Structural Inequities and Health

  • Examining the long-term impacts of exposure to structural racism, particularly community violence and law enforcement, over the life course on aging and cognitive decline among African-Americans, (NIA R01-1AG067525, PI. Co-investigators: Paola Gilsanz, ScD,  Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, PhD; Senior investigators: Lisa Barnes, PhD; Rachel Whitmer, PhD; Maria Glymour PhD); Collaborators: Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, PhD,  Rachel Hardeman, PhD, and the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity)
  • Historic redlining practices, residential segregation, and the interactions of changes in neighborhood racial and ethnic composition on neighborhood health (PI: Jenny Wagner, MPH, Doctoral dissertation; Role: Co-advisor, with Noli Brazil, PhD)
  • Intersectional exploration of access to healthcare among LGBTQ+ immigrants to the United States, relationships between LGBTQ+ supportive healthcare services and ethnic enclaves (PI: Bobby Chakalov, proposed doctoral dissertation; Role: advisor, with Noli Brazil, PhD)

Healthcare Systems

  • Impact of rural hospital closures on spatial access to care for Black communities in the US South (PI: Arianna M. Planey, PhD;  Role: Senior Investigator; Co-investigators: Donald Planey, PhD, Sandy Wong, PhD, Sara McLafferty, PhD)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

(see DEI page for detailed descriptions)

Health Workforce

  • Understanding recent reforms and current practices in medical school school admissions: Advancing diversity or reproducing racism?  (PI;  Co-investigators: Rachel Hardeman, PhD, Tonya Fancher MD, Mark Henderson MD, Mark Simon MA)
  • Describing the roles, responsibilities, and experiences of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership in US schools of medicine (PI: Co-investigators: Eraka Bath, MD, Mark Simon MA, Caitlin Jade Esparza, MD)
  • Characterizing experiences of historically excluded  students during the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing and applying for graduate programs in the health professions (PI: Co-investigators: Maribel Ortega BS, Yelitza Campos MPH, Bozhidar Chakalov, MA, Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MS)
  • Examining workplace culture and diversity, equity and inclusion in health services research and health policy (PI: Taylor Rogers, MPH; Co-investigators: Tongtan Chantarat, Carmen Mitchell; Role: Senior Investigator)
  • Measuring the outcomes of the Community Health Scholars programs in the UC Davis School of Medicine (PI: Melody Tran-Reina, MD; Students: UC Davis Rural PRIME track, Maya London MS1; Yelitza Campos, BS. Role: Senior Investigator)
  • Estimating effects of community college policy on certified nurse assistant workforce outcomes and geographic distribution (PI: Mallory Johnson, MPA, Doctoral dissertation; Co-advisor, with Noli Brazil, PhD)

Higher Education

  • Experiences of low-income college students in selection of health insurance, access and quality of care (Co-PI: Vicky Vong, JHU MSPH-Y1)