Member Details

Total members: 395

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.

Academic Member

Roger Figueroa, PhD, MPH, MSc

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research combines concepts and methods across disciplinary boundaries to examine interconnections between the social and behavioral determinants of health and nutrition, with a particular focus on children’s energy-balance behaviors in underrepresented and low-income communities.

Expertise/Goals

My research program is community centered. I have conducted studies focusing on childhood obesity in diverse early childhood contexts, low-income, and U.S. Latino families. For example, I have engaged in research activities with participants in: (a) Flea markets and Laundromats in low-income community settings in San Antonio, TX; (b) Hispanic Church settings in San Antonio, Texas; (c) Family child

Academic Member

Brendan M. Finnerty, MD

New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a board-certified Endocrine Surgical Oncologist dedicated to pursuing a career as a surgeon-scientist, my clinical and research interests lie within the field of Endocrine Oncology, including investigating functional adrenal tumors. Accordingly, one major focus of mine is to address the known under-diagnosis of primary aldosteronism as a treatable cause of secondary hypertension. Our group

Expertise/Goals

I believe I can contribute to the Center by addressing gaps in health disparity within the field of Endocrine Oncology. Given my background in clinical research, my goal is to identify factors associated with the under-diagnosis of primary aldosteronism in disparate populations and accordingly implement novel platforms to target these populations, eliminate disparities, and improve diagnostic

Academic Member

Joseph J.. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

The author of over 400 publications, his most recent book is Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and The Struggle for Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dr. Fins is also the author of A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006). Dr. Fins is a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in

Expertise/Goals

I am especially interested in health equity for patients with severe brain injury and have advanced a civil rights/disability rights agenda on their behalf building upon advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of this population. To that end, in additional to addressing the ethical and normative obligations we owe to this population through my work at Weill Cornell Medicine and

Academic Member

Kathryn J. Fiorella, PhD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research aims to understand the interactions among environmental change and livelihood food and nutrition global fisheries and the households that are reliant on the environment to access food and income. The challenges inequalities and unprecedented global environmental change drive my work in two central areas: 1) Effects livelihood and nutrition security and 2) Interactions of resource

Expertise/Goals

My research examines the interactions between environmental change inequality and health in global settings. Lake Victoria in Kenya and in Cambodia provides rich case studies for better understanding these phenomena. Cornell Center for Health Equity I look forward to opportunities to collaborate and engage with a broad network health equity and to engage new tools and opportunities to support the

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Lizeth Flores, Graduate Student

Cornell University- Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My drive to be an agent for change has been fueled by my personal, professional, and academic experiences. Specifically, I am determined to continuously serve in the movement for immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeker rights. Basic rights and resources, inclusive of access to equitable health care/reproductive justice, are often denied to these communities. My aim is to leverage my existing

Expertise/Goals

Informed by my own personal immigrant background, and over a decade of experience serving in the private and nonprofit sectors; and empowered by my graduate work, I hope to be able to contribute to the Center’s initiatives.

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

John Ford

Queen Mary University of London
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health equity perspective from the UK

Expertise/Goals

Learn about establishing a Centre for Health Equity

Academic Member

Elizabeth L. Fox, PhD, RDN

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests relate to improving the implementation of nutrition interventions such that they are culturally and contextually appropriate for target beneficiaries, particularly for women and children. I am also interested in exploring approaches across food systems, including those related to the food environments and provider behaviors, to support equitable and sustainable diets among

Expertise/Goals

I use focused ethnographic methods, including semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, participatory observations, free listing, pile sorting, social mapping, and photo elicitation to explore the priorities, preferences, and value tradeoffs people make related to their nutrition decisions.

Academic Member

Melissa Frey, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Cancer genetics, health care disparities in utilization of genetic services

Expertise/Goals

Gynecologic oncologist

Academic Member

Esteban Andres A. Fridman, MD, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My main interest is translational neuropharmacology in neurological disorders without a proven treatment or in which we may be able to move beyond the current gold-standard to improve neurological outcomes. I am particularly interested in catecholaminergic systems (i.e., dopaminergic, noradrenergic and glutamatergic neurotransmission) and drug development in long-term disorders of consciousness

Expertise/Goals

I am a neurologist specialized in neurological rehabilitation and a neuroscientist with background in neurophysiology, neuroimaging and molecular neuroimaging. I have been extramural PI of the NIH for almost 11 year and Co-Founded NeuroHealing Pharmaceuticals, Inc a startup company. My experience comes from the clinical field, integrating pre-clinical data to form new human background in my fields

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

Giulia Friso, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Critical thinking, Equitable access and inclusion. Equitable treatment. Equitable opportunity to learn. Equitable resources. … Accountability.

Expertise/Goals

brainstorming on systemic change and shared responsibility, or a more holistic view of an issue and of the possible solutions in a collaborative way.

