Member Details

Total members: 395

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

Jimin Lee, MD, MSc

WCM
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Expertise in pediatric hospital medicine.

Expertise/Goals

Expertise in qualitative research methods or user-centered design.

Academic Member

Peggy Leung, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Medical education; health disparities; primary care; home care

Expertise/Goals

I hope to broaden my network of professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of people we care for starting with those with the most vulnerable needs.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Emily M. Levin, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Throughout my life I have slowly developed interest between the intersection of health and law. Two classes that I found both inspiring and equally upsetting were Population Health and the Sociology of Medicine. In Population Health, a representative from the Cleveland Clinic came to speak to us about new task forces centered around digital technology, with a goal of increasing health equity and

Expertise/Goals

My various positions of leadership and academic work has always been centered around the core idea and desire I’ve had of creating a better future for future generations. But through the reflection of my life, it’s entailments, and my curiosity towards others did I realize that my passion does not simply lie in the idea of positive change, but in the systemic changes required to ensure individual

Academic Member

David Levitsky, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Interested in testing novel techniques to prevent age-related weight gain in minority populations.

Expertise/Goals

Eating Behavior Weight Control Nutrition use of self-weighing to control body weight.

Academic Member

Neil Lewis Jr, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am social psychologist whose research generally asks two questions (1) what motivates people to pursue our goals and (2) how does the interplay between our identities and social contexts support or undermine our goal pursuit efforts? I am particularly interested in using the answers to these questions to address social disparities particularly disparities in education and health outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

I hope this center will help to facilitate research collaborations with health equity researchers at Weill Cornell. As I study racial and economic disparities in health outcomes. I am increasingly interested in studying medical education practices and how they influence discordant doctor-patient interactions that sometimes contribute to disparities. I’m particularly interested in conducting

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

Chuan Liao

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I can offer expertise on spatial analysis and modeling, survey data analysis, impact evaluation, and connecting health outcomes with biophysical and socioeconomic covariates.

Expertise/Goals

Expertise on zoonosis emergence and transmission, birth-related indicators, etc.

Academic Member

Laura Liberman, MD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a physician, researcher, and Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I focus on career development for physicians and scientists. I work closely with Dr. Carol Brown, Director of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training. We aim to the diversity of the healthcare workforce,

Expertise/Goals

I will contribute my experience of 30 years on the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medicine faculty to build collaborations and undertake joint educational initiatives with my Tri-Institutional colleagues interested in health equity.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Alexandra Licona-Freudenstein

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in learning about ways to promote Health Equity.

Expertise/Goals

I would bring the lens of the pediatric provider and ways we strive to bring the best care to children.

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

Alan R. Lieber, BS, MBA

Rippel Foundation
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Technical Assistance, Access to sophisticated Simulation Tools, and Training to support any Health Equity projects that aim to improve the Vital Conditions and increase the number of people thriving.

Expertise/Goals

Ambition to improve the community conditions that allow people to Thrive. Funding for projects would be great.

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

Christine S. Lim, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer my background in sexual and reproductive health education; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; critical race theory and disability justice; and sociology. I am deeply invested in topics that relate to marginalized populations, which is informed by my lived experience as a queer-identifying, working class immigrant from Myanmar. I can also contribute my experiences with

Expertise/Goals

Although I am and will continue to be taking courses in statistics and mixed methods, I am looking for collaborators who have a strong methodological background and are willing to train and mentor me in quantitative research. I am also looking for collaborators who are trained in policy research and analysis, as I would love to learn how to translate my research findings to policy proposals.

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

Xin Yao Lin, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I can offer my expertise in the area of technology use, social relationships/support, health/health behavior, and well-being in the context of adult development and aging, using quantitative (daily, longitudinal, experimental) and qualitative methods.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for collaborators with similiar or different areas in applied settings (e.g., community, hospitals), and I would love to learn more about community engagement, program evaluation, and curricular development.

Affiliate Member

Andrea Lista, Masters

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is specifically interested in supporting the health and well-being of underserved populations and those living in poverty. We are focused on prevention education and evidenced based tools to support such populations.

Expertise/Goals

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County provides community health outreach in multiple areas – family support, nutrition, youth outreach, environmental, poverty support, etc. Our interest is intended to expand this outreach and formalize a local program team that works collaboratively with other health minded organizations in Monroe County. Membership in CCHE will enable us to generate

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Michelle Liu

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

The disparities in health and healthcare are becoming more extreme. The misconception that the quality and access to healthcare contributes most to our overall wellbeing enables these health inequalities to perpetuate. The Center for Health Equity functions as an agent of change. It transforms this old notion of medicine as the only solution to this new idea that our health is greatly influenced

Expertise/Goals

As an undergraduate student minoring in inequalities on the health equity tract, I was able to begin learning about the multitude of factors that influence health outside of medicine and science. As a member of the Center, I hope to deepen my understanding of health equity beyond the scope of just taking classes by collaborating with researchers and other members.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Jamal Lopez, JD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Interest in Health Disparities, Allyship, and all DEI topics.

Expertise/Goals

I’m am a certified diversity practitioner and a senior leader at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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 a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice, Health tech entrepreneur

Khensu-Ra (Ra) Love El

Luv Yall Food 🌱
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’d like offer my digital expertise in helping Cornell’s efforts to a more health equitable future. In that same spirit, I’d love to collaborate with SMEs passionate or interested in using technology as a tool to further push the need of health equity

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for someone that can help in strategy and with industry knowledge when creating digital tools

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, Entrepreneur interested in building product and services to advance the equity for communities of color

Khensu-Ra (Ra) Love El, M.P.S.

