Member Details

Total members: 394

I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Kiran Abraham-Aggarwal

Cornell
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would love to help out with research and can offer my research experience on the intersection of labor and healthcare.

Expertise/Goals

Collaboration.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Sameer Acharya, MD

Cayuga Medical Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Screening and implementing the sustainable approach in the community for the prevention of non-communicable diseases especially cardiovascular diseases is my area of research interest.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking forward to a collaborative and supportive environment in implementing my research ideas and plans for decreasing the burden of cardiovascular diseases in rural communities of the US.

I’m a trainee practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Nonyerem Acholonu-Fomin

NYP-Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer as a collaborator my clinical and patient-centered skills. My cohort predominately deals with critically ill children and their families.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for research design, implementation, and strategy from a collaborator. Would also appreciate mentorship in grant writing and publication.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Adeola Adetayo, Psychology

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of focus is mental health. I am interested in whether there are disparities in resources people can access to improve their mental health.

Expertise/Goals

I am highly educated in psychological disorders and ways to access resources to improve one’s mental health.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Abena Adwetewa-Badu, BA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests involve the promotion of health equity in underrepresented populations through cross-sectoral partnerships. I am also interested in the implementation of inclusive and culturally competent health education, communication, and promotion to advance health.

Expertise/Goals

I am currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH), specializing in infectious disease. This program has equipped me with a variety of skills to assess and develop strategies needed to mitigate health issues. As an individual interested in pursuing a medical degree in the near future, through the Cornell Center for Health Equity, I hope to broaden my skills related to culturally competent

Academic Member

Alexander Ajeto

Virginia Mason Medical Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Antiracism, diversity recruitment, inclusion, culturally appropriate care especially regarding end-of-life.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to better focus and direct my above research interests through collaboration with colleagues who are focused on health equity while hopefully identifying a group of mentors who can also help guide this work.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Bolanle Hauwa. Akanbi-Hakeem, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, MPH

Lifestock Management Services
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would love to bridge the gap in appropriate health communication in low middle income countries. I would love to create impact.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking forward to learn and gain insightful skills and knowledge.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Esther Akapo, Global and Public Health Sciences

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests are public health and the intersections of policy and equity.

Expertise/Goals

My interest in community engagement is what had sparked my interest in public health. Having volunteered in many communities and organizations ranging from medical to political, I was able to get a sense of what it meant to serve a community. Through many of my volunteering efforts, I was able to connect with people, learn new things, as well as experience a new culture or practice and it was

I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity

Shannon Alvord, MSW

Tompkins County Whole Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

What I offer as a collaborator are deep connections within Tompkins County to support community engagement and outreach.

Expertise/Goals

What I would be looking for from a collaborator are more connections into research and education, with a key mindset for supporting program monitoring and evaluation.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Priscilla Amanquah

Hunter College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

The Center for Health Equity provides a platform for innovation and change that is long needed in the health care system. Research in Social disparities and health equity have been overlooked and neglected; this neglect has led to a series of detrimental strong holds within the healthcare system that makes it difficult for individuals more specifically minorities to receive quality health care.

Expertise/Goals

Being a human biology major at Hunter College I have the opportunity to study a broad range of disciplines that contribute to the health and wellness of human beings. This includes studying the psychology and biology of humans as well as studying the health system in which we depend on. With my studies I will have extensive knowledge and resources at my disposal to contribute to the progression of

I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice, I’m a trainee practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Anjali N. Anbu, B.S. in Global & Public Health Sciences

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My current research interests center around gender and disability, and the impacts these have on accessibility/quality of care and individuals’ likelihood to pursue it. I have demonstrated experience working within communities marginalized by gender and occupation in northern India towards promoting access to and utilization of healthcare resources. I am also passionate about youth empowerment and

Expertise/Goals

Looking to collaborate with a PI currently performing research in healthcare sociology, population health/demography, or community health interventions for women, non-binary people and girls. My personal current foci are period poverty, topics surrounding education, & disparities in healthcare for women, disabled people, and LGBTQIA+ populations.

Academic Member

Jessica Ancker, PhD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My primary area of research is in patient use of health information technologies such as patient portals; although I’ve done work in health numeracy/literacy and patient decision making I have also found that some of the most effective ways to increase patient engagement are actually system-level changes rather than individual-level interventions. My secondary area of interest is in clinical

Expertise/Goals

I’d like to network with others interested in health equity and potentially develop new collaborations. I’d also like to contribute to educational and policy efforts to promote health equity in medical education.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Arielle E. Anderer, PhD

Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I offer a background in data analysis, developing and analyzing sequential decision-making strategies, and the statistical design of clinical trials. Most of my research thus far has focused on developing methods for leveraging available data to improve the design of oncology clinical trials. I also offer skills in utilizing predictive analytics in healthcare settings, and am currently working on

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for collaborators who are interested in these sorts of sequential decision-making problems, and would be interested in studying or utilizing algorithmic methods to address disparities in various healthcare settings.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I have created and coordinate a summer internship training program in biostatistics and public health research for underrepresented undergraduate students.

Caroline M. Andy, MS

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer my assistance designing and conducting statistical analyses for public health research. I am a trained master’s level research biostatistician and faculty instructor with the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Population Health Sciences.

