Meet the Scholars
Michael StewartMaster's entered 2023
Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana
Research Interests: Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Clinical Trials
Future Professional goals: I aspire to collaborate with public health agencies as a public health data scientist to address health disparities and promote health equity. My career