Luv Y’all Food
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’d like offer my digital expertise in helping Cornell’s efforts to a more health equitable future. In that same spirit, I’d love to collaborate with SMEs passionate or interested in using technology as a tool to further push the need of health equity forward.

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for someone that can help in strategy and/or industry knowledge to assist in creating products and/or services to improve the health equity of marginalized, Black and Brown communities.

Academic Member

Lea Lowenfeld, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

In my clinical practice, I would like to improve equity in colorectal care and make my practice a place where every patient regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation feels respected, comfortable, and receives the same high level of care. I aim to establish an ethical practice with diverse employees and patients, recognizing and reforming deep seated societal inequalities and social

Expertise/Goals

As an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the General Surgery Sub-Internship Course Director at Weill Cornell Medical School, I share the responsibility and opportunity to facilitate surgical training at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with a specific focus on the transition from medical school to residency and residency

Academic Member

Elizabeth Luth, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Elizabeth Luth is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a medical and life course sociologist who researches social determinants of health disparities in older adults. Her research focus on racial ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in outcomes at end of life for patients with advanced dementia and their family caregivers.

Expertise/Goals

I have expertise in social determinants of health theory research design and advanced quantitative methods.I hope to expand my network of folks with similar interests in health equity and find opportunities for mentorship and to collaborate on projects with clinicians and researchers.

Academic Member

Beth Lyon, JD/MSFS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a clinician directing the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic at Cornell Law School. My primary areas of research are the rights of migrant workers and the overlapping field of farmworker rights. I am currently working with collaborators to theorize “portability of justice,” to develop a methodology for rating xenophobia in social media, and to assess the collection and use of medical

Expertise/Goals

I would like to network with others who are interested in examining the ways immigration legal services providers can contribute to health equity in the communities they serve.

Academic Member

Alexandra L. MacMillan Uribe, PhD, RDN

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a community nutrition researcher, I am driven to find effective community-focused strategies that address health equity through increasing the capacity of mothers with infants disproportionately affected by obesity and chronic disease to establish healthy dietary patterns. More specifically, I am interested in conducting community-informed research with Latino immigrant communities to create

Expertise/Goals

My expertise in qualitative research is of benefit to the Center as it is often used as an important starting point, and throughout the research process, to meaningfully engage with community members and create high quality data that can inform subsequent research or projects. Through my work, I have extensive experience engaging communities and key stakeholders. Additionally, I have developed

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

Anna Malinovskaya

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Experience with restricted use microdata and quasi-experimental research designs.

Expertise/Goals

Expertise in the areas of health disparities, early childhood interventions, and mental health care provision.

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

Natalie A. Maloon, B.S. in Global & Public Health Sciences

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests center around health disparities, maternal and child health, food insecurity, and the promotion of health equity. As a collaborator, I can offer intersectional perspectives on health, in-depth analysis of research-related data, experience with graphic design, and the eagerness to learn from public health professionals.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to collaborate with someone performing research or an internship emphasizing health disparities research, maternal/child care, food insecurity, community-based interventions, and health equity promotion, whether in the state of New York or elsewhere. Most importantly, I am looking for a collaborator that will allow me effectively exchange knowledge with them so we both learn through

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Rohit Keshav. Manshani, Masters

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest is of learning financial models in the field of the healthcare industry to increase the benefit-cost ratio for insurance providers.

Expertise/Goals

My area of expertise is that of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology and also of Public Healthcare.

Academic Member

Jialin Mao, MD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on surgical and device outcomes primarily on population level. My areas of interest include device and surgical safety evaluation women’s health and understanding the impact of provider characteristics. I have expertise in advanced methods for surgical epidemiological research. My research interest in disparities is related to those in the field of surgery and medical device.

Expertise/Goals

My past research experience is in surgical and device outcomes research including topics of device safety provider effect and policy impact. I have expertise in advanced methods for surgical epidemiological research. My current research is extending to look at disparity questions involved in device and surgical fields. My experience and expertise will contribute to the generation of evidences that

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

Grace A. Marshall, MHS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Data analysis and findings synthesis in collaboration with community partners.

Expertise/Goals

Any individual or agency looking to advance health equity in need of evaluative or analytic support.

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

Elizabeth C. Martin, Ph.D.

Cornell Population Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a mixed methods researcher interested in the financial costs of medical care, especially medical debt, and state policy and politics. I offer substantive expertise in this area, as well as quantitative methods skills as a collaborator.

Expertise/Goals

I’m interested in learning from others who work on issues related to affordability and cost of medical care and medical debt.

Community Member

Guillerma M. Martinez, Pedagogy

Harlem Health Advocacy Partners
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My knowledge of Outreach and Community Engagement, conducting educational workshops about chronic disease management and prevention, home visits, client-centered counseling, case management could be very helpful for research. Sharing and providing health care information in the community help to improve health. Collaborate with research that can help the community to decrease social determinants

Expertise/Goals

I can listen, care and respond to my participants and community with compassion and kindness. Being genuine, allowing others to confide in me. Provide and teach advocacy, inspire hope and give support. My goal is the community members will be self-sufficient after all. I learn from them and share all my resources to improve overall health.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Sophia C. Mason, PhD

Elim Restoration Church of GOD
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My past research focused on health disparity among older adults who enters NYC emergency room within the five borough abusing drugs and alcohol during 2010 and 2012. Current research focus is based on working with faith based organization such as Elim Restoration Church of GOD in Brooklyn, New York to aide in alleviate or reduce health care disparity among people of color in undeserved area of