Expertise/Goals

I am seeking research collaborations with public health researchers engaged in health disparities, health policy, comparative effectiveness, social determinants of health, and/or substance use research. Outside of my clinical research, I also have created and coordinate the WCM Biostatistics Summer Internship Program which is a training program in biostatistics and public health research for

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Zoltan Antal, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would offer my experience as a member of the pediatric health equity task force and my experience in the assessment of disparities research based on insurance payer. I would also offer my enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to improve on existing disparities with the ultimate goal of achieving equitable care.

Expertise/Goals

From a collaborator, I would like to establish connections to advance projects with similar goals. I am also looking to learn from those who have done health equities work on their successes and lessons learned from failures.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Cynthia Arvizo, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m most interested in increasing access to standard of care for all patients, which requires the intersection of many aspects of medicine – physician recruitment and retainment, diversity and inclusion in research, quality improvement, and education, among others.

Expertise/Goals

I think it is most important to collaborate with someone who is not afraid to give honest feedback and is willing to think outside the box.

Academic Member

Ramin Asgary, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have been working with and researching the healthcare of the homeless immigrants and refugees since the mid 90’s. I have developed related training curricula for public health students medical students and residents and participated in related advocacy and policy making at the national and international level. My current research focus is in health disparities curriculum development and cancer

Expertise/Goals

I have extensive leadership experience in national and international organizations and professional associations that relates to global health and population-based medicine. My wide range of experience in developing service programs educational curricula and research in these fields will bring added value to the current faculty and resources at the center. I am looking forward to collaborating and

Academic Member

Avery August, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in lung inflammatory diseases such as allergic asthma that preferentially affect underrepresented minorities and other under-served communities. I am also interested in work that contributes to increasing the diversity of the next generation of research working on health equity.

Expertise/Goals

Networking with others interested in this area. Finding a networking of basic sciences researchers in health equity.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

George Aumoithe, Ph.D.

Harvard University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

A point of contact and potential research collaboration outside of Cornell.

Expertise/Goals

Researchers interested in ArcGIS implementation for a hospital distribution study; connection to other researchers of public hospitals.

Academic Member

Ariel C. Avgar

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I explore the role that employment relations factors play in the healthcare industry. As such, I examine the effects of a variety of workplace innovations, including new technology, delivery of care models, and innovative work practices, on patients, frontline employees, and organizational performance.

Expertise/Goals

I believe that my focus on work and workforce related factors can add value to the center. I especially interested in the link between working conditions and outcomes for workers and patients, a link that has the capacity to inform a host of equity related research questions.

Academic Member

Kemi Babagbemi, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am currently interested in the disparities in Breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment outcomes in diverse populations.

Expertise/Goals

I have an extensive background in Women’s imaging particularly in Breast imaging and Ultrasound and I have concentrated most of my teaching efforts in these areas. I am also working on ways to increase the representation of underrepresented minority faculty and trainees in our department of Radiology.

Affiliate Member

Zahrine Bajwa, PhD

Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Food insecurity and health disparity.

Expertise/Goals

Food insecurity and maternal health.

Academic Member

Onyinye Balogun, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I study local and global disparities in cancer care delivery and outcomes. In particular, I focus on women’s health i.e. breast cancer, cervical cancer and endometrial cancer. There are persistent inequities in the outcomes for women with these cancers across the nation and within cities. In partnership with the Cornell Center for Health Equity, I aim to pinpoint the reasons for these pervasive

Expertise/Goals

I have prior experience with community education and outreach. I also have experience with clinical research and trial development. I hope to work with like-minded colleagues to ensure that the health of our communities (especially as it relates to cancer) is improved and not dependent on your race or socioeconomic status.

Academic Member

Samprit Banerjee, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My current research interests are in using multivariate statistical theory to solves the major statistical challenges in analyzing big data (electronic health records health insurance claims) and small data (smartphone data) in the context assessing need of mental health interventions among disadvantaged community members and its delivery to the community. I am also interested in the risk

Expertise/Goals

I am the Director of the Methods Core of Weill Cornell ALACRITY Center for Late- and Mid-Life Mood Disorders (P50 MH113838) which focuses on behavioral interventions improve the care of older and middle-aged adults with mood disorders treated in the community. I can facilitate connections between CCHEq and ALACRITY. I can also provide statistical guidance to CCHEq investigators in their grant

Academic Member

Yuhua Bao, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Economic and policy strategies to support evidence-based care for mental health and substance use conditions including strategies to promote equity in behavioral health care.

Expertise/Goals

I bring to the Center deep understanding of the interplay among policy organizational and clinical factors that contributed to lack of equity in health care access use and outcomes. I also bring expertise with multiple types of population data to address equity issues. I hope to expand my collaborative network and be inspired and encouraged in general.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Elizabeth Baquero, EdD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Depression; eating disorders; health education; health communication; prevention; health disparities; alternative therapies for health; and spiritual health.

Expertise/Goals

Received my doctorate in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. Currently working at the Division of General Internal Medicine at WCM and teaching part-time undergraduate communication and health courses.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity

Jonah Bassuk

Strong Heroes, Inc.
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would like to offer my experience in health equity, health policy, research, community engagement, and education.

Expertise/Goals

I am passionate about collaborating on health equity, health policy, research, education and community engagement.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Solange Bayard, MD

NewYork-Presbyterian
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am pursuing a career in surgery to improve outcomes for underserved patients, and for the West Indian and African American communities that I represent. With this purpose, I am empowered to address health disparities through research, global health initiatives, and policy reform.

