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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
Nayla Bezares
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Food systems affect multiple elements of society, influencing well-being from health, economic and environmental perspectives. In Puerto Rico, recent natural disasters have demonstrated the need for cohesive food systems planning. Nayla studies the sustainability of food resilience strategies in Puerto Rico, such as increasing local food production and expanding highly diverse agricultural systems. The… View Article
Motunrayo Tosin-Oni
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:02 pm
FOCUS Motunrayo’s research interests lie at the intersection of health equity and community-driven policies. In her work, she explores the ways legislative and institutional policies intentionally or inadvertently create barriers to care for vulnerable populations, and the ways these barriers subsequently exacerbate health disparities. Her policy evaluation focus aims to highlight policies and practices that… View Article
Lauren Prox
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:44 pm
FOCUS Do we have a say when it comes to the air we breathe? Well, that depends on who you ask. Where we live, work, and play can have a large impact on the level of air pollution in our air. Lauren intends to study air quality and the health impacts associated with inhaling harmful… View Article
Lastascia Coleman
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:43 pm
FOCUS Lastascia’s research interests include investigating the intersection of Medicaid policy and maternal racial and geographic health disparities. She will approach research with a Reproductive Justice framework. Her research will be aimed at addressing structural and systemic barriers that are detrimental to meaningful change within health systems, healthcare organizations, governments, regulatory entities, and payers. She… View Article
Ginny Emiko Oshiro
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:38 pm
FOCUS As a formerly incarcerated scholar, Ginny has learned that her lived experience is connected to larger communities and societal structures. The realization that she and her community were being impacted by the criminalization of addiction, the deinstitutionalization and criminalization of mental illness, the making of mass incarceration, and the construction of a refractory criminal… View Article
Chlece Walker-Neal-Murray
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:25 pm
FOCUS Chlece would like to create a family court that is more therapeutic in nature, prioritizing the health of individuals and families. Her research interests focus on understanding systemic problems that impact the health of families who interact with family court. Specifically, she is interested in eliminating obstacles to health equity by understanding, mitigating, and… View Article
Alexis Rowland
Posted On October 13, 2021 6:20 pm
FOCUS In the pursuit of abolishing prisons, Alexis studies prisons, penal policy, and punishment, especially those issues which affect gender and sexual minority (GSM) populations. Her work explores the ways in which penal institutions influence hegemonic perceptions of minority groups, and in turn, how they contribute to social and material inequality. The goal of her… View Article
Lauren M. Peters
Posted On September 27, 2021 4:35 pm
FOCUS There were fourteen Unangax children buried in the Carlisle Indian Industrial School cemetery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, including Lauren’s great aunt Sophia. In other parts of the country, families suffered the same losses, including sixty-seven more Alaskan children buried in Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. How do we return our children who were stolen over… View Article

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