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Saira Rabia Afzal
Posted On August 25, 2022 3:38 pm
FOCUS Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–24, with rates increasing exponentially over the past decade, disproportionately among youth of color. Saira’s research interests include developing and implementing youth suicide prevention and intervention initiatives. She aspires to translate her research into equitable programs, systems, and policy-level solutions that facilitate culturally… View Article
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
Tiffani A. Elliott
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:56 pm
FOCUS Healthcare policies that consider social and structural determinants of mental health and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are timely and important. The ultimate goal of Tiffani’s research is to improve the way behavioral healthcare systems interact with underserved and historically oppressed communities. Tiffani is interested in rethinking approaches to mental healthcare that better… View Article
Déja Imani Fitzgerald
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:54 pm
FOCUS Déja’s research interests are centered on exploring social and psychosocial determinants of health for communities with multiple minoritized identities, emphasizing those at the intersection of racial, gendered, and sexual minority identities. Déja’s interests also include how intimate relationships may serve as protector factors for queer people of color (QPOC) and LGBTQ communities. Merging these… View Article
Sierra Clark
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:51 pm
FOCUS Sierra is interested in understanding how to make green spaces (e.g., parks, lakes, community gardens) more accessible to black Americans. This work involves analyzing how green spaces are constructed as white spaces and the formal and informal mechanisms that prevent or facilitate nonwhite access to these spaces. Sierra finds the racialization of green space… View Article
Laura Joaquina Morales
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:47 pm
FOCUS Laura is passionate about improving the lives of those who lack access to clean water due to affordability or physical infrastructure. Water systems in the United States are reflective of the built environment. There are more than 50,000 community water systems, and half of those serve 500 people or fewer. Fragmentation of these systems… View Article
Abigail Underwood
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:45 pm
FOCUS Abigail’s research is centered on the reproductive justice framework that states all people should be able to choose to have children, or not, and raise them in a healthy and safe environment. To achieve this goal, she believes we must work with communities to understand systems and identify policy levers to promote tangible, lasting… View Article
Monica Ramsy
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:42 pm
FOCUS The U.S. carceral system devastates the health and well-being of our most vulnerable communities, disproportionately placing them on a tortuous path toward premature death. Restorative justice, which addresses harm and conflict through community dialogue and other nonpunitive, care-based means, offers a promising alternative to the U.S. carceral system. Monica’s research seeks to examine—and, ultimately,… View Article

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