Expertise/Goals

I aim to connect with others who are dedicated to addressing health disparities so that I may learn from those who have come before me, and collaborate on future projects. As a surgical resident, I hope that my perspectives will also serve as a resource to students as they navigate school, residency, and research environments.

Academic Member

Czarina Behrends, PhD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Behrends’ current research focuses on HIV HCV and opioid overdose prevention among people who use drugs. More broadly her work examines health services access and care for people who use drugs with the goal of generating relevant and timely health policy programmatic and economic research that addresses social justice and health equity concerns of people who use drugs. Ensuring culturally

Expertise/Goals

I have been working in the area of substance use research for 11 years with a focus on health services that sensitively meet the needs of people who use drugs using a combination of epidemiological methods economic analysis and mixed methods approaches. My expertise in this subject area will help ensure that substance use research is represented in this center to promote health equity research for

Academic Member

Laura Bellows

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research explores how modifiable behaviors and environments impact child and parent behaviors related to nutrition, physical activity, and healthy growth, particularly those that relate to childhood obesity. My focus is on improving health outcomes and equity of audiences most at risk for health disparities (limited resources, minority-populations, and rural settings) and those with limited

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in networking and learning from others in the Center to advance the collective work being done to reduce health disparities, particularly in the areas of nutrition and health.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Natalie C. Benda, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Women’s health, consumer health informatics, health information technology approaches to improving health equity

Expertise/Goals

Many health equity interventions are now leveraging technologies. My expertise involves evaluating the usability of technology and how it fits the needs and goals of diverse populations. Ensuring the needs and values of users are met ensures that solutions may be equitably utilized. I would like to be connected with others in the Cornell and WCM community doing health equity research to gain

Academic Member

Heidi Bender, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a Spanish-speaking neuropsychologist, my research has been informed by clinical dilemmas that were not fully explained by extant literature. Until recently, neuropsychology research generalized findings collected in ‘majority’ populations to under-represented groups, minimizing the role of bilingualism and culture. However, a “one-size-fits-all approach” is neither ethical nor appropriate, and

Expertise/Goals

Since my recent appointment at Weill Cornell Medical Center, I have continued working with a diverse patient base across the lifespan, evaluating neurosurgical candidates in their native Spanish and also in Russian. Doing so has provided their neurosurgical care teams with valuable insights regarding the patients’ treatment planning and prognostication. Moreover, I have become an integral member

Community Member

Carol Berlin

Cayuga Medical Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My interest lies in the development of innovative graduate medical education models that place an emphasis on community engagement and the social determinants of health that will result in new physicians with a primary care and population health focus.

Expertise/Goals

As a physician and clinician educator in Tompkins county I bring detailed knowledge and experience regarding the local healthcare delivery systems and its patient population. Through greater collaboration with the CCHEq I hope to partner physicians in training with local researchers network with community leaders and receive as well as provide education that will increase the health of the local

Academic Member

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Healthcare delivery systems and methods to under-served and/or remote communities, the role of companion animals in family units, infectious disease management, disaster response, public health, animal welfare

Expertise/Goals

I am the Swanson Endowed Director of Shelter Medicine at the veterinary college. Our Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell, founded in 2005, is one of only four comprehensive shelter medicine training programs in the world. The program has trained 3 residents and 20 shelter medicine specialty interns since 2008, as well as thousands of veterinarians and veterinary students in both classroom

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Jacqueline Blair

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a PhD candidate in Economics interested in the causes and solutions to unequal access to health care. I am happy to discuss research ideas and provide feedback.

Expertise/Goals

I am always looking for more people to discuss my research with and potentially collaborate on new research projects.

Academic Member

Kimberly Bloom-Feshbach, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a physician, medical educator and investigator, I aspire to build, teach and empirically study a practice of medicine that is as unrelenting in its application of scientific rigor as it is generous in its consideration of the whole person. My work tackles problems of empathy loss, communication failure, power dynamics, and physician burnout. Clinically, I am interested in improving

Expertise/Goals

I have an interdisciplinary background in Religious Studies with a focus on medical anthropology and bioethics as well as an epidemiological research background at the NIH. After undergoing a train-the-trainer communication program at Vital Talk, I am hoping to find through the Center collaborators interested in applying these techniques to improve care for vulnerable patients.

Academic Member

Richard Boyer, MD, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Van Poznak Research Fellow and Instructor in Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. My primary research focus is the development and evaluation of noninvasive technologies and digital health tools to improve health outcomes in vulnerable populations in a variety of care settings including hospital and community based settings.

Expertise/Goals

I have over 10 years of experience in leading large-scale medical technology development projects. My past and current work in the areas of wearable health monitoring and machine learning will allow me to serve as an effective technology collaborator on digital health projects with the Center for Health Equity.

Academic Member

Carol L. Brown, MD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Carol L. Brown, MD, is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who is the Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the incumbent of the Nicholls-Biondi Chair for Health Equity. Dr. Brown also serves as Vice Chair of Health Equity in the Department of Surgery. She holds academic appointments as Attending Surgeon and Member at MSK, and

Expertise/Goals

My Health Equity leadership role at MSK and my 31 years of experience as gynecologic cancer surgeon will bring additional expertise in cancer disparities to the Center. MSK hopes to gain collaborations networking and opportunities for Center members to expand research in cancer disparities.

