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Woodjerry Louis
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:16 pm
FOCUS Woodjerry is interested in examining how oppression, marginalization, structural racism, and intersectionality identities shape the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in black adolescents. The suicide death rate has increased in black adolescent youth faster than in any other racial/ethnic group. He seeks to address this issue by using community science research to turn… View Article
Clarice J. Hampton
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:56 pm
FOCUS Clarice‘s research aims to improve the social conditions of black women living with HIV who are disproportionately burdened by the HIV epidemic. She conducts studies from an ecological perspective to transform how society understands HIV-related stigma. Through community-based participatory research methods, Clarice centers the voices of black women living with HIV and uses multilevel… View Article
Jenna Warren
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:36 pm
FOCUS In her work, Jenna hopes to highlight pathways to mitigate and prevent negative health outcomes in minority communities. While her clinical experiences will allow her to impact lives at the individual and community level, she believes research and policy can generate population-wide effects. Examining racial disparities in health outcomes, including differences in health literacy,… View Article
Corina Penaia
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:26 pm
FOCUS Corina is committed to improving health disparities and social determinants of health in underserved populations, notably Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs), through education, community outreach, and advocacy. Her current work explores the barriers to accessing and utilizing disaggregated health data in NHPIs in California, which will allow community organizations to seek funding and… View Article
Seth Allard
Posted On August 15, 2022 6:53 pm
FOCUS Seth’s research interests center on military and veteran suicide and Native American youth suicide. Seth pursues collaborative and qualitative research on the experiences of vulnerable and marginalized communities experiencing chronic health disparity. His research approach is heavily informed by community-based participatory research, creative ethnographic writing, autoethnography, medical anthropology, interdisciplinarity (specifically the intersection of social… View Article
Khadijah Ameen
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:41 pm
FOCUS Khadijah’s doctoral research is on place-based, community-led interventions to address Black health inequities in the United States. As a Black woman raised in Virginia and Georgia, Khadijah is particularly interested in the impact of racism and intersecting forms of oppression on Black health in the American South. Due to centuries of structural violence in… View Article
Keiwana Glover
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:40 pm
FOCUS Starting her doctoral program during a pandemic was challenging, but surprisingly not the most difficult experience of Keiwana’s first year. After starting her research rotation in a lab that focuses on diabetes and cardiovascular disease, she started to suffer from “auto-immune flare-ups” herself. Several misdiagnoses later, Keiwana was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, an… View Article
Erika Mey
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:36 pm
FOCUS Given that Erika understands the importance of serving socially-marginalized communities, she is compelled to utilize research as a vehicle to implement public health solutions. Thus, Erika’s research interests include exploring chronic disease-related relationships between various mental and physical health conditions within the Asian American community and among the Khmer population. She will examine health… 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
Ariana Mora
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:22 pm
FOCUS Ariana is interested in the impact of healthcare deprivation on historically and newly disadvantaged groups. She aims to promote access to quality healthcare by designing evidence-based interventions that integrate affected groups’ perspectives and experiences in order to address existing limitations within social and healthcare systems. Through her personal experiences and clinical exposure, particular issues… View Article

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