer youth and undocumented college students. Presently, Josefina is curious about how undocumented immigrants negotiate their employment and future plans as well as how their long-term… View Article
M. Nicole Kunkel
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:22 pm
FOCUS Nicole’s current research involves testing how chemical exposures during pregnancy may change brain and behavior, and how that impacts an individual’s response to subsequent life stress/trauma. She uses a rat model and looks at brain images, circulating hormone levels, and neurotransmitters as indicators of stress or reward. She also uses behavioral tests to look… View Article
Asia Sade Ivey
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:19 pm
FOCUS Asia’s research has a sociology of education focus where she examines how race and poverty impact the K-12 experience. Asia is currently interested in the role of culturally sustaining educators within public education, the resources and support they require, and how to measure their skill sets. Additionally, she focuses on the ways in which… 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
Angela Adler
Posted On July 23, 2019 3:25 pm
FOCUS Tens of millions of Americans suffer from one or more illnesses of uncertain cause, such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, migraine, and autoimmune conditions. These conditions disproportionately affect women and people of color, and advances in medicine have not led to advances in curing or preventing these conditions. Angela’s research examines the historical development of… View Article

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