Expertise/Goals

I am a woman of color, health care provider who participates in Faith base organization engagement outreach programs on gun violence, racism, food distribution and health care issues,etc. Additionally, I am a doctoral professional as well as a Family and psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has vast amount of knowledge in healthcare disparity, diseases, illnesses, etc. I would be a great assess to

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Taelor A. Matos, Biological Sciences

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am currently a research assistant in Dr. Norman Porticella’s lab working on data collection efforts for his Enhancing Collaborations project; this project aims to address barriers to inter-organizational partnerships and collaboration, and design sustainable and equitable interventions to support that coordination. As such, for the first phase of this project, I have been focusing on coding past

Expertise/Goals

My personal interests as a student, beyond my professional endeavors, include a desire to continue bridging gaps between underrepresented, low-income students of color and health organizations. Because I am a member of this community and realize that there is still so much work to be done, even on this campus, I am deeply interested in mental health equity, implicit bias training in healthcare,

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

Liam McCabe

FDNY
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a frontline healthcare worker who interfaces with NYC most diverse populations especially those experiencing the most health-care disparities. I am also an incoming Cornell Brooks MPA student. My part time work as a consultant puts me in touch with various policy influencer and directors. I believe I can grow to become a great asset to this organization.

Expertise/Goals

To expand my knowledge and gain experience is data-driven analysis..

Academic Member

Danielle McCullough, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested primarily in using implicit associations testing (IAT) to elicit unconscious biases from faculty, residents and staff members. Once these data are gathered an intervention may be performed (e.g. diversity training) and then implicit attitudes tracked over time. I plan to implement some of these ideas over the course of the next several years. I am also interested in using big data

Expertise/Goals

I have been interested in and educating myself on implicit biases since I was an undergraduate student studying these topics in a Psychology laboratory at Harvard College. Since becoming a faculty member I have noticed that my department does not yet have someone dedicated to recruitment and retention of URM faculty. My participation in the Mentoring Cascade has given me access to a large network

Affiliate Member

Tess S. McKinley, MSM

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

The social determinants of health play a large role in a person’s well being and community organizations such as Cornell Cooperative Extension can impact a person’s health through education and advocacy. A person in poverty is likely to live a shorter life than someone of a different class. I feel it is my civic duty to help the public realize this issue and to help people in poverty to speak

Expertise/Goals

I have worked in the nonprofit world in various roles that include addiction, health, and poverty. I have also been the champion for a previous agency around Cultural Competency and Health Literacy in order to educate staff on the importance of understanding our own bias and how we all have a different lens in which we see the world. I hope to have more opportunities through this membership to

Academic Member

Molly McNairy, MD, MSc

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a clinician scientist with a research focus on improving health systems for HIV and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease in resource-limited settings. I lead projects on differentiated models of care for HIV as well as clinical epidemiology studies on hypertension and cardiovascular disease in Haiti.

Expertise/Goals

My work is focused on alleviating health disparities in resource-limited settings. I look forward to collaborations within the Center towards this goal.

Academic Member

Parag Mehta, MD, FACP

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health Care Disparity and Social determinant.

Expertise/Goals

During Dr. Mehta’s years of service at various organizations, he displays the strength of character to speak the truth when it is unpopular to do so while treating the powerful and the marginalized with equal kindness and respect.

Academic Member

Bella Mehta, MBBS, MS

Hospital for Special Surgery
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests are an intersection between newer technologies using big data, social determinants of health, and rheumatologic disease management to improve patient outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

I am a Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. I have a Masters in Patient Oriented Research from Mailman School of Public Health. My career goals include becoming an academic rheumatologist and an established health services and disparities researcher with a focus on advanced methodologies in big data. My experience at

Academic Member

Gen Meredith, DrPH, MPH, OTR

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a public health practitioner, action researcher, and educator. My work locally, nationally, and internationally has centered on assuring and improving public health via an equity lens, investing in understanding assets and opportunities, and capacitating communities to improve access to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention services. Often, this includes being willing to (collectively)

Expertise/Goals

I am a strong public health generalist with experience in local, state, national, and international public health, from both a governmental and NGO/CBO standpoint. I am a good convener, listener, and facilitator, and help groups articulate both big-picture goals and concrete measurable steps to achievement. My current goals are to help communities develop capacities similar to those expected in

Academic Member

Fabrizio Michelassi, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Michelassi has an abiding interest in educating and training the next cadre of academic surgeons by responding directly to community priorities thus relating to his interest in the Cornell Center for Health Equities mission and goals. A world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeon with a strong expertise in the surgical treatment of gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers as well as inflammatory

Expertise/Goals

Dr. Michelassi’s professional expertise and experience can help the Center achieve health equity by helping to engage members of the public through various leadership platforms. Dr. Michelassi is a Regent of the American College of Surgeons Board. Within the American College of Surgeons he has served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for General Surgery and as Chair of the Executive Committee

Academic Member

Jamila Michener, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Jamila Michener studies poverty racial inequality and public policy with an emphasis on the politics of Medicaid. She is author of a book entitled: Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid Federalism and Unequal Politics (Cambridge University Press). Much of her work explores the role of public policy in developing (or undermining) the collective political capacity necessary to achieve health equity.

Expertise/Goals

My expertise connects the center to social scientists who focuses on public policy. My presence can help build the bridge between the hard/medical sciences and the social sciences. I anticipate benefitting from the network of scholars involved with the center. I am also open to collaborations and other activities.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Emma Miller

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health education, nutrition, and disease

Expertise/Goals

I hope to learn more about health equity and efforts to diminish large gaps in healthcare. This summer I saw many discrepancies between clinics and private practice, and I hope through further education, I can bring this awareness into my future career goal of becoming a pediatrician.