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

Sainyam Galhotra

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a computer scientist with expertise is in data analysis (data collection, processing, causal inference, equity). I am looking to collaborate with domain experts and provide a CS perspective to the projects.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to collaborate with domain experts and solve impactful problems.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Katriana Y. Galloway, BA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

In my pursuit of Biology and Anthropology majors and an Inequality Studies minor all at once in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences, I have thus far forged an undergraduate academic experience for myself that firmly rests at the intersection of the studies of life sciences as they relate to the human body and experience, of anthropological theory regarding the human species at bodily and at

Expertise/Goals

With research in both wet lab and soft science lab environments under my belt, I bring to the table both an interest in and an experienced approach to research that has one foot in the life sciences and the other in the humanities. As articulated in my response to the previous question, my academic path so far leads rather directly to the doorstep of work such as that done by the Center, equipping

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Charlotte R. Gamble, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I currently focus on health services research as it applies to vulnerable women with gynecologic cancers. Using large statewide and national data sets, I work with a research team within our gynecologic oncology fellowship program to assess the impact of policy decisions on women’s gynecologic cancer care. This past year we have studied the perioperative outcomes, quality of care, and survival of

Expertise/Goals

As a surgeon-scientist in training, my background in health policy, advocacy, and health services research adds a unique perspective to the center. I hope to network with like-minded individuals, and to leverage these connections not only in collaborative research projects but also in building local and state advocacy into our work and the work of this center.

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

Christine A. Garcia, MD, MPH

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a thoracic medical oncology with a focus on quality improvement research and medical education. I am interested in make cancer care delivery more safe, efficient, equitable, inclusive and accessible.

Expertise/Goals

Interested in community partnerships to improve screening for cancer to learn more about underrepresented minorities in medicine, medical education and in clinical trials. I am also interested in developing curricula for trainees around diversity, equity and inclusion, especially as it relates to delivery of cancer care.

Academic Member

Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, MHS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Gariepy is the newly appointed Director of Complex Family Planning at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research focuses on developing and testing innovative, multi-faceted strategies for decreasing unintended pregnancy in marginalized populations, with specific focus on permanent contraception, the effect of unintended pregnancy on women, cost and contraceptive provision, and digital health

Expertise/Goals

Developing and testing innovative, multi-faceted strategies for decreasing unintended pregnancy in marginalized populations, with specific focus on permanent contraception, the effect of unintended pregnancy on women, cost and contraceptive provision, and digital health interventions to improve reproductive health.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Annie Geiger, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

In the past I have conducted microbiological global health research in the Nathan Laboratory of Weill Cornell Medicine studying a putative drug target in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. I am currently working on a tick surveillance data analytics project for the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases to highlight disparities between the tick surveillance efforts of different

Expertise/Goals

Through the Center I hope to dedicate my time research training and knowledge in inequality studies to benefit the work of the Center. I would like to contribute to a research project where assistance is needed and exchange my time and efforts for the development of skills in conducting health equity research and deepening my understanding of disparities in health access. I hope to work directly

Academic Member

Linda Gerber, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My interests are in the areas of disparities with regard to hypertension as well as other chronic conditions.

Expertise/Goals

I have a long-standing interest in epidemiological research and hope to get involved in more collaborations research and educational opportunities.

Academic Member

Arnab K. Ghosh, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Disparities in hospitalised patients as well as disparities in immigrants.

Expertise/Goals

Worked in healthcare finance. Networking and collaborations,

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

Jennifer S. Gil-Rai, MD,MPH

Cayuga Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

a) As a collaborator I would like to offer my expertise in any initiatives that may involve improving the health of communities as a whole and promoting health equity

Expertise/Goals

b) From a collaborator I would like to receive education on other areas related to health equity and also research opportunites

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

Ryan Gomez

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to join in community engagement and advocate for health equity across all health disparities. I would like to also maintain and nurture relationships between undergraduates and Weill Cornell faculty.

Expertise/Goals

I would be interested in a collaborator that engages in community advocacy and has strong ties to Weill Cornell.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Christopher J. Gonzalez, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on understanding how socio-cultural behaviors and networks can be leveraged to address disparities in obesity and obesity-related conditions among Hispanic populations. This work utilizes a multidimensional approach through analyses of social networks, socially-mediated behaviors and targeted community engagement.

Expertise/Goals

I am an Internal Medicine-trained primary care physician that continues to serve a predominantly under-resourced Hispanic community. My research aims to understand and leverage community strengths to overcome systemic inequities, and I look forward to collaborations to advance that aim through the Center for Health Equity. As a first-generation Latino physician, I am also deeply committed to

Academic Member

Susan Goodman, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Racial disparities in arthroplasty utilization and outcomes have persisted for decades but the contributions of race poverty or other social factors have been difficult to sort out. My research has focused on the interactions of race education poverty and other social factors and arthroplasty outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

My experience at HSS in arthroplasty research can bring this area of research interest to the Center to foster collaborations.

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

Karree-Lyn Gordon, Ed.D

The Urban Wellness Network, Inc.
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As an educator and non-profit leader I am offering years of experience working with underserved communities and building trust and partnerships in those communities. I can also offer project management in disseminating and collecting surveys and data. I have years of experience in teaching and training with both youth and adult learners.

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in building skills in Public Health Community Research and Epidemiology and access to funding opportunities through partnerships.

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

Elizabeth Gorman

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a trauma surgeon, I would offer clinical insight into the effect of traumatic injury on the greater New York community.

Expertise/Goals

I would like to learn about how I can collaborate with others in different specialities to work on eliminating disparities in access to healthcare and reducing gun violence in the community.