I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, Doula & Advocate

Nikki L. Brown, MS in Management & Leadership

The Coochie Coach LLC
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I believe that what I offer is my 20 years of experience working with black women around womb health, doula work, coaching and leading through living. I am an effective communicator and writer who aims to experience joy in the midst of the madness.

Expertise/Goals

Respect and integrity

Academic Member

Joshua Amit. Budhu, MD, MPH, MS

Memorial Sloan Kettering
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My work is focused on health equity, especially in neurology and oncology. I am passionate about increasing access to care and diversifying clinical trials. I also work towards diversifying medicine and other STEM fields.

Expertise/Goals

I am a neuro-oncology and will be joining Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the summer of 2022 to work on health equity initiatives in addition to my clinical practice. I want to work together with collaborators across the Cornell community to research health disparities, develop and implement sustainable solutions and interventions, and to help educate about the importance of health

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Jamie L. Budnick, PhD Sociology

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in bringing undergraduate and graduate students on board new qualitative research projects on topics related to gender, sexuality, reproductive health, and sociological perspectives on science.

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in collaborating with faculty with similar existing research interests, or mentoring new students. Collaborators could share my qualitative or mixed-methods expertise, or complement my strengths with other methodologies.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity

Julia R. Burstein

NYC Health + Hospitals – Bellevue
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to bring my experience working at a large public hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Center to CCHEq and offer insight into trends we are seeing here. I am happy to help with outreach and research, and I have a particular interest in disparities in pedestrian/cyclist/road user injuries.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking forward to working with collaborators who have similar interests and different career paths so we can all learn from each other.

Affiliate Member

Marlene Camacho-Rivera, ScD, MS, MPH

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a social epidemiologist, Dr. Camacho-Rivera’s research focuses on three main themes: 1. Elucidating social determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in chronic diseases such as asthma, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer 2. Exploring within-group heterogeneity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease outcomes among racial/ethnic groups 3. Developing culturally-tailored,

Expertise/Goals

As a Latina first-generation college graduate, born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York, my earliest life experiences have molded my career trajectory as a social epidemiologist and health disparities researcher. As a Center affiliate member, my goals are to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new collaborations with faculty across Cornell to design and evaluate

Academic Member

Evelyn Cantillo, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Broadly speaking, my research interests include the impact of racial and socioeconomic determinants of health on disparities in oncologic outcomes. A particular interest of mine is endometrial cancer from a genomic standpoint and how that may translate into biologic differences that impact morbidity and mortality.

Expertise/Goals

Cancer disparities persist. As a gynecologic oncologist, I am uniquely positioned to address these issues. It is easy to become siloed in medicine. My hope would be to network with other researchers and perhaps find common ground to collaborate or at bare minimum, hear about new/interesting developments in other fields of medicine.

Academic Member

Andrea Card, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a primary care clinician educator at the only community based teaching site for our Internal Medicine Residency training program. I also co-direct the Psychosocial Curriculum, a year-long series of seminars offered to our PGY-1 class with emphasis on the biopsychosocial model of health, relationship centered communication skills, identifying social determinants of health, cross-cultural

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in collaborating with and learning from collaborators, strategies for social determinants of health and cross-cultural care curriculum development. I am also looking forward to the possibilities for new ideas for strategic development and enhancement of pipeline programs.

Academic Member

Higinia R. Cardenes, MD, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Education – International East Africa and Central-South America

Expertise/Goals

Gynecological cancer – gastrointestinal cancer – health disparities – global health

Academic Member

Colleen Carey, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

An economist by training, my research focuses on the industrial organization of health care, with special attention to federal regulation of health insurance markets. My research informs the design of publicly-subsidized health insurance markets such as the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. I am particularly interested in the success of federal regulations, such as reinsurance and risk

Expertise/Goals

Interested in fostering connections between Weill Cornell and the Ithaca campus.

Academic Member

Julie Carmalt, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am the Associate Director of the Sloan Program in Health Administration (confers the Master of Health Administration degree) at Cornell University (Ithaca campus) and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in population health and population health management. I enjoy working with community partners to use data to solve real-world problems while providing applied learning experiences form

Expertise/Goals

I would like to collaborate with other interested members around creating holistic recruitment and retention policies programs and practices of graduate students. Additionally I am interested in trading and creating ideas for building inclusive classroom practices and applied learning opportunities as they related to teaching population health.

I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Sara C. Carrillo, B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests include developing community nutrition programs for low-income Latine mothers of autistic children, using an intersectional and healing-centered approach. I am drawn to building spaces in the community where minoritized mothers of autistic children can connect, where they can feel safe, seen, heard, and understood, where they can release and heal and feel joy, where they can

Expertise/Goals

I am seeking to connect with community partners, community members, and researchers who are working on projects that promote health equity and social justice and that address the social and structural determinants impacting maternal health.

Academic Member

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Cassano is a nutritional epidemiologist studying the interaction of nutrition with the genome in order to identify strategies to prevent chronic disease. In addition to her discovery-based research program, Dr. Cassano directs The WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making. The Institute teaches review methods including considerations of

Expertise/Goals

I hope to network with Center members given my various roles and to find ways to work together to advance goals to reduce health disparities, particularly in relation to the role of nutrition in health inequities. I am interested in representing not only my own professional interests, but the interests of various groups that I represent.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Zar Castillo, BBA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Community organizing with a focus on international or indigenous mutual aid and undocumented worker empowerment.