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

Laurie J. Miller, MPA, EdM

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer opportunities to engage with MPA students to conduct research and policy projects driven by community needs, and can offer experience based on past research on improving health care access and quality for women and children age 0-5 in Central America, South America, and Mexico; best practices for providing mental health services for displaced persons; using telemedicine to

Expertise/Goals

Ideas for collaborative projects driven by an immediate or long-term need within a community or organization. This could involve assessing needs, collecting data through interviews or surveys, analyzing existing data, developing program, funding or policy options, designing evaluations, or developing briefings to inform policy making.

Academic Member

Mostafa Minawi, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Minawi’s research focuses on the history of Ottoman imperialism in the Middle East and Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as it relates to the current socio-political conditions in the region. Overall his academic work is informed by three main questions: What do we learn about the history of the Middle East if we were to expand our historical inquiries well beyond the limits of

Expertise/Goals

Dr. Minawi is an Associate Professor of History at Cornell University and a leading scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic History. Leveraging his unique background as an expert in the influence of imperialism on modern Middle Eastern societies, Dr. Minawi has contributed substantially to the service and study of Syrian refugees, collaborating with Cornell colleagues from medicine and law to

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

Joy Ming

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have over a decade of experience designing and building software systems to empower marginalized communities. Currently, my research is in designing technology to collectively mobilize community-based caregivers, including home care workers in the United States and community health workers in India. I can contribute my skills in research (qualitative interviews and focus groups), design (design

Expertise/Goals

I would like to collaborate with others who are also interested in empowering marginalized communities through meaningful participation and community-driven efforts. I would especially like to pair my skills in technology with others who have domain or geographic expertise in health, labor, or policy.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

MB (Marybeth) Mitcham, MPH, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I was referred by Dr. Elizabeth Fox to join the Cornell Center for Health Equity to explore my research interest areas of barriers to public health education that present in some rural populations; namely, why some rural populations do not implement what they have learned through public health education. Other research areas of interest include the intersection of social connectivity and

Expertise/Goals

My research and experience focus on removing barriers that prevent populations (predominantly rural ones) from achieving good health. By gaining a better understanding into the needs of rural populations, along with the health disparities that present in those populations, strategies can be developed to effectively help public health professionals meet those needs. I look forward to engaging with

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Alyse Mizia, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

– Behavior nutrition – Community nutrition – Nutrition equity – Youth nutrition education

Expertise/Goals

In making a career change in my adult life, I hope to gain a strong network and build relationships within and beyond Cornell. I plan to explore potential existing and innovative career opportunities to utilize my skills and expertise developed throughout my career outside of nutrition.

Academic Member

Jorge Monge, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. My current research focuses on: 1) the development of new therapies for plasma cell disorders, such as multiple myeloma; 2) harnessing genomic and epigenomic tools to improve

Expertise/Goals

As a hematologist and medical oncologist, I provide specialized hematologic care for patients with plasma cell disorders. I am interested in collaborating with other researchers interested in health equity with the goal of reducing outcome disparities in patients with hematologic malignancies.

Academic Member

Susana Morales, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I work with many collaborators to increase the diversity of the health care workforce, so that it can address the needs of an increasingly diverse nation. Low income and minority people in our country are more likely to be sick and to die young, and we must work to change that. This is a challenging time for our country and for the world, as we confront important decisions about health care

Expertise/Goals

As a long time physician educator, patient advocate, and current Director of the Diversity Center of Excellence, our mission is to enhance diversity in medicine and health care and to promote health equity through research, education, and advocacy, all in partnership with community.

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

Hannah Morris, M.Ed.

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would like to offer open-mindedness in all areas of health equity. I am always open to learn more, and I can offer a perspective on educational processes (especially for teenagers).

Expertise/Goals

From a collaborator, I am looking for opportunities to sharpen new skills with guidance and feedback.

Academic Member

Rachel L. Moster

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of research focus is disparities that affect people with severe mental illness. I am currently involved in research that aims to better understand racial disparities in antipsychotic prescribing practices. My clinical focus is in providing care for people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and helping those with severe mental illness advocate for their recovery.

Expertise/Goals

My experience thus far has been largely clinical, and I have gained expertise in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with psychotic disorders. I have also completed a fellowship in public psychiatry, which has helped me to understand the treatment of individuals in the public sector as well as many of the political and institutional factors that contribute to health care disparities. I

Community Member

Susan Mueller

Ithaca Health Alliance IthacaMed
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My primary role is to work with patients to resolve individual gaps in health literacy and improve self-efficacy. I am actively involved in program development at the Ithaca Health Alliance including work with Cornell student groups. My primary interests are in community interventions that alleviate upstream barriers to care.

Expertise/Goals

I am an RN diabetes Educator with extensive experience in the local health equity community. Over the next few years I plan to become a nurse practitioner and continue these efforts at a different licensing level. I hope that a relationship with the CCHE will be mutually beneficial.

Academic Member

Sushmita Mukherjee, PhD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have been a basic scientist all my life up until this point, working in laboratory based research in Biophysics and Cell Biology. Currently, I am one of the co-Directors of Microscopy and Image Analysis Core Facility at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Expertise/Goals

I have a great personal interest and passion about health disparities, but no real background in research in this field. I am not sure if there’s a pathway for me to be able to engage in this work. I am a very good writer. In fact, for several years, I co-taught a scientific writing course (with Dr. John Wagner) for CTSC, WCM. I am also good at analyzing and visualizing large amounts of data and

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Priya Mukhi, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a pre-medical student, I have had the opportunity to receive mentorship and guidance from a variety of medical professionals through shadowing and volunteering experiences. I’ve come to realize that the quality of care and nature of interactions between patients and medical personnel can vary across facilities, often as a result of their respective settings/resources and patient backgrounds. I

Expertise/Goals

My research interests and volunteer experiences at the Cayuga Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital have inspired me to pursue an MPH and MD. As a CCHEq Student Member, I look forward to engaging in enriching and exciting conversations with both professionals that have a deep knowledge of health equity, as well as students interested in interdisciplinary research and creating change.