Academic Member

Ruth Gotian, EdD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My academic interests are focused on metrics of success with a special interest in physician-scientists including their motivation training mentoring personality and learning styles. Additional research projects delve into the areas of mentoring how adults learn adult and program development blended learning social media in learning and organizational culture. I also delve into barriers of success

Expertise/Goals

I have a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership and have done extensive mixed-method research in the areas of adult learning and success especially as they pertain to physician-scientists. My research studies are based on the work of leading adult learning theorists including Kolb Brookfield Freire Deci & Ryan and Mezirow. For nearly 22 years I served as administrative director of the

Academic Member

Parag Goyal, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As an Assistant Professor of Medicine I am currently growing my research program which focuses on the intersection between geriatric conditions and heart failure. To this end I am currently funded by the National Institute on Aging (R03) to examine the impact of medication prescribing patterns on post-hospitalization outcomes among older adults with heart failure. I ultimately hope to leverage

Expertise/Goals

I am a board-certified Cardiologist with training in advanced heart failure; and a health services researcher with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology & Health Services Research and a special interest in geriatric medicine. I bring a unique blend of skills and interests to the Center as an emerging leader in the growing field of Geriatric Cardiology. I believe that my growing

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

Cori Green, MD, MS

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Clinical input as a pediatrician; health services researcher; mental health integration

Expertise/Goals

community engagement help; implementation research help

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

Jeffrey P. Greenfield

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in sharing my experience in neruosurgery, neurooncology, and pediatrics.

Expertise/Goals

I want to explore successful approaches to addressing disparities, and mirror those efforts specific to the pediatric brain tumor patient community.

Academic Member

Peter W. Greenwald, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Telemedicine; emergency medicine; hospital at home; and remote education.

Expertise/Goals

Telemedicine administration, clinical research design goal, and increase collaboration network.

Academic Member

Amelia Greiner-Safi, PhD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m an applied social and behavioral scientist with expertise in public health and communication. My work focuses on upstream/social determinants of health on topics including tobacco HIV mental health zoning flooding and environmental toxins. I often focus on vulnerable populations elucidate differential impacts of plans or policies or consider interventions that are appropriate based on

Expertise/Goals

I’m excited to bring my public health mixed methods social science and risk communication experience to this group. I’ve worked in urban and rural settings with youth and adults clinicians and academics across an array of disciplines policy makers powerful research participants and extremely vulnerable ones. I like thinking about how to explore and talk about these issues so they register. Part of

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Yende A. Grell, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I hope to one day practice as a global physician leader who will provide underserved populations in the United States and around the world with improved access to medical care. Participating in health disparities work through the Cornell Center for Health Equity will help build the skills, mentorship and network I will need to be able to lead work addressing the inequities in healthcare myself.

Expertise/Goals

I have spent the last 5 years working toward the goal of one day being a global physician leader. I first began this journey as an undergraduate student studying the Chikungunya virus, which caused an outbreak that ravaged many developing countries in the Caribbean and Latin America throughout 2014. In 2016, I was awarded a Princeton Project 55 fellowship, which is given to graduating students who

Community Member

Judith L. Griffin, MD

REACH Medical
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in research the engages the community and addresses the questions raised by those directly impacted, particularly those who are typically excluded, stigmatized or marginalized within our current healthcare system. I work with people who use drugs and other impacted by substance use in a rural setting. I aim to expand our current understanding of what constitutes “success” in our

Expertise/Goals

I bring years of clinical experience and have worked collaboratively with research teams from several institutions in my role at REACH Medical and previously. As a member, I hope to continue to network, form research collaborations and gain insights into best practices on education for residents and others on topics related to health equity.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Lindsay Grossman

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

While I am still a Cornell student I would really like to get involved in health equity research. As a pre-health student I have been waiting for a program like this to bridge the gap between the two campuses and would like to participate in any way that I can. I am specifically interested in rural medicine and health of rural firefighters as I am a volunteer firefighter in Varna NY and have

Expertise/Goals

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

Monica L. Guzman, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Expertise in Heme- Malignancies, pre-clinical research, Mentoring

Expertise/Goals

Interested in understanding health disparities

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 clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Ansi Hakkim, MD

The Phoenix Invictus Project
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Community derived ideas for advancing delivery of mental health care access and equity through quality improvement programs; mental wellness programming. Research into bias in healthcare.

Expertise/Goals

Collaborate from within the Cornell’s mental health clinics and inpatient mental health hospitals to obtain baseline metrics and implement quality improvement interventions

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Jada Hamilton, MD

Cornell Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, Anti-Racism in Health Care.

Expertise/Goals

Family Physicians are trained to treat and care for the whole person-physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. I have an interest in Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity and integrating The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care. As student demographics at post-secondary institutions become increasingly ethnically and

Academic Member

Karla L. Hanson, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in food security, health equity, and public policies affecting families with children. I am currently exploring farmers’ markets, cost-offset (subsidized) community supported agriculture (CSA), gardening and foraging as pathways to enhance access to fresh fruits and vegetables and increase food security in low-income households.

Expertise/Goals

I have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods, social-behavioral intervention research, and program evaluation. I hope to collaborate on community-based research with other researchers, students, and local organizations.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Yuexing Hao, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

1. Developing advanced clinical outcomes assessments. I would like to conduct studies to design and evaluate measures of patient-reported outcomes centered on patients’ needs and preferences, followed by my internship’s research. It will be more efficient and accurate for patients to figure out their personal needs and improve the clinical outcomes. 2. Improving methods for developing and

Expertise/Goals

My expertise in computer science can help the technical system or platforms to be more patient-friendly, regardless of their age, gender, location, race, or other factors. I would like to work and collaborate with several professors or other fellows to promote health equity. There is not much education on health equity nowadays and it is very important to raise public recognition and attention.