Expertise/Goals

I have a background in information technology and using technology as a tool for documenting oral and historical memory as archival record of generational trauma that can pave a path for healing and reconciliation. I have presented at Columbia University’s Annual Conference of The Historical Dialogues, Justice, & Memory Network, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Corinne Catarozoli, Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would like to offer my experience and expertise in the area of child and adolescent mental health, the intersection of mental health and chronic medical illness, and integrating mental health into medical settings including primary care, subspecialty care, and inpatient units.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for collaborators with expertise in engaging community voices to inform healthcare delivery models, development of equitable healthcare services, and conducting inclusive research.

Academic Member

John Cawley, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on the economics of risky health behaviors. I am particularly interested in obesity and the diet and physical activity patterns that contribute to it. Specifically, I study the factors that explain differences in obesity, the economic consequences of obesity, and I evaluate policies and programs to reduce disparities in obesity, diet, and physical activity. I teach courses in

Expertise/Goals

I study disparities in risky health behaviors, such as poor diet and physical inactivity, and disparities in health conditions such as obesity. My goals are to shed light on the causes of risky health behaviors, the consequences of risky health behaviors, and the effects of policies and programs to modify risky health behaviors. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring the next generation of scholars.

I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice, Co-Author of white paper on advancing health equity

Jenna Ceraso, Biological Engineering

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Health Equity/Research Interest

(a) Led team of 10 to publish a white paper, Building Equity in Medical Device Design Control under expert Archer Invited to speak at 2024 World Conference for Quality & Improvement (Advanced Topic). (b) Looking for opportunities to speak/collaborate on implementing health equity, particularly in the medical device design and development control process.

Expertise/Goals

1) Opportunities to speak, collaborate, help pass legislation, help advance new FDA regulations requiring equity (bias perpetuated through 510(k) processes, etc.– change is needed). 2) Job opportunities for leaders in Quality Managements Systems, especially those that require engineering backgrounds (beneficial on regulatory side).

Academic Member

Philip H. Chang, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My clinical expertise is in burn care, from the initial injury through the acute hospitalization and oft-needed surgeries to the scar rehabilitation and long term recovery for burn patients. Burn injury disproportionately affects working-class adults and children from lower socioeconomic areas in the United States. Globally, burn injuries are particularly devastating for patients in low and

Expertise/Goals

I previously worked with Physicians For Peace, a non-governmental organization, dedicated to improving quality of burn care in low and middle income countries through educational outreach missions and visited burn centers in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Colombia, Ghana, and Bolivia. I have over a decade of experience with clinical research on all aspects of burn care. Like many in the

Academic Member

E-Shien Chang, PhD

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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a social scientist trained in public health research committed to improving understanding of social determinants of elder mistreatment across diverse social, cultural, and care settings. In particular, I focus on late-life health disparities in the context of violence, mistreatment, and exploitation through the lens of social justice. I am also interested in developing, evaluating, and

Expertise/Goals

I have prior experience with community education and outreach, with a focus on elder abuse prevention and intervention in minoritized communities. I would like to network with others interested in health equity research and identify opportunities to develop collaborations. I also would like to contribute to policy efforts to promote social and age justice in long-term care and other care

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Steven Chao, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I offer expertise in colorectal pathology specifically from the patients of Queens, NY, arguably the most diverse part of the most diverse city in the world.

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for a collaborator with more expertise in research design and logistics in regards to disparities in surgical care.

Academic Member

Eloise Chapman-Davis, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focus is both clinical and translational with an emphasis on health disparities among women with gynecologic malignancies. My clinical research includes focus on creation of health interventions to improve compliance for cervical cancer screening. My research interests expand to both local community engagement, health education and international collaborations.

Expertise/Goals

As a gynecologic oncologist, I am both a surgeon and provide chemotherapy for my patients with expertise in cancer care, palliative care discussions and preventative care. I am interested in networking with others interested in health equity with the goal of developing new collaborations to improve care among underserved cancer populations.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Kashmira S. Chawla, MD, MSc

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Witnessing the narratives behind illness in developing countries early on, I came to understand the biological phenomena of disease as a complex function of cultural norms and lack of access to basic needs, mired in abuse of human rights. I also learned that the challenges to obtaining high quality anesthesia and surgical care are rooted in dysfunctional healthcare systems, ineffective policies,

Expertise/Goals

I will be able to contribute my robust analytical skills in epidemiology, human rights lens, and insights due to grassroots national and international public health programming experiences. I hope to gain mentorship and collaboration opportunities.

Affiliate Member

John Chin, PhD

Hunter College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research has focused on the role of community institutions in the delivery of social and health services particularly to under-served communities such as immigrant communities and communities of color. I am also interested in how key community-based institutions in immigrant and minority communities shape community values and norms particularly in relation to controversial or sensitive topics

Expertise/Goals

I have been working in and conducting research about immigrant communities and communities of color for more than 25 years. My combined experience as an academic public health researcher urban policy and planning professor and previously as the deputy executive director of an immigrant health organization provides a unique perspective on questions of health care access and health promotion in

I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Nia M. Clements

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Health Equity/Research Interest

My work experiences on effectively communicating and executing goals on interdisciplinary teams and knowledge on survey research and intervention design

Expertise/Goals

Someone to expand my current knowledge on not only health equity issues themselves, but also innovative approaches to evaluating these issues (particularly with a focus on modeling and infectious diseases)

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Alison Coates, MBA, PhD (candidate)

New York State Association for Rural Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My interests lie at the intersection of health and rurality. I am interested in engaging with issues and initiatives that impact the health and wellbeing of rural residents. I offer a rural lens through which to view a diverse set of health-related issues. I am particularly interested in helping early-career individuals to engage with policy and advocacy efforts related to rural health.