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

Eunyoung Myung, PhD in Mass Communication

Action Research Collaborative (ARC)
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to share my experience and expertise in quantitative methods and media psychology.

Expertise/Goals

I would like to gain knowledge and skills in applied settings, especially in the community, and further community engagement and program evaluation.

Academic Member

Iris Navarro-Millan, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a practicing Rheumatologist and health service researcher. My research focus is on factors that influence outcomes particularly cardiovascular (CV) disease among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). My goals include developing testing and implementing behavioral patient-centered interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk in RA patients and address issues of health equity.

Expertise/Goals

My expertise and goals will contribute to the CCHeq in terms of networking and collaborations that I have with other institutions such as the Hospital for Special Surgery and the team of collaborators there who have an extraordinary interest in addressing issues of health equity in musculoskeletal diseases. I have also a commitment in mentoring and contribute to training of fellows interested in

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

Natalie Nguyen, HBHS

For Future Lungs
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would provide my insight and experience as a tobacco education nonprofit leader.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to learn more about how to improve health equity and ways to implement education to prevent unfavorable health outcomes.

Academic Member

Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Jeff Niederdeppe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. His research examines the strategic use of media health messages and news coverage in shaping health behavior health disparities and social policy. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles in communication public health health policy and medicine journals and his work has been funded by the

Expertise/Goals

Dr. Niederdeppe has over 15 years of experience in health communication research and evaluation and a major focus of his work has been on the role of communication in reducing or (inadvertently) widening disparities in health behavior and health outcomes. He has worked on the design of strategic messages to reduce health disparities in a variety of contexts including obesity tobacco alcohol and

Community Member

Kelebohile Nkhereanye, MPA

Brooklyn Community Board 5
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Need to learn how to address stigma.

Expertise/Goals

Education and network to understand how to improve accessibility and affordability to fresh food in order to improve our health outcomes.

Academic Member

Lynda A.. Nwabuobi, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Lynda Nwabuobi is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology and Assistant Attending Neurologist at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College, specializing in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Dr. Nwabuobi offers compassionate and personalized care in Movement Disorders including Parkinson’s Disease and parkinsonism, essential tremor, Huntington’s disease, dystonia,

Expertise/Goals

My experience in health equity research and community engagement/outreach work will add to the vast knowledge in this group and allow for interdisciplinary collaborations. I also look forward to gaining and giving mentorship.

Community Member

Tuhina O’Connor, MPH

PAGNY Health and Research Foundation
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Working to improve health equity amongst marginalized communities who use the public hospital system in New York City.

Expertise/Goals

We have experience doing research projects to improve childhood asthma, bullying, high-risk pregnancy for women with CVD, to name a few. Currently, we are in an NIH collaboration with Cornell, Columbia, CUNY to address chronic health issues of hypertension and diabetes in the poorest communities of New York. I think being a member would help us network with others and keep me posted on funding

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

Dana O’Toole, M.D.

NYPH/Columbia University Medical Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer expertise in the field of Allergy & Immunology related to health equity in the diagnosis and management of primary immunodeficiency disorders.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for mentorship in expanding my research, educational, and clinical endeavors related to health equity in local communities and on a national level related to my field of Allergy & Immunology, with a special interest in health equity and primary immunodeficiency disorders.

Affiliate Member

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research explores the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and Black/Latinx populations and centers on identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience.

Expertise/Goals

My expertise is consistent with the center’s vision and mission, particularly applying knowledge to maximize its impact on practice and policy and training outstanding investigators, with an emphasis on people from underrepresented groups. I hope to connect with other researchers and community partners working on projects that promote equity and justice and center on addressing the social and

Academic Member

Olorunseun O.. Ogunwobi, MD, PhD, MS-CTS

Hunter College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Biological mechanisms underlying cancer health disparities in solid organ cancers with particular interest in prostate cancer health disparities in males of African ancestry.

Expertise/Goals

I have expertise in studying biological mechanisms of cancer health disparities and experience in collaborating with community-based organizations for community engagement. I am interested in continuing to expand my network and collaborations.

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

Shariwa A. Oke

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would like to offer enthusiasm and interdisciplinary, creative thinking. I love thinking about the intersection of the digital world and community health and nutrition.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to collaborate with people who want to create tangible solutions to community health problems.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Chinasa T.. Okolo

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research leverages computer vision methods to improve the rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious and tropical diseases in the Global South. The goal of this work is to integrate these models into mobile health applications that will aid community health workers in low-resource regions, fundamentally altering the way patients are managed and treated. Additionally, I lead research projects

Expertise/Goals

I have deep expertise in AI tools developed for healthcare and for use in the Global South. My research has pioneered the evaluation of AI in community healthwork in low-resource regions and fits nicely with the goals of the Center for Health Equity. I have leveraged my work outside of academia into premier tech companies such as Microsoft, where I built domain-specific computational models for

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Lawrence Onyekwere, Biological Sciences

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest focuses on programs and initiatives that prepare and allow underrepresented minorities to be more successful on their paths towards becoming a physician. I want to be a part of the growing necessity to strengthen the physician workforce through the equity and diversity of future physicians.

