Health Disparities Experts

Jeni Hebert-Beirne

Expert on:  community health equity, structural violence, structural determinants of health inequities, racism.

Most of Jeni Hebert-Beirne’s research involves partnering with stakeholders in Chicago community neighborhoods to explore how to build community health capacity to promote health in high hardship neighborhoods. This involves multilevel approaches to addressing issues relating to people, places and insuring equitable opportunity (schools, work, transportation, health care, child care). Her work includes leadership on the Community Engagement Core of the ChicAgo Center for Health and EnvironmenT (CACHET) working in partnership with the Southeast Environmental Task Force on the development of a computer application to track community identified perceived environmental hazards. This inventory will be used to advocate of policy, systems and environmental change strategies to fight environmental racism in Chicago.

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Rohan Jeremiah

Expert on:  disparities in HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

I study the pathways to differential human well-being (health disparities and structural vulnerability) at the intersection of trauma (community violence, torture, persecution), HIV/AIDS and substance use. My expertise with diverse population includes racial, ethnic and gender minority men in the United States, The Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Sage Kim

Expert on:  incarceration, neighborhood effects, health equity.

Sage Kim has focused on effects of concentrated poverty and neighborhood effects on racial/ethnic cancer health disparities.  Using various methods such as spatial analysis and multilevel models, she explores spatial patterns of arrest/incarceration, healthcare transition from corrections to community, and neighborhood factors that influence cancer screening and stage of diagnosis.  Her research includes the effects of hyper-arrest on neighborhood economic outcomes, racialized surveillance and the use of police gang database, treatment adherence among former inmates with HIV infection, and the uneven distribution of safety net programs.

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Uchechi Mitchell

Expert on:  racial health inequities, minority aging, stress and resilience, biomarkers, psychosocial factors, disparities in technology use.

Uchechi Mitchell focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in the health and wellbeing of older adults. She uses data from large, national surveys to identify the pathways leading to disparities in psychosocial outcomes (e.g., hopelessness) and biomarkers of physiological functioning (e.g., allostatic load, inflammation). Her research highlights the role of stress, social support and coping in maintaining health and important health resources, like consumer technology.

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Yamilé Molina

Expert on:  cancer disparities, LGBT health.

Yamilé Molina leverages qualitative and quantitative data to highlight the strengths of and available opportunities for marginalized and resilient populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, sexual/gender minorities, and rural residents. Their research includes studies on cancer disparities among African American and Latinos and various investigations into mental health needs of queer populations in the US and Peru.

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Naoko Muramatsu

Expert on:  frail older adults.

Naoko Muramatsu is an expert on social determinants of health and well-being. Her research focuses on vulnerable populations, including frail older adults and their caregivers with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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Nadine Peacock

Expert on: disparities in sleep-related infant death, disparities in unintended pregnancy.

Nadine Peacock is a qualitative researcher and anthropologist who has conducted research focused on racial/ethnic disparities in sleep-related infant death and in rates of unintended pregnancy.

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Garth Rauscher

Expert on:  cancer disparities.

Garth Rauscher’s work on cancer disparities includes a multi-institutional study of race and gender disparities in colon cancer in metro Chicago (Colon Cancer Patterns of Care in Chicago) and analyses of multilevel determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer prognosis.  He is working on approaches to augment the Metro Chicago Breast Cancer Registry through linkages to residential histories, and available secondary data sources on environment exposures to better understand the etiology of breast cancer disparities.

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Leslie Stayner

Expert on:  cancer disparities.

Leslie Stayner has more than 40 years of experience in conducting research in the field of occupational and environmental epidemiology. He is well-recognized for his scientific contributions in the areas of occupational and environmental causes of cancer, quantitative risk assessment and epidemiologic methods. His current research is on the effects of exposures to nitrates and other agricultural chemicals on the risk of childhood cancer and adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes.

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