Expertise/Goals

I am hoping to find collaborators who can contribute to education and development programs for early-career rural health advocates.

I’m a Cornell Health staff member working toward reducing disparities for historically marginalized groups and promote access for all

Kristi Marie. Coffelt, BA, Communications and Spanish

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have a background in operations and team management within healthcare and hospitality settings. I’m inquisitive and enjoy research, using data, and process/workflow creation. I am currently working on achieving Healthcare Equality Index Leadership status for my organization. I participate actively in a diversity working group and am leading our patient advocacy efforts.

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking to learn from others and exchange ideas and best practices.

I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity

Gloria Coicou, MPA

Community Foundation of Tompkins County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Within my role as the Chief Equity & Community Engagement Officer at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, I would like to learn how the foundation can collaborate and connect with other entities to advance health equity in our community. I can offer grant writing assistance and small grants from the foundation.

Expertise/Goals

I am open.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Meg Cole, MPA

Cornell Population Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Partnership with the Cornell Population Center

Expertise/Goals

Collaboration

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Jorge Contreras, M.D.

WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE
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Health Equity/Research Interest

It is critical that we work in partnership with communities to establish and disseminate health-focused programs. In doing so, we must be able to determine measures of success, evaluate if we are hitting those markers, and adjust our approaches as needed to achieve our ultimate goals of improving health and equity

Expertise/Goals

Increase equitable provision and utilization of evidence-based strategies to support prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Academic Member

LaWanda Cook, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests include understanding of the disability experience and how disability intersects with other identities to influence work, wellbeing, systems involvment, and everyday life.

Expertise/Goals

I would like to share my expertise and learn from others as collaborative partners on projects of mutual interest.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

George S. Corpuz, BS, BA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My experience lies in understanding the mechanisms of social and healthcare disparities created by language barriers. As a linguist with an emphasis in Hispanic sociolinguistics, I conducted a fieldwork based study that sought to examine the opinions and attitudes of limited English proficiency (LEP) Latino immigrants on care in a non-native language (NNL).

Expertise/Goals

I hope to contribute to these research endeavors from my linguistics and political experiences.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Alessandra Cruz

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I was referred by Dr. Madeline Sterling to join the Cornell Center for Health Equity to explore my research interest in understanding the HCW and patient- physician relationship. What interventions can we utilize to improve numeracy and health literacy among heart failure and cognitively impaired HF patients? Through chart reviews and community-based research I hope to continue the research

Expertise/Goals

My experiences as a volunteer in the triage of the Emergency Room in Philippine General Hospital in the Philippines inspired my interest in the Cornell Center for Health Equity. I became more aware of the health inequities within the healthcare and medical system when I found that patients could not read medicine labels in English nor could they afford and access basic medical needs such as pain

Academic Member

Mark Curato, DO

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Among my many interests is identifying factors and obstacles leading to the leaky pipeline spanning from motivated high school students who are underrepresented minorities or from underserved backgrounds, through college, medical school, and into a career in medicine. I believe many who drop off that path do so for reasons which are eminently manageable. I’d consider it one of my crowning

Expertise/Goals

My strength lies in my academic and clinical experiences heretofore—I have worked and taught widely disparate environments. For 5 years, I was clinical faculty at an urban community hospital in Bronx, NY. That hospital is under-resourced and the community is underserved in every regard. I bore witness to the frustrations and injustices endured by those on the losing end of health inequity.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Nadia Dahmane, PhD

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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a biologist interested in pediatric brain tumor research with a goal of identifying and designing the therapies for these diseases that are available to all children.

Expertise/Goals

I am new to the field of health equity and eager to learn how to address the lack of diversity in our research and in pediatric neuro-oncology clinical trials.

I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Meghan E. Davis, MSc

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

computational analysis and biopsychosocial lens

Expertise/Goals

clinical expertise

Academic Member

Nicola Dell, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI) information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). My main focus is on designing building deploying and evaluating novel computing systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. I am broadly interested in understanding the social technical and infrastructural challenges faced by diverse

Expertise/Goals

I am an expert in the design implementation and evaluation of computing technologies that aim to solve problems in health equity. I am looking for community partners and collaborators with medical and health expertise that have in need for or are excited about new technology-based interventions that will positively impact health equity.

Academic Member

Byron Demopoulos, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a clinician in Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine I care for a wide range of patients and have experience with how disparities in health care access and health literacy negatively impact health outcomes. I mentor medical students and residents on how to care for patients of different backgrounds and role model one-tier medical care for a diverse NYC patient population.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to foster collaborations in both education and research across the NYC and Ithaca campuses particularly through medical education for medical students and residents who rotate through electives and courses on both campuses. I am actively involved in recruitment and curriculum development for the newly ACGME – accredited Internal Medicine Residency Training Program based at Cayuga Medical

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Xinyi Deng

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I work in Action Collaborative Research, I would like to share my neuroimaging knowledge and quantitative skills in SPSS and R.

