Addie Coleman is a Research Assistant with the UNC Re-Envisioning Health & Justice Lab. She works with The COVID Prison Project. Coleman is a Ph.D. student in the department of Health Policy and Management at UNC. She graduated with honors from UNC in the spring of 2020 with a B.A. in Sociology and Management & Society. Her thesis focused on the impact of race/ethnicity, gender and educational attainment on access to health care among working-aged adults in the United States. Her research interests now include sociodemographic disparities in health care access, political determinants of health and mass incarceration.
Guadalupe Gomez-Martinez is a North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics student. She is completing a mentorship program working under Shikira Thomas on the New IDEAS project. Throughout their high school education, they’ve fostered a love for community through involvement in local nonprofits and volunteer organizations. Their experience includes an Internship at El Centro in Durham, a nonprofit committed to strengthening the Hispanic/Latino community in the Triangle area. As an Intern, she’s been charged with project management and public outreach efforts, with duties ranging from recruiting new tutors and hosting orientations to creating lesson plans and independently teaching English classes to Latinx adults in the greater Durham area. She plans to continue her studies in sociology and public health with future goals of working to fill in the gaps in access to medical care for underprivileged minority groups, including the Latinx community.
Graduate Research Assistant
Jade Hollars is a MPH candidate in the Maternal, Child and Family Health concentration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her interest areas surround health advocacy, family planning, and fertility support. She is passionate for improving community outreach and education while addressing gaps between programs and community involvement, especially within rural and underserved communities and populations.
Jade’s background is in biology where she participated in 4 years of research at Western Carolina University focusing on the regenerative effects of keratin on human embryonic kidney cells exposed to hypoxic environments which mimicked the environment of the heart following cardiomyopathy. Her goal is to integrate these physical science skills into her public health research in the improvement of the health and well-being of mothers and families.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Priya Patel (she/her) works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Center for Health Equity Research in the Re-Envisioning Health and Justice Lab. She assists the RADx project which deals with COVID-19 impacts and intervention strategies among incarcerated populations. Patel is currently studying Health Policy and Management in the undergraduate public health program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also working towards a Medical Anthropology minor. Her activism work with marginalized populations combined with her passion for health reform influences her research interests which fall at the intersection of social justice and public health.
Ethan Phillips is an undergraduate Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a BSPH in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a BA in Public Policy with a minor in Chemistry. Ethan has 7 years of experience in community-based adolescent and young adult mental health advocacy, having led the formation of multiple cross-sector collaborative stakeholder coalitions at the school, county, and regional level. As a result of his work in mental health access promotion, Ethan co-authored a case study in an Oxford-published and CDC-supported handbook and was named a Youth Mental Health Leader in 2017 by the National Center for School Mental Health. Ethan has worked as a research assistant at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention since February 2020, researching the effects of COVID-19 on food insecurity and food access policy in rural North Carolina. After serving on the UNC undergraduate student government executive branch mental health committee, the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, and the Campus and Community Advisory Committee to COVID-19 Spring 2021 Planning, Ethan now serves as the Undergraduate Student Government Director of Student Wellness and Safety. Ethan is academically and professionally interested in evidence-based improvement to access, equity, and quality in health care.
Cambray Smith, BS
Cambray recently joined UNC’s MD-PhD program and will be entering medical school in summer 2020. Her summer rotation is in the lab of Leah Frerichs, PhD and she will be joining the MAPSCorps team. Cambray graduated from NC State in 2018 as a Park Scholar, and during her undergraduate studies worked on a wide variety of projects related to public health. Her previous research experiences include conducting an ethnographic exploration on health and religion in Guatemala, interning with an HPV vaccination epidemiology team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and co-coordinating an HIV vaccine development pilot study at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. She has spent the last two years as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester where her work focused on the safe and ethical translation of emerging biomedical technologies. She looks forward to her next ~8 years at UNC!
Kacia Vines, BS
Kacia Vines is a recent graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). There she obtained her B.S in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequality, and a minor in Diversity and Community Engagement. She was a member of the Track and Field team where she was on the A/B honor roll and Dean’s List. Kacia’s next step academically, is to obtain a dual masters degree in public health and social work where her primary focus will either be on health behavior or health equity. Last summer, Kacia was accepted into a public health internship program called Project IMHTOEP in Atlanta, Georgia. There she was sited at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, where she conducted quantitative research on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) associated with Particulate Matter (less than 2.5) in Georgia counties. Completing a scientific manuscript, presentation, and a poster presentation, Kacia’s abstracted was accepted into the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indiana, Indianapolis. Although Kacia’s interests are not in Environmental Health, she tackled that experience head on with the transferable experience she gained. Her true passion is working in underserved communities, implementing new programs and initiatives that diminish societal barriers.
Graduate Research Assistant
Juan Yanguela serves as a Graduate Research Assistant for the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Health Equity Research. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC. He earned a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2017 and an MSc in Evidence-Based Policy from Oxford University in 2018. He has previously worked for the English National Health Service (NHS) and as a healthcare consultant in the private sector. Broadly, his research interests include the use of digital and data-driven technologies to integrate health and social care and the development of innovative strategies to address the social determinants of health.
Brittany is studying to get her BA in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an interest in medical anthropology and health disparities. Her research interest includes community health, minority health and the impact of health disparities on low-income communities. During her time at Carolina Brittany’s interests have shifted and explored areas of biology and anthropology. She has shown interest in a masters degree in public health and acquiring her MD in the future.