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Michelle Goulette
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:29 pm
FOCUS Barriers to accessing health information and healthcare services have disproportionately affected racial minorities and low-socioeconomic-status groups in the U.S. Such barriers fuel disparities in cancer care. Increasingly widespread cannabis legalization has led to questions about patient knowledge and the drug’s suitability for managing cancer-related symptoms. Michelle plans to investigate the knowledge and beliefs of… View Article
Zong Huang
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:08 pm
FOCUS Zong’s research is focused on examining the drivers of economic inequality and understanding the effects of social welfare programs. For example, he is currently studying the role of Medicaid in addressing the opioid epidemic, one of the worst drug crises in U.S. history. Federal spending disproportionately impacts the poor, and it is therefore critical… View Article
Wes Wislar
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:07 pm
FOCUS Wes’ research focuses on mental health disparities of gender-expansive people (transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, two-spirit, intersex, etc.). Specifically, he explores how transgender people experience substance use and access/maintain recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Wes uses qualitative, community-informed methodology to better understand substance use in the trans and gender-expansive community; and with this research hopes… View Article
Morgan D. Farnworth
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:31 pm
FOCUS Morgan’s research focuses on the role of government in advancing health equity. Applying an interdisciplinary lens to the opioid overdose crisis, her work will examine its socioeconomic and policy causes, the gendered and racialized barriers to substance use treatment, and the promise of collaboration between courts and the treatment sector. Her research speaks to… 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
Anton L.V. Avanceña
Posted On July 31, 2019 4:56 pm
FOCUS Significant financial and human resources are wasted on ineffective health programs, interventions, and policies; and this waste contributes to rising health care costs and underinvestment in other important areas. Anton is passionate about reversing this trend through his research, which leverages simulation and economic modeling techniques to help guide resource allocation decisions. Previously, Anton… View Article
Ana Herrera
Posted On July 23, 2019 8:02 pm
FOCUS Ana Laura Herrera’s research focuses on the social, environmental, and personal influences on youth behaviors, particularly those relating to obesity and tobacco prevention. In pursuing a doctoral degree, she aspires to refine her research skills and learn how to develop, implement, and evaluate effective programs and policies to help eliminate health disparities. She believes… View Article
Patricia Calixte-Civil
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:22 pm
FOCUS Patricia Calixte-Civil is seeking to advance her training in the theories and methods of substance use research with a particular interest in barriers to treatments and interventions for tobacco dependence in understudied populations. She also has interests in studying effective and accessible interventions for tobacco dependence in African-Americans and the LGBT community. She plans… View Article
Adedotun Ogunbajo
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:56 pm
FOCUS Adedotun’s research interests are on issues related to health disparities and inequity, specifically HIV prevention and treatment, mental health, and substance use in racial and sexual minority communities both in the United States and across the African continent. He is also interested in the determinants of health outcomes among African immigrant communities in the… View Article

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