Expertise/Goals

During my undergraduate academic journey, I focused on tutoring other students. I guided students in completing, comprehending, and mastering principles of organic chemistry problem sets. I also helped students review key concepts to build confidence and solidify information for class exams. As a tutor, I was able to learn from the students that I taught. Each style of learning is different, and I

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Chimsom Orakwue

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have always been drawn to work in medically underserved populations, both in local and global health spheres. Time and time again, our most vulnerable communities are continually disadvantaged by healthcare systems. Health crises such as chronic disease, nutritional deficiencies, and pandemics disproportionately affect minority communities, many of which are already underserved by their local

Expertise/Goals

I have worked closely with several members from the Cornell Center for Health Equity in initiatives to increase the diversity of Weill Cornell Medicine curriculum, students and staff. In continuing to work with the Cornell Center of Health Equity, I hope to gain additional exposure and education in health equity research to create more strides in this field.

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

Hannah R. Ornas, MPA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Research and policy interests span gender equity, education, and global health disparities

Expertise/Goals

Learning opportunities to expand knowledge, technical skills, and experience within the field of public health and health equity

Academic Member

Joseph Osborne, MD, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the world among men, with significant racial/ethnic disparities in treatment and survival observed. Our project focuses on AA men (a racial group that has the lowest prostate cancer survival rates in New York City, State, and the US) and H/L men (an ethnic group that is less likely to receive therapy for prostate cancer compared to whites, even when

Expertise/Goals

A dual interest in molecular imaging probe development and the genetic/socioeconomic causes of the uneven burden of illness.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Ezinwa Osuoha

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My multi-faceted research interests pointedly overlap the fields of global public health, health equity, health practice and the sociology of healing. I am not only interested in the interconnectedness of health practices and the policy that governs them, but also in bio-sovereignty. I am interested in the Cornell Center for Health Equity because it aligns with my research interests and may be a

Expertise/Goals

When I graduate from Cornell University, I plan to pursue a PhD in Health Policy to learn more about how political structures shape health. I hope to someday apply my studies to my own research to impact public policy. I hope my experience in the center will connect me to like-minded individuals as well as those who are successful in the field I intend on entering. I also look forward to the

Community Member

Chelsea L. Pallatino, PhD, MPH

Making Cents International
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests are at the intersection of gender equity, health disparities, and gender-based violence and prevention and intervention to address related outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

Chelsea Pallatino, PhD, MPH is the Research, Evaluation, and Learning Manager at Making Cents International in Washington, D.C. where she is responsible for guiding qualitative and quantitative research activities and program design, implementation, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination that integrates community-based participatory approaches. In her over ten years of research experiences she

Academic Member

Tapan Parikh, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research group studies the design and use of information and communication technologies for sustainable development. We develop, deploy, and evaluate the impact of new community information platforms supporting applications in agriculture, health education, finance, governance and other areas, both locally and around the world.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking forward to collaborate with other center members on topics of mutual interest and related to my expertise in HCI, IS, and Learning.

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

Grace Parker Zielinski, Ed.M.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a member of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County’s Nutrition and Health team, I work primarily on cross-sector collaborative projects aimed to integrate clinical and social care and improve access to community resources that mitigate health disparities and improve well-being. I have experience in community-engaged public health program design and development, and a particular interest

Expertise/Goals

I am looking forward to expanding my network of collaborators who want to break down barriers between sectors and enhance the ability of all health and social care providers to deliver high quality person-centered care. I am especially interested in collaborations that directly engage community members with lived experience of accessing local programs and services in the work of improving systems.

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

Lara Parrilla, MPH, RD

Cornell University & Cayuga Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer connections to health system, public health, and community health staff and leadership to exchange knowledge, expertise, and opportunities for collaborative research and practice. I would also like to offer connections to graduate students in Cornell’s Master of Public Health Program and to students who are members of the Center’s Undergraduate Student Chapter.

Expertise/Goals

I am particularly interested in finding a collaborator who has had experience implementing and scaling up a social needs screening and referral program. We have a program in the Tompkins County region that we are preparing to scale up by expanding to additional primary care practices and onboarding new community partners to respond to social needs referrals.

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 left academia to do direct service harm reduction work and now work at a public health organizing/policy agency.

Aster Parrott, M.A., M.S., B.A.

Cortland Area Community That Cares
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m interested in connecting health equity research with public health practice. I have a unique combination of training and experience that allow me to think and communicate across disciplinary and professional boundaries. My past experience operating Ithaca’s syringe exchange and my current experience doing local-public health coordinating and policy work build on my academic work on the

Expertise/Goals

I’m interested in connecting with researchers who are invested in using research to substantively challenge public health systems, infrastructures, and models that contribute to health disparities. I want partners who do research with–not just on–marginalized/vulnerable people and center their voices and needs throughout the research process.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Aarti Patel, MS

NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My interest in Health Equity started while working as a Hospital Medicine at Lower Manhattan Hospital and witnessing the broad range of healthcare disparities of patients who were in my care. There was a growing interest in our hospital from different disciplinary groups on ways to address health inequities and create an opportunity for education and activism. Our call to action was to create a

Expertise/Goals

Through the creation of the health equity taskforce, our group is looking for ways to learn and collaborate with other members and organizers who are working to address social determinants of health. We hope to keep members engaged through educational opportunities, local and state level organizing and round table discussions on sectors of health including housing, immigration, homelessness,

Academic Member

Jyotishman Pathak, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests focus on leveraging electronic health records (EHRs) for studying chronic diseases and implementing practice improvement interventions. In particular my research is directed to use EHR data from resources such as NYC-CDRN (http://nycdrn.org) of which I am a Co-PI to understand risk and protective factors for major depression. My team is developing and applying novel data

