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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
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
Brigette A. Davis
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Each individual’s road from youth to adulthood has its challenges, yet an ideal society is one that allows all to grow into their fullest potential. However, for people of color, this road is made more difficult by structural racism embedded in the institutions encountered throughout development. Racism ingrained in our school systems, neighborhoods, occupations,… View Article
Gabriella Alvarez
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS How does the social world get under the skin to sculpt the brain and body? As the central question in her work, Gabriella specifically explores how sociocultural risk factors (i.e., race-related and socioeconomic stress) are represented in brain activity and translated into physiological changes that have relevance for mental and physical health. She also… View Article
Jason Ashe
Posted On August 1, 2019 12:34 pm
FOCUS Studying behavioral medicine and community psychology, Jason’s research interests are interdisciplinary, spanning religious studies, social health psychology, and community health. Jason is interested in exploring the multiple dimensions and behaviors of religious involvement and spirituality among African Americans that influence race-related stressors (discrimination), health outcomes, decision-making, and physician-patient relationships. As part of the program,… 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
Kevin Nguyen
Posted On July 24, 2019 1:19 pm
FOCUS Kevin’s research focuses on improving the quality of care patients receive from safety net providers and programs. He hopes to expand evidence on the determinants of high-quality care in the U.S. health care safety net, and use research to inform the design of state and federal health policies. He is particularly interested in evaluating… View Article
Chioma Woko
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:50 pm
FOCUS Disproportionate access to health information and resources by marginalized groups is one indicator of health inequity and disparity in the United States. Further, the composition of an individual’s social networks is a strong predictor for their health outcomes and behaviors. Social media has expanded the traditional idea of a social network, allowing people in… View Article
Jennifer Whittaker
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:48 pm
FOCUS People living in rural communities experience avoidable and unjust disparities in health outcomes. Lack of access to health care services is compounded by shortcomings in physical infrastructure, transportation, housing, education and economic systems. Jenny’s research seeks to understand how health care systems can partner with other community and municipal systems to improve health care… View Article
Hawi Teizazu
Posted On July 23, 2019 6:47 pm
FOCUS Hawi is interested in investigating the social and structural factors that impact the health outcomes of racial minorities, and the ways that the social capital of minority communities can be incorporated into public health services. Health interventions in historically marginalized communities are often informed by deficit-focused frameworks. Hawi hopes that her work will reframe… View Article

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