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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
Wes Wislar
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:07 pm
FOCUS Wes’ research focuses on mental health disparities of gender-expansive people (transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, two-spirit, intersex, etc.). Specifically, he explores how transgender people experience substance use and access/maintain recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Wes uses qualitative, community-informed methodology to better understand substance use in the trans and gender-expansive community; and with this research hopes… View Article
Tyler McCoy Gay
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:07 pm
FOCUS Tyler’s research aims to explore police discrimination and over surveillance practices toward Black men who have sex with men (BMSM) to mitigate negative psychosocial impacts. A recent national study illustrated that 43 percent of BMSM who interacted with law enforcement reported experiences of police discrimination. Additionally, emerging research demonstrates that perceived racism and homophobia… View Article
Sarah Peralta
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:06 pm
FOCUS Sarah’s research interests are on issues related to grief and bereavement in the United States juvenile and criminal justice system. She has a specific interest in the numerous ways that grief expressions in marginalized communities can become pathologized/penalized. Her goals are to address the need for gender responsive, trauma-informed services through collaborative research that… View Article
Sarah El-Azab
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:05 pm
FOCUS Sarah’s goal is to ensure that the data used to inform and develop health policy represents the lived experiences of impacted communities. Specifically, she studies data quality in electronic health records (EHRs), which are frequently used as observational data sets in clinical and public health research. EHR data, which encodes clinical workflows and institutional… View Article
Santino Giovanni Camacho
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:05 pm
FOCUS Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders (QTPI) have historically been in the margins of Pacific Islander communities and have endured the erasure of their identities and experiences. Systemic racism, settler colonialism, heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia have been institutionalized into health systems, which are intended to promote well-being, but are often culturally mismatched, which widens health… View Article
Pyar Seth
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:04 pm
FOCUS Pyar studies Black sociopolitical life and death and how medical language, strategies, and technologies reenact and adhere race to bodies. Through an examination of institutional intervention and state violence, he also focuses on understanding the nature of stress and well-being in Black communities through capturing geographies of affect, bio-sensing, and psychophysiological response to racial… 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
Natasha M. Lee-Johnson
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:03 pm
FOCUS Little is known about Black women with intellectual disabilities and their experiences with sexual and reproductive healthcare. However, it is now understood that Black women experience increased uterine fibroids, maternal mortality, and disparities in accessing healthcare services (e.g., early prenatal care, fertility treatment). In addition, women with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for… 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

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