Expertise/Goals

I want to involve in more community and clinical research

Academic Member

Antonio P.. DeRosa, MDSc

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Antonio has dual roles on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM). In his first role as Program Lead, Decision Navigation & Patient Support in the WCM Meyer Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (COE), Antonio is a leader in providing decision navigation support and promoting shared decision-making among the cancer patient community through the management of a Patient

Expertise/Goals

Research partnerships, collaborations, and mentorship opportunities.

I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Melissa Dhundale, MD

TST-BOCES, Ithaca, Lansing, and Dryden school districts
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am pediatrician that has worked in both the rural and urban settings and am currently the medical director for multiple school districts in Central New York. I can offer mentorship or support in pediatrics and in school health.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for a collaborator that has experience building, implementing and evaluating mobile healthcare units and/or school based health centers.

Affiliate Member

Lisa Diamond, MD, MPH, MHS

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on understanding how clinicians’ non-English language proficiency affects the quality of care derived to patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). Ultimately I plan to use the results of my research to establish standards for the appropriate use of non-fluent non-English language skills by clinicians and to identify process and outcomes measures that capture the quality

Expertise/Goals

My experience in language barriers research has the potential in combination with networking and collaboration with other professionals in the Center from Health Equity to expand the reach of my work into changes in policy to improve care for patients.

Academic Member

Katherine L. Dickin, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I conduct formative, implementation, and evaluation research on effectiveness of community-based programs to improve nutrition and reduce food insecurity and health inequities in the US and globally. This includes qualitative and quantitative research on maternal and child nutrition behaviors, enabling environments, food security, capacity building for multisectoral nutrition, and sustainable food

Expertise/Goals

My expertise is in applied research methods, focused on development, implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs designed to reduce inequities. I have experience working with low-income families in New York to understand food insecurity and other stresses that influence parenting and feeding practices. I have also worked in several low-income countries in Africa and Asia, again doing

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Delaney Ding, BS

University of Florida College of Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My current research interests center around health communication and education, global and public health, HIV/STIs, substance use, interpersonal violence and abuse, stigma reduction, and mental/behavioral health.

Expertise/Goals

Methodologically, I am interested and experienced in community-based and mixed-methods approaches in public health research, particularly to serve vulnerable, marginalized populations. Through my research endeavors/collaborations, I aspire to discover, translate, and disseminate socially-insightful findings to the public at large and inform healthcare practices and policies. At Cornell’s Center

I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Peyton M. DiSiena

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would offer a new perspective based on my experiences as a young, female scientist and the intersections my many other identities play into science, medicine, and health equity. I am particularly interested in providing support and assistance in clinical work, research, and outreach/education and would be willing to do in-person and digital projects.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for someone who could help guide me in learning more about clinical work and interacting with patients and communities historically underserved in medicine and health. In particular, I am looking for collaborators who share similar goals as myself in trying to reduce health disparities so that medical treatment will be equitably given to all.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Jennifer A. Downs, MD, MSc, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a physician-scientist trained in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Epidemiology and have conducted research at the Weill Bugando School of Medicine in Mwanza, Tanzania since 2008. My three major areas of research have been: (1) conducting implementation studies to increase health and health equity in rural communities in Tanzania, (2) determining the relationship between schistosome infection

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for collaborators who share an abiding commitment to working to improve health and health equity globally.

Academic Member

Mary Jo Dudley, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Mary Jo Dudley is the Director of the Cornell Farmworker Program and a faculty member in Cornell University’s Department of Global Development. Her work focuses on improving the living and working conditions of farmworkers and their families. Her research examines the contributions of farmworkers to the economic and social fabric of NYS and their visions for the future. This research provides

Expertise/Goals

My research with farmworkers (interviews, focus group discussions, surveys) provides the groundwork for developing materials and activities (workshops, clinics, and consultations) that respond to farmworker priorities. Through this iterative process, we collaborate with farmworkers in building individual and community capacity designed to fulfill aspirations and address daily challenges. Since

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Malembe Dumont Copero, Phd City and Regional Planning

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m an urban planner by training, and my research as a PhD student is at the intersection of cooperative and community-driven infrastructures that help advance climate adaptation/environmental justice as well as community health (multiple determinants of health). As a collaborator, I can support community-based and -engaged research projects in NY and internationally and develop new collaborative

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for researchers to co-creating research projects with community-based organizations regarding urban health disparities and environmental health, as well as researchers conducting community health assessments (so I can learn). I’m also looking for communities that want to work with researchers to advance co-creative research on their urban health impacts and needs.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Alicia Duran, MHA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in how the US healthcare system can take evidenced-based steps toward health equity. In particular, I am interested in the use of public-private partnerships to drive changes in the social determinants of health and reforms to healthcare delivery to work better for vulnerable populations.

Expertise/Goals

I have an undergraduate education in health policy, enabling me to understand current trends in policy research relating to health. I am also pursuing a Master of Health Administration. The combination of my degrees enables me to understand the social and clinical components that produce health. I hope to use my expertise in health policy and management to drive changes in heath outcomes of

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Relicious N. Eboh, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest focused on preterm birth in African-American women and finding ways to alleviate health disparities in vulnerable populations.

Expertise/Goals

With my research experiences, I hope to be introduced to valuable mentors through networks at Cornell’s Center for Health Equity to allow for my continued growth in the field of public health and medicine.