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

Laura UO. Harrington, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I study the biology, ecology, behavior and control of mosquitoes and ticks that transmit human pathogens. For over 20 years, I have worked on the biology of mosquito vectors of dengue fever, West Nile virus and malaria. For the past 5 years, I have served as director of the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEVBD) with a focus on addressing pressing questions in

Expertise/Goals

We are interested in collaborators working on public health education and messaging.

Community Member

Barbara Harrison

Single Payer New York (SPNY)
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of interest is in passing legislation that will provide every resident of New York State with equitable healthcare. My specific focus is in working with poor rural residents who suffer from a limited access to preventative medicine and treatment in the existing system. My research and personal experience shows that some of the challenges facing these underserved groups are that they have

Expertise/Goals

I hold a master’s degree in Community Change and Civic Leadership focused on environmental justice. I have been working with Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) and Single Payer New York (SPNY) for passage of single payer health legislation on both the federal and state level. Lobbying legislators in Washington, DC and Albany, NY with coalition members for federal and state legislation

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Benedict Harvey, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest and hopes are to do strengthen the nation’s physician workforce and efficacy through helping to increase the number of underrepresented minorities interested in medicine and understanding the obstacles to this path of NYC residents.

Expertise/Goals

As an individual with hopes of pursuing medicine myself, I graduated with a Biology degree with an emphasis on sociology and diversity. Through the Center for Health Equity and the Diversity Center of Excellence we hope to debunk the path to medicine for students and increase the quality of physician-patient relations to address the growing diversity in the national patient population.

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

Sarah A. Hatfield, MD, MPH

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I can offer clinical perspective regarding the care of surgical patients and patients with traumatic injuries, in addition to a public health perspective and facility in performing retrospective/outcomes analyses.

Expertise/Goals

Experience with advanced statistical analyses.

Academic Member

Leslie Allyson. Hayes, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Nutrition and Adolescent Sexuality.

Expertise/Goals

I have been a primary healthcare provider for adolescent and young adults for greater than 20 years. Working primarily with underserved and underrepresented minorities (my preference) I have had an extensive opportunity to address health inequity and disparities. I have developed community programs and collaborated with other agencies and institutions to improve the quality of healthcare for these

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Khalid J. Haynes, MPA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Interested in 1. Advocacy for Healthcare Reform (Single Payer Plans) and other health care policies 2. Health Equity and diversification of Healthcare Leadership 3. Implementations of integrating public health into clinical care. Putting preventative medicine at the forefront- exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, meditation, etc. 4. All things on chronic diseases, socioeconomic differences and

Expertise/Goals

I hope to get change in the healthcare system or learn how I could better position myself to influence change in the future. I used to be a personal trainer and I understand the importance of health promotion and preventative care. If we could focus on prioritizing this type of care where it is applicable we could prevent and reduce chronic disease prevalence significantly. Also if the hospital

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

Rebecca Herzberg

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am an enthusiastic undergraduate student who is passionate about health disparities. I want to help conduct research and take part in interventions to improve the equity in public health practices in the United States.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for a collaborator who is also willing to be a mentor in this multifaceted field of health. I am also looking for some who is similarly passionate about the prevention of non-communicable (and communicable) diseases that disproportionately impact disadvantaged groups in the U.S.

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

Samantha Hillson, MPH. MA

Tompkins Whole Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Access to services and programs of the local health department, data collection through our community health assessment process, and other evaluation projects.

Expertise/Goals

Training and technical assistance in data collection (especially qualitative), how to communicate data to the community in a meaningful, relevant way, community engagement strategies, monitoring and evaluation techniques, project management training while maintaining a focus on equity and inclusion.

Community Member

Maurice Hinson, MD

Youth Empowerment Services in Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Youth Empowerment Services in Medicine (YES iM) wishes to address the existing racial/ethnic health and healthcare disparities in the United States through increasing the number of underrepresented physicians in medicine. Specifically, YES iM targets its efforts to increase the number of Black and Latino male physicians, as well as increasing the number of underrepresented women in healthcare

Expertise/Goals

As Founder of BLMiM, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to navigate the diversity community at WCM and NY region. These experiences have garnered a network which, in partnership with the Center for Health Equity, would certainly aid in coordinating the most impactful opportunities needed for our underrepresented youth. Additionally, the Center’s academic resources would assist in establishing

Data Analyst at the Tompkins County DA’s Office

Tiff Ho

Tompkins County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As the data analyst at the Tompkin’s County District Attorney’s Office, I have access to prosecution data in the county and I’m skilled at analyzing data. In addition, I worked as a Firefighter/EMT for many years with both Ithaca Fire Department and Varna Volunteer Fire Company, so I have experience with the emergency medical system as a first responder.

