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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
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
Larry (Leo) Davis
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:28 pm
FOCUS The systemic inequities Leo has overcome contribute to his understanding and passion for systemic change in all domains of policy, economic development, and institutional programming. He intends to change the narrative of black fathers impacted by the carceral system and contribute new knowledge as to the significance black fathers have on child mental/health development,… View Article
Latesha K. Harris
Posted On August 19, 2022 7:07 pm
FOCUS Latesha’s mission is to advance the scientific understanding of cardiometabolic health disparities and improve cardiometabolic health outcomes among black women. Her emerging program of research explores the intersection of structural racism, psychosocial stress, and racial/ethnic inequities in women’s cardiometabolic health across the life course. Her current research examines how race-related stressors (i.e., racism, discrimination,… View Article
Natalia Coriano-Díaz
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:58 pm
FOCUS Natalia is interested in conducting research focused on Latina women’s reproductive and sexual health, and how these are influenced by current health policies. Presently, she studies how state policies affect severe maternal morbidity and mortality, which historically have disproportionately impacted women of color. She is also interested in exploring how human services can be… 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
Aisha Diane Fletcher
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:52 pm
FOCUS Health disparities, inequities, and inequalities are not just a happenstance. They are often rooted in, shaped, and sustained by structural racism normalized and legitimized by the policies, institutions, and systems governing our society. These racially based, discriminatory policies often lead to worse adverse health outcomes and lower life expectancy for people of color. Aisha’s… 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
Ashley M. Ortiz Chico
Posted On August 19, 2022 6:34 pm
FOCUS Ashley’s research focuses on community organizing for environmental justice in the coastal communities of Puerto Rico. She’s interested in how we create environmental policy that centers communities’ knowledge, perspectives, and needs. Coastal communities are at an increased risk of natural disasters and are often more vulnerable to climate change. This vulnerability is only exacerbated… View Article
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

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