Academic Member

Dina Elachi, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests are utilizing simulation in teaching neonatal resuscitation and optimization of communication with families.

Expertise/Goals

My professional experience includes curriculum development utilizing simulation. I hope to expand simulations beyond neonatal resuscitation to address microaggressions that may affect patient care.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Caryn Emeni, Development Sociology/Nutrition and Health

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a Research Assistant at Figueroa Lab, I bring experience in examining social and behavioral determinants of health, particularly in underrepresented and low-income communities. I have expertise in qualitative data analysis, which can contribute to understanding the nuances of health disparities. I am eager to collaborate on research, education, or advocacy initiatives aimed at advancing health

Expertise/Goals

I am seeking collaborators who share a passion for addressing health inequities and are committed to fostering diverse perspectives. I am particularly interested in partnering with individuals or groups who can complement my qualitative analysis skills with quantitative research, community engagement, or program implementation expertise. Together, we can create impactful initiatives that promote

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Joan Esmie, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Minoring in Inequality Studies with a concentration in Health Equity.

Expertise/Goals

As an undergraduate student minoring in health equity I hope to potentially collaborate with other members and hear about the current research being conducted.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Cisco Espinosa, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests focus on cardiothoracic surgical technique/technology innovation and biopharmaceutical synthesis and clinical application. Additionally I seek to translate research into affordable and thus practical solutions to health issues that can be used by patients of all disparities regardless of socio-economic background/standing.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to share my passion for healthcare and medical sciences with the Cornell Center for Health Equity in bridging the divide that currently exists within many of the research labs and the medical school/ health center rooted in Cornell.

Academic Member

Deborah Estrin, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City. She is founder of the Health Tech Hub in the Jacobs Institute and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech. Her students in the Master of Science program are interested in projects that could address health equity challenges. She holds The Robert V. Tishman Founder’s Chair and has recently taken on a leadership

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in collaborating with domain and community expertise.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care, I’m a trainee practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Minjae Eum, High School Degree

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As an Asian-American from Alabama, I can offer a unique perspective from my observations viewing health disparities whilst volunteering in impoverished neighborhoods and food deserts. Furthermore, I can share my experiences shadowing a family medicine physician, seeing numerous patient appointments within family-like communities, and a general surgeon, viewing multiple procedures from hiatal

Expertise/Goals

From other collaborators, I strive to search for varying perspectives and opinions on health equity and how different regions address situations that arise from negligence and medical illiteracy. Additionally, I plan to gain more knowledge about health ethics from medical professionals and expand upon concepts with peers.

Academic Member

Jerel M. Ezell, PhD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in how health outcomes are determined, socially, politically and economically, in post-industrial cities in the United States. Specifically, I focus on the various “fundamental causes” associated with racial/ethnic disparities in these communities, focusing on Black, Brown, and indigenous groups, using mixed methods approaches. My work takes a broad view of how public policy, and

Expertise/Goals

I hold degrees in sociology and public health and conduct work that speaks to the intersections of these two fields – adopting both a theoretical view and a perspective rooted in real-world applications. I have a growing publication record in the sociomedical sciences, including original research involving mixed methods, and I have roughly 10 years of experience conducting research and doing

Academic Member

Thomas J. Fahey III, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am an endocrine surgeon who is interested in functioning and non-functioning tumors of the endocrine glands – including the adrenal glands, thyroid and parathyroid. My specific interest in the Center originated with a study that we recently completed that demonstrated that screening rates for primary hyperaldosteronism – a common cause of surgically remediable hypertension – are particularly

Expertise/Goals

My career has focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with endocrine tumors. I hope that I can combine my expertise in the diagnosis and management of primary hyperaldosteronism with the resources and expertise in the Center in carrying out studies on a community level in populations that suffer from health disparities.

Academic Member

Sasha Fahme, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests are related to the health disparities of vulnerable populations in settings of conflict and displacement. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of forcibly displaced individuals worldwide has exceeded 65 million. This growing population carries a unique and disproportionate risk of poor health outcomes due to the effects of displacement on

Expertise/Goals

My long-term career goal is to be a physician-scientist conducting research on health disparities related to conflict and displacement. This is notably relevant in my native country of Lebanon, where there are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees displaced. I have conducted several years of service and research among Syrian refugee populations. In 2014 I was awarded funding through Columbia

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Khalid Fahoum

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My primary research interest is in the social determinants of health and how they disproportionately impact vulnerable communities locally and abroad.

Expertise/Goals

My experience ranges from basic to clinical research at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school level. During my MS in Global Health, my research focused on the social determinants of health for West Bank Palestinians and consisted of a literature review of this topic in the context of settlement and occupation. At the medical school level my research thus far has focused on

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Adetayo Fawole, MD MPH

NYU Grossman School of Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Qualitative methods research.

Expertise/Goals

Implementation research and digital health

Academic Member

Oliver Fein, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health policy Single payer national health insurance Community engagement: Brooklyn Queens and South Bronx and Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx.

Expertise/Goals

Networking faculty involvement with the perspectives on the Changing Health Care System Course for all first year medical residents and more faculty involvement in the Rogers Colloquium.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Richard T. Feiner, MFA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Social determinants of health; access to care for disenfranchised populations

Expertise/Goals

I am Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University with a teaching focus on cross-sectoral collaborations to combat global health threats.