Expertise/Goals

We’re interested in looking at health equity in the criminal justice system in Tompkins County. In addition, we are looking for collaborators with experience in Tompkins County with the following topics: homelessness; socioeconomic trends; and background of people that end up in the criminal justice system, such as income, financial resources, people’s interactions with the justice system, how

Academic Member

Caitlin Hoffman, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest focuses on reducing attrition of URM pipeline students. Mentorship is an essential component of perseverance confidence and success. Through collaboration with Mentoring in Medicine in the Bronx we are therefore creating a longitudinal mentorship program that targets modifiable components of preparedness to increase application and matriculation of under-represented

Expertise/Goals

I serve as the Diversity Champion for our department and have established a collaboration with Dr. Lynne Holden Founder of Mentoring in Medicine to sponsor labs in our Neurosurgical Innovations space for students interested in the health sciences. This collaboration and experience provides a connection to students who could benefit from the initiatives of the Center. I have also pursued Healthcare

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, I am a leader trying to ensure equitable care is delivered within my department

Denise Howard, MD, MPH

Weill Cornell
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I can offer a clinical setting, faculty and residency program where research can be initiated and programs can be piloted. I am also engaged in the Brooklyn community and can assist with advocacy and making connections.

Expertise/Goals

I would like to engage with experts in digital health and implementation science to advance projects related to the delivery of equitable health care.

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

Allison Ju-Chen Hu, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests lie in the intersection of Medicaid, behavioral health, health disparities, and access to care. I am interested in collaborating with researchers who share similar research interests.

Expertise/Goals

I would like to gain a better understanding of the clinical implications related to health policies on substance use/substance use disorder treatment.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Adam T. Hughes, MPH

Cornell Cooperative Extension
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health equity is a key concept to addressing health disparities and understanding the impact/outcomes of social determinants of health. I have spent the last 15 years across the HIV prevention, substance use, youth development, and health policy areas of public health to work on these issues. My interest in membership of this center is to explore collaborations (campus county connections) between

Expertise/Goals

I have a broad range of experience both in terms of settings (rural, suburban, urban, racial/ethnic diversity and LGBTQIA+ populations which allows me to bring many perspectives to complex issues related to health equity. I hope to explore potential collaborations between the Cornell Cooperative Extension system and the Cornell Center for Health Equity. Also I am interested in building on my

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

Jini Hyun, MD, MS

Weill Cornell Medicine/ NYP-Q
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Actively working at NYP Queens, we have ethnically/socioeconomically diverse population; and also high level geriatric oncology patients. I can offer insight on how I clinically manage those patients.

Expertise/Goals

Systematic approach to something rather conceptual – in regards health equity related research topics and generating meaningful data that will eventually help reducing care gap.

Academic Member

Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Said Ibrahim MD MPH MBA is chief of the newly established Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation and Vice Chair for Development and Strategy in the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Previously he was Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Philadelphia VA National Center of

Expertise/Goals

Health equity research; mentoring young faculty in health equity research careers; developing cross-institutional collaborations to promote health equity research and health services research; work with young scholars interested in developing research in the space where technology/innovation meets social determinants of health and health equity; advocate and promote diversity and inclusion at the

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

Julian Iwasko

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a Human Development major with an intersectional perspective of child-adolescent development and human learning. I am passionate reducing mental stigma and analyzing mental health disparities.

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in a collaborator who is involved in translational research that aims to enact positive change.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Renny John, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis).

Expertise/Goals

I have worked all over New York City for the past 6 years and I have extensive experience in human services having worked with both adolescents and adults with a particular focus on under-served populations. Prior to my current position as a Prevention Navigator I worked with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as an Outreach Specialist conducting outreach and health education focused

Community Member

Naomi Jones

NAN/New York State Chaplin Taskforce
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Reproductive Health for women of color Mental health

Expertise/Goals

I hope to contribute to work that dismantles health Inequities for people of color that may have no insurance or limited medical coverage. Community advocacy and advancement in studies for women’s health is an important goal for me as well. Research and advances for diseases like Endometriosis, Postpartum depression and PCOS needs to be expanded. Diversity in Executive Staff, Clinicians Students

Academic Member

Mandisa-Maia Jones, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest is in health disparities in advanced heart failure therapy. This research interest relates to my interest in the center because it is in line with the center’s goals to promote health equity. Cardiovascular disease is known to have significant racial disparities in incidence and outcomes, this includes advanced heart failure. My specific areas of interest are related to

Expertise/Goals

My professional expertise and experience benefit the Center because I have significant clinical experience with this patient population and have completed research in this area previously. I hope that my membership will provide the opportunity for increased collaboration, networking and enhance my ability to perform this important research.

health care advocate

Judith W. Jones, BS in Chemistry

Finger Lakes 4 New York Health, Empire State Indivisible
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Already connected to Dr J Michener on community health inequity education through film showings Expect to raise funds for medical debt forgiveness in region

Expertise/Goals

Community publicity collaboration on above projects, possible panel members for community discussion

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

Zeynab Jouzi, PhD

Action Research Collaborative, Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests lie primarily in the area of food security and environmental justice. I take a multidisciplinary approach by bringing together different disciplines and methods to address these issues. I will share new perspective and skillsets to improve health justice and to ensure no one is left behind.

Expertise/Goals

I’m not coming from a medical background. Collaboration with “experts in human health” will help me to improve my work and research.

Academic Member

Christine Joyce, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health care disparities as they impact outcomes on pediatric ICU patients Creating a curriculum addressing health care disparities for PICU providers

Expertise/Goals

Pediatric Critical Care fellowship director I am looking to increase awareness of healthcare disparities and how they impact our clinical care and patient outcomes.