Expertise/Goals

As a computer scientist by training I can provide methodological expertise in mining large datasets including EHRs. I am the PI of multiple NIH R01 and R25 research and training grants respectively. These opportunities have provided me with significant experience in training junior investigators and students in doing research in applying machine learning methods for healthcare. I also hold

Academic Member

Tracy K. Paul, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of interest is cardiovascular health care disparities, particularly among women and persons of color. I am interested in examining access to care, primordial and primary prevention of heart disease and identification and treatment of heart disease. I am also interested in cardio-obstetrics, especially the connection between obstetrical history and future cardiovascular risk as well as

Expertise/Goals

I am a general cardiologist who provides outpatient cardiac care, cardiac critical care, and cardiac stepdown care and performs and interprets echocardiography. This involves a spectrum of disease from prevention to advanced cardiac disease necessitating mechanical support. I am heavily involved in community engagement in underserved areas of the New York tri-state area through my professional

Academic Member

Fred Pelzman, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’ve been a practicing internist for over 20 years and a clinician educator working in a large academic medical center’s faculty practice. I’ve been involved in the medical education of Internal Medicine residents quality improvement projects and curriculum development and efforts to innovate and transform the healthcare system. We serve an incredibly diverse population from across New York City

Expertise/Goals

As the medical director of Weill Cornell Medicine and a practicing internist in our practice I am ideally positioned to help develop research and implementation of research studies to help address inequities in healthcare.

Academic Member

Yifan Peng

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Clinical Natural Language Processing

Expertise/Goals

I want to use natural language processing to study how social determinants of health derived from EHR impact the risk of psychiatric outcomes.

Academic Member

Isabel M. Perera, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My primary research agenda examines how public sector trade unions can influence the provision of health and social welfare services, with a focus on the development of mental health policy in the United States and France. As part of this project, I pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in medical ethics to determine the fair allocation of resources in psychiatry. In other work, I have examined how

Expertise/Goals

I look forward to meeting and collaborating with researchers, educators, and community partners interested in similar themes. As someone with training in both the social and medical sciences, I also look forward to developing linkages between those areas at Cornell.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Jaylen C. Perkins, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests involve looking at health equity specifically with minority and underrepresented youth and adolescents. As I gear towards applying to medical school, I am interested in techniques and opportunities to ensure that I am culturally competent in both public health and healthcare in general. My interests further include community health interventions and behavioral interventions

Expertise/Goals

My experiences at Miami University (OH) include 4 years of intensive research in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department looking at decision making and risk/reward benefit associated with alcohol/drug use and abuse. This combined with my classwork training as a Public Health major at Miami have equipped me with a wide framework of experiences involving Public Health Planning, Communication,

Academic Member

Jamie L. Perry, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on the impact of team composition on conflict and performance. I have a particular interest in how power and status structures impact intragroup dynamics, and when and why particular team formations lead to collaboration versus competition.

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in networking and collaborating with others in Center.

Academic Member

Janey Peterson, EdD, MS, RN

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on developing and testing novel behavioral medicine approaches to promote self-management and healthy behavior change in individuals with chronic disease. I am particularly interested in approaches that address health disparities and enhance reach to medically under served populations.

Expertise/Goals

Networking and collaborating with other clinicians and researchers.

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

Lauren Peysakhova

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I can offer my past research experience and my patient experience. In addition, I have a very welcoming personality, therefore, I find that I can add to a supportive atmosphere and encourage greater collaboration.

Expertise/Goals

From a collaborator, I am looking to have more hands on experiences through education and service. I am also excited to continue researching and work together with my collaborator.

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

Sayuri Inoue. Pfeiffer

Course: Medicine, Culture, Society
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m deeply enthusiastic and passionate about interdisciplinary projects that center community engagement, education, and health equity. As a collaborator, I can offer my unique experience as an undergraduate student who’s also been involved in curricular design for courses related to issues of nutrition and health equity, and my other experience working in an educational capacity within my local

Expertise/Goals

People who are excited to explore the intersection of issues of health, environment, and society, and are building creative, interdisciplinary solutions to address the multifaceted nature of health inequity.

Academic Member

Erica Phillips, MD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Phillips’ research efforts have focused on translating basic social and behavioral science theories into effective community-based interventions to address health inequities in high-risk populations.

Expertise/Goals

My experience as the former co-director of WCM’s NIH funded disparities center will be instrumental in forging new community partners.

Academic Member

Adrienne A. Phillips, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Adrienne A. Phillips, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Attending Physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Phillips cares for patients with all types of hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) with a special interest in treating lymphoma patients requiring stem cell transplantation, and reducing cancer disparities by

Expertise/Goals

I hope to broaden my network, develop clinical research collaborations, and mentor students and trainees.

