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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
Seciah Aquino
Posted On July 23, 2019 8:07 pm
FOCUS Seciah is determined to successfully revolutionize health care in the United States and ultimately the world. She seeks to provide the leadership needed to address the health disparities that currently exist. She is passionate about the intersection of government, health policy, economics and leadership in order to effectively address health inequalities and create structural… 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
Cristina Gomez-Vidal
Posted On July 23, 2019 4:40 pm
FOCUS Cristina believes in building systems that uplift the dignity, ingenuity, and health of communities. Disadvantaged rural and unincorporated communities are often excluded from policymaking consideration due to their low numbers and limited influence, despite their ability to remain resilient with limited resources. Her research is focused on examining how government systems and participatory processes… View Article
Samantha R. H. Scott
Posted On July 23, 2019 2:06 pm
FOCUS Samantha is interested in addressing Native Hawaiian health disparities and exploring protective factors that affect the mental and physical health of Native Hawaiian women. Using the community-based participatory research approach, she hopes to restore cultural identity through culturally grounded interventions that revitalize ancient practices and values that have been lost through colonization. MORE ABOUT… View Article
Annie M. Francis
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:58 pm
FOCUS Annie’s research focuses on preserving cultural connections for American Indian children placed in out-of-home care. Her work includes evaluating the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act in her home state of North Carolina. Her future work also includes developing and evaluating culturally appropriate social support networks for foster parents who provide out-of-home care… View Article
Marcela Nava
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:50 pm
FOCUS Marcela’s research is focused on exploring how health policy and the social determinants of health are shaped by their broader socioeconomic and political framework. She is interested in connecting the historical legacy of colonialism to the current local, state, and national context of political actors, social service organizations, and health care systems. Her research… View Article
Leah Lomotey-Nakon
Posted On July 23, 2019 1:25 pm
FOCUS Leah’s work investigates how moral and religious experiences shape expectations about one’s self, one’s communities, and those one deems as “other.” Leah is particularly interested in the formal and informal processes by which people manage moral disappointment, both publicly and privately. This interest is steeped in a curiosity about relationships between organizational and personal… View Article
Jake Ryann Sumibcay
Posted On July 23, 2019 12:08 pm
FOCUS Jake’s current research is focused on driving a more effective engagement in health for the Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth and young adult populations by utilizing health promotion and education. Some of the critical issues that Jake has applied his research to include tobacco control, cancer prevention, healthy eating and active… View Article

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