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

Andrew D. Juan, B.S. Health Care Policy

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’d love to offer my willingness to learn and my passion for health equity to researchers or other students looking to discuss common policy issues that we face today. I’d also love to offer an interdisciplinary perspective from health policy surrounding solutions toward health equity issues.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to learn more about health equity research and policywork that is being done to address these inequities. I’m also hoping to potentially collaborate with other students and researchers on these projects.

Community Member

Chris Kai-Jones, PhD, MSW

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I currently work with a number of faculty, students and community members to facilitate community engagement alongside appropriate research modalities while implementing programs intended to enhance community well-being. I am interested in applying different lenses: psychodynamic, trauma-responsive, socio-ecological, and general social work practices to address community health challenges in a

Expertise/Goals

Having recently completed a PhD at Cornell on community, race and the construction of identity, I am currently completing NYS licensure as a social worker. I have worked on a number of health-related projects in Tompkins County over the past three years and am excited to have the opportunity to foster synergies at the intersections of Cornell and the wider community. Through membership of the

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

Pragya Kakani

Weill Cornell Medical College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I can offer expertise in economics, econometrics, and analysis of large healthcare datasets, economics.

Expertise/Goals

I would love collaborators with interests in pharmaceutical policy and economics and complementary skills (e.g., in clinical medicine).

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

Saleh Kalantari, PhD

College of Human Ecology
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I offer my extensive expertise in virtual reality (VR) design and its application in cognitive and navigational skill enhancement, particularly for older adults. Leveraging my experience from leading innovative and award-winning VR projects, I aim to contribute to CCHEq’s objectives by developing inclusive, VR-based interventions that address health inequities, enhance learning,

Expertise/Goals

I am seeking a collaborator who brings complementary skills and insights in public health and technology, ideally with experience in addressing health inequities, to co-develop and implement VR-based solutions that effectively meet the unique needs of diverse populations, particularly older adults. This partnership would ideally combine our mutual expertise to innovate and evaluate impactful

Community Member

Lara Kaltman, MPH

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I provide leadership and direction for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s nutrition education, obesity prevention, food access, maternal and child health and community development programs. In addition to my nutrition and health programmatic focus, I am interested in identifying and testing strategies that support multisector teams in advancing health equity and creating resilient

Expertise/Goals

As a public health practitioner and registered dietitian, I have over 11 years of experience engaging with community collaboratives with a diversity of stakeholders to design, implement, monitor and evaluate activities that advance health equity in Tompkins County and its surrounding region. Over the past three years I’ve seen tremendous growth in our organization’s ability to identify and act

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

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Development of novel on-skin bio-sensors and robotic-textile-based wearables for health and wellbeing

Expertise/Goals

Clinical expertise in areas with needs for on-skin and textile-based wearable technology

Academic Member

Shashi Kapadia, MD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My current research is focused on the equitable delivery of Hepatitis C treatment to people who use drugs. I am studying the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of accessible care delivery models for this population by integrating HCV treatment into substance use care. I am developing skills in mixed-methods health services research related to this issue: my recent work investigates the impact of

Expertise/Goals

As a junior investigator in Infectious Diseases and in Healthcare Policy and Research I am eager to create research synergies with Center investigators. With the help of my mentors I am developing skills in mixed-methods health services research economic evaluations of healthcare interventions and in research related to infectious diseases and substance use disorder. These skills can be used to

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Arina Kazakova

Mount Holyoke College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in wealth-related health disparities and stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Expertise/Goals

I am a junior at Mount Holyoke College majoring in Neuroscience and a minor in Critical Social Thought. I am interested in the subject of health equity and mental health treatment in the underserved communities in particular. In the past, I was a volunteer at Kurn Hattin Home for Children (VT, USA) as well as at the Center for Curative Pedagogy and Differentiated Learning (Pskov, Russia) where I

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

Olivia Keenan, Bachelor of Arts

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I can offer tips on qualitative analysis and semi-structured interviews. I also can speak to engaging stakeholders at the government, non-profit, and community levels.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for collaborators that are similarly interested in qualitative analysis and health disparities research, particularly with a focus on intergenerational engagement.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Neil Kelly, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Prior to enrolling as a medical student at Weill Cornell, I obtained my Ph.D. and completed a year-long post-doc in the fields of skeletal and cardiac muscle physiology. Although my training to date has been in basic and translational research, I have always maintained an interest in societal equity/disparity in general. I am still early in my medical training but health equity in particular has

Expertise/Goals

My hope is that I can marry my basic/translational research background with an exposure to larger scale epidemiological research to identify meaningful opportunities to improve health equity. Furthermore, I am excited by the prospect of identifying and contributing to community outreach opportunities.

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

Kevin Kensler

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a cancer epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine. My primary research focuses are on the epidemiology of prostate cancer and understanding the multilevel drivers of cancer health disparities, with my work examining sociocontextual, lifestyle, behavioral, and genomic contributors to these disparities.

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in collaborating with others who have shared interests in developing research and interventions to advance equity in the burden of cancer.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Chenab Khakh

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am fascinated with the impact of nutrition education and access on youth development particularly in urban environments. I am interested in facilitating and implementing youth nutrition education programs. I believe community health engagement is a part of preventative health care.

Expertise/Goals

This past summer I worked at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York City teaching nutrition to young children in Queens and Brooklyn and have continued to be involved with CCE on campus in Ithaca. I am passionate about public health nutrition and youth development. I would love to combine these passions with my interests in medicine and research with work going on at Weill and the new

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

Nidhi Khosla, PhD, MPH, PGDRM

Cal State East Bay
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Expertise in mixed method research in public health along with training in policy analysis and inter-organizational collaboration methods. Background in not-for-profit management. Fluent in several South Asian languages.