Community Member

Jeffrey Piestrak

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in food systems related issues as they relate to health and equity within communities and across the value chain from producer to consumer. I recently completed a year long fellowship focused on that topic and the role that Land Grant institutions Cooperative Extension and libraries like mine (Mann Library @Cornell) can play in promoting those outcomes. That includes those aligned

Expertise/Goals

I have over 20 years of agrifood systems experience including close partnerships with community and regional organizations specifically promoting health and equity. Through work at Cornell’s Mann Library I have also initiated and led a variety of outreach and engagement activities bringing on and off campus communities together exploring a variety of issues related to health and equity. My library

Academic Member

Laura Pinheiro, PhD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a health services researcher with long-term interests that build upon my previous and current work and address three primary areas: minority health disparities quality of life and cancer outcomes. With my appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine my long-term goal is to build a robust research program at the intersection of primary care and oncology with a focus on minority

Expertise/Goals

Through rigorous methodological training in epidemiology biostatistics econometrics and measurement of patient-reported outcomes I have developed a broad quantitative skill set. This enables me to lead and design research studies collaborate with investigators across multiple disciplines and implement sophisticated statistical approaches. Through my Center membership I hope to build collaborations

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Anabella Pinton, Master of Public Health

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a current public health student at Cornell, my research interests relate to population health and health policy. A large part of population health revolves around health disparities and through my work, I would like to improve the lives of individuals by making effective and more inclusive health policies. Particularly, I am interested in minority populations and aiding in reducing health

Expertise/Goals

My previous experience as a research assistant for the Hospitalist Project at UChicago Medicine allowed me to see firsthand disparities in our healthcare system and has motivated me to work to address those matters. Specifically, in the role, I conducted inpatient interviews asking patients about the quality of care they received at UChicago hospitals. One of the most glaring disparities is the

Academic Member

JP Pollak, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

JP conducts research on user engagement and behavior in health technology applications across multiple health and wellness contexts. His primary research focus is on improving data collection methods particularly the usability sustainability and reliability of patient-reported outcomes. This often includes working with patients and clinicians to develop streamlined visual reporting tools to

Expertise/Goals

JP Pollak is a Senior Researcher in Residence and Cornell Tech and Weill Cornell Medicine. He is also the co-founder of Curiosity Health whose mission is to enable any researcher or clinician to incorporate mobile apps into their work. Recently he has led the development of several visual self-report tools for health and health related behavior including PAM the Photographic Affect Meter. JP has

Academic Member

Norman Porticella, Ph.D.

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research and practice follow a model of embedding oneself in communities to build understanding and trust, working with communities to identify needs, involving community stakeholders in applied research, and assisting in the implementation and assessment of evidence-based practices. I am interested in facilitating more inclusive and equitable community engagement to develop holistic and

Expertise/Goals

I’d like to connect with others who are interested in building community capacity around evidence-based approaches to address local concerns related to personal and environmental health.

Academic Member

Malavika Prabhu, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in studying maternal mortality and morbidity, where health equity clearly plays a role in the adverse outcomes and experiences many women face while pregnant and postpartum.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to meet a network of likeminded researchers, with different backgrounds, in order to come together to study severe maternal morbidity and mortality with a level of sophistication and quantitative methods that I alone do not have. I am primarily a clinician and know that my best contribution to research will be in the context of a collaboration.

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

Kristina Pradhan, MBBS

Cayuga Medical Center Program
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Health Equity/Research Interest

To provide collaboration for better idea of rural setting medicine

Expertise/Goals

Collaboration for same interest topics

Academic Member

MacKenzi Preston, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am currently partnering with the Cornell School of Law to develop a toolkit to improve the process of advocating for youth migrant farmworkers.

Expertise/Goals

I have expertise in pediatric medicine and medical education and experience working with underserved pediatric populations and the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights. I hope to obtain additional opportunities for collaboration.

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

Mya O. Price, Ph.D Candidate

Feeding America
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a representative with Feeding America, I’d be able to offer connections to members across the organization and with food bank network members across the nation. In addition, I work with over 75+ community-based partner organizations who are POC-led and centered nationwide. Through these key connections and collaborations, I’d be able to build deeper connections between all entities.

Expertise/Goals

I’d like to learn and be more closely connected with other representatives in my field, and/or from different research backgrounds.

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

Lisa D. Quainoo

Cornell Center for Health Equity Undergraduate Chapter
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As part of Cornell University’s Community Work Study Program, I have developed experience in community engagement and research as the editorial assistant for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. I have also been a part of various student organizations that have familiarized me with health equity, nutrition, and policy, such as the Cornell Healthcare Review and the

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for mentorship in pursuing research and internships related to maternal health equity. I am also specifically interested in maternal mental health, racial disparities, and Community-based participatory research.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Mangala Rajan, MBA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

One of my areas of interest is the intersection of health and disability. This could involve specific health conditions such as Diabetes Rheumatoid Arthritis or Autism that could be reasons for disability or health related disability more generally. The policy implications of health-related disability on equity in health services is where this work aligns with the goals of the Cornell Center For

Expertise/Goals

I have over 20 years of work experience managing and analyzing data in areas from survey research marketing/advertising research to health services research and public health. My expertise is analysis of large databases like Medicare Medicaid and VHA data to understand health outcomes related to Diabetes Autism or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Weill Cornell Medicine has tremendous expertise in

Academic Member

Anaïs Rameau, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a Cornell alum, I had the opportunity to participate in the first Social Inequality minor program. As a Cornell faculty, I have initiated multiple projects looking at various aspects of disparities in the subspecialty of laryngology. This includes scoping reviews on disparities research in laryngology and dysphagia, a free gender affirming voice app to improve access to transgender individuals

Expertise/Goals

I bring clinical research expertise in disparities in otolaryngology, and experience as a female academic laryngologist in a male-dominated surgical field.

Academic Member

Amanda Ramsdell, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of interest on the need for clinicians to incorporate knowledge of social determinants of health into their bedside practice. Additionally needed is a systematic way to teach medical school students about the importance of factors such as housing access to food transportation during their clinical years. I am currently directing a medical student course allowing medical students to focus

Expertise/Goals

I am conducting a medical student elective to allow both medical students and practicing hospitalists to learn more about the factors that most impact health outcomes and contribute to the health disparities to which we bear witness in the inpatient setting. From bedside teaching and interviews to interventions during the inpatient setting we hope to expand our knowledge and efforts to the