Expertise/Goals

Access to data on minority health disparities, shared interest in writing and publishing.

Academic Member

Dhruv Khullar, MD, MPP

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in how social and economic factors contribute to health disparities for vulnerable populations as well as the policy levers that can help promote health equity.

Expertise/Goals

My interests and experiences span clinical medicine healthy policy and media. I am particularly interested in communicating about important and timely health issues to patients practitioners and the public. I hope to engage with other members of the Center to research and advocate for evidence based practices that promote health equity.

Community Member

Melissa Kimbrell, MPH

CCE, Erie County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Historically, my research interest was in equity and health literacy in end of life care. Currently, my role is to support SNAP-Education implementation in WNY which serves low income communities.

Expertise/Goals

My goal is to make sure our program lives, breaths, and constantly aims for healthy equity in all elements of our work. From staff recruitment, inter-team dynamics, strategic program planning, implementation, community feedback, etc. that we are considering, applying, and constantly re-evaluating if we are doing all that we can for health equity.

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

Evelyn Kluemper, BS

Leak Research Group
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I offer a perspective that is informed by a variety of skills, including working with data, program management and implementation, lab administration, and supporting professional writing. With my quantitative background, I bring statistical skills and analyses to health equity research.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to better inform myself about statistical methods that are applicable in health equity research settings. Also, as an early career researcher, I am looking to better develop my professional skills, such as writing manuscripts.

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

Allison Koenecke

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I study the ways in which biased ML-based technologies can result in disparate impact on different patient populations — for example, (a) the ways in which speech-to-text technologies underperform for individuals with speech impediments, (b) methods to improve clinical trial / A/B experiment monitoring with heterogeneous patient populations, and (c) the ways in which online ad bidding algorithms

Expertise/Goals

I hope to continue working on algorithmic fairness in the public health space, particularly with medical experts.

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

Laura Kolbe, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a hospitalist and clinical ethicist with a background in literature, creative writing, and narrative medicine, I’m interested in patient-centered care that is humanistic in orientation, attentive to language and narrative, and takes a broad and patient-defined view of what health and wellbeing mean.

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in further developing my clinical, ethical, narrative, and writerly skills to build a more equitable medical-education environment and learn how to measure and harness the impact of interventions in health equity on everyday clinical practice.

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

Alia Komsany, PhD in Medical Sciences (Oncology)

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to share my experience and expertise working in the field of health equity (special focus on health disparities in underserved communities).

Expertise/Goals

I would like to gain knowledge, skills and further experience from others in the field.

Community Member

Rhonda Kost

Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science
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Health Equity/Research Interest

We will share our work developing the Community Engaged Research Navigation model to help basic investigators engage with community stakeholders to inform early translational research. By engaging communities including those affected by health disparities investigators often find they need to alter their science n order to incorporate community priorities or lived experience that affect the

Expertise/Goals

We anticipate that closer relationships with the Center will lead to important collaborations research on effective practices and more successful engagement of communities.

Academic Member

Rachel H. Kowalsky, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focus is twofold. First, I am interested in historic narratives about race, and the way in which these narratives persist in the design and application of the medical literature. Second, I am interested in using narrative medicine and the humanities to design curricula that provide a platform for discussion and mitigation of implicit bias in medicine. In my experience, these critical

Expertise/Goals

As a pediatric emergency physician with a public health degree and background in comparative literature, I understand the ways in which the healthcare system and social narratives intersect with the lives and care of individual patients. I lead narrative medicine sessions at the medical campus at every level from trainee to faculty, and have also led workshops nationally. My goal is to work

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Nick Krachler, MSc

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on institutional change in the care economy, in particular as it relates to three mechanisms: the emergence of new roles; intensifying competition between providers; and the regulation of work and employment. A major theme that connects my focus on these three areas is my desire to critique these mechanisms from the perspective of inequality. I also endeavor to identify

Expertise/Goals

My professional experience prior to my PhD encompasses frontline work as a paramedic which taught me much about professional hierarchies, the service ideal and difficulties of coordinating across organizations in healthcare. I also worked as a human resource management consultant and this experience taught me the value of human resource management practices for organizations as well as the

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Jamuna Krishnan, MD, MBA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in disparities in chronic respiratory disease outcomes, and am currently focusing on race and sex based disparities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. My research interests are to conduct observational studies to discover targets for intervention in the patient population with COPD that drive differences in outcomes based on race, gender and socioeconomic status. I would

Expertise/Goals

My educational background and experience provide a unique lens to approach healthcare disparities research. During my MD/MBA training, I focused on healthcare systems design innovations to deliver high quality care to vulnerable populations. In addition, I was involved in the development of a dedicated curriculum incorporated healthcare disparities education at the University of Michigan Medical

I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Susannah C. Krysko, MS

Northeastern IPM Center (StopPests in Housing Program)
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My program aims to reduce pesticide use, pest populations, and the health impacts of pests in HUD-assisted housing with safe and effective methods. As a HUD contractor I have the opportunity to reach affordable housing providers and residents with health and safety information and health and asthma reduction strategies.

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for collaborators interested in housing as healthcare. Including measuring health outcomes after interventions including pesticide residues, and asthma rates. Also looking to learn more about housing conditions as social justice issue and learning about other efforts to improve housing conditions for vulnerable populations.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Binay K. Kshetree, MD

Cayuga Medical Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Cardiovascular diseases : Screening, prevention, evidence based management Cancer: Screening and evolving ideas and concepts, Moon shot versus Ground shot theories Community Health: Preventive ideas, Social determinants of Health and Creating a balanced society in terms of health, economics and social justice ( equity) without discrimination Infectious diseases: COVID19 emerging ideas, Antibiotic

Expertise/Goals

With my past experience of working in community projects related to health promotion, access and piloting of different projects along with my current position as a medical resident, I want to work through a community level to tackle health/social aspects of our lives. I hope to get maximum support, opportunities, collaborations and educational activities to help in my innovative community and

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

Yuna Kwak

Leak Research Group
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As an Undergraduate Research Assistant of the Leak Research Group, I wish to provide my insights as I partake in research projects surrounding public health nutrition, as well as my experiences as an undergraduate researcher in general.

Expertise/Goals

I want to expose myself to more health equity research and learn from others with different areas of expertise. I want to participate in seminars and discussion with other collaborators to learn about and evolve my own research interests.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Stephane Labossiere, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I aspire to become a public health professional in the areas of cardiovascular disease prevention, health systems strengthening, health disparities, economic development, and patient-centered care. My research interests include health care quality measurement and improvement; health policy analysis; the development and assessment of materials and public health interventions. Moreover, my future

Expertise/Goals

I hope to collaborate with faculty members on topics that are of great interest to me. As a future PhD student, being involved in the center and its mission will greatly advance my personal development as a scholar.

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

Winnie Lai

NYS citizen Public health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

N/A

Expertise/Goals

N/A

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

Winnie Lai

NY Citizens of public health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

N/A

Expertise/Goals

N/A

Academic Member

W. Marcus Lambert, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research efforts focus on educational and health equity interventions that improve access, equity and diversity in science and medicine. Current projects include developing a tool to assess diversity climate at academic medical centers, and understanding the factors that influence the career decisions of women and underrepresented trainees, graduate and medical students. See latest work in

Expertise/Goals

I am a basic biomedical scientist by training, spending the early part of my career studying the transcriptional regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in an attempt to better understand stress regulation in the brain. However, I’ve gained skills in social science research methods in order to better understand challenges in areas of diversity, equity, and student development. Additionally, my

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

Mariam Lawal

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I offer a strong background in public health, a commitment to social justice, and experience in community engagement. I bring a passion for improving healthcare access for minority communities through research, advocacy, and actionable initiatives.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for a collaborator who shares a dedication to health equity, possesses complementary skills, and is driven to create meaningful change. A collaborative mindset, innovative thinking, and a commitment to inclusivity are qualities I value in a potential collaborator.

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

Joel M. Le Forestier, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Quantitative methods and social-psychological perspectives.

Expertise/Goals

Cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Academic Member

Tashara Leak, PhD, RD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a health disparities researcher I conduct interventions that address socioeconomic and environmental influences on food choices while drawing upon my expertise in mixed methods and community-based research. More specifically I design innovative and culturally relevant interventions that aim to improve dietary behaviors among impoverished minority youth that reside in urban communities. Thus my

Expertise/Goals

I am a registered dietitian formally trained as a nutritional scientist and I have extensive training in the area of diet assessment. My area of expertise can be used to assist others who are interested in 1) collecting diet data (e.g. 24 hour recalls) and 2) designing dietary interventions. From the membership I am interested in identifying potential academic and community partners who are

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Sylvia Lee, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests lie in finding gaps in palliative care utilization and addressing racial disparity in access to and quality of end-of-life care. I currently work with the Patient Activated Learning System (PALS) to write patient education materials with the goal of ensuring equal access to quality health information for patients and caregivers of all backgrounds.

Expertise/Goals

I graduated from Cornell University (’18) with a B.S. in Human Biology Health and Society and a minor in Gerontology. I hope my current role as a Medical Content Developer for PALS and my connections with the Cornell-Ithaca and the NYC community will help facilitate intercampus collaborations to help serve underserved communities and promote health equity.

Academic Member

Mindy W. Lee, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in improving health disparity and health literacy in minority populations.

Expertise/Goals

Being able to communicate effectively with the Chinese population (Cantonese and Mandarin) would allow me to deliver community lectures to increase health literacy, as well as educating them on health care opportunities including telemedicine to narrow the gap in health disparity. By joining the center for health equity, I hope to meet collaborators with similar interests and extend the education

Community Member

Janette Lee, MD

Cayuga Medical Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

While I have not been engaged in research, my interests in the past decade of clinical work and volunteer activity have focused on improving access to health care, particularly among undomiciled women, LGBTQ people, and those with SUD.

Expertise/Goals

As director of an Internal Medicine Residency Program, whose goal is to train residents to become primary care physicians who improve healthcare equity for the medically underserved, I am hoping to be introduced to others in the community who can help me to achieve this goal through collaboration on community engagement projects, educational opportunities and mentorship.

Academic Member

Richard Lee, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health services research, gender and racial disparities in care, global health

Expertise/Goals

Prior experience in health services research looking at racial disparities in care. Prior experience in global health working in underserved areas (eg sub-Saharan Africa). Objectives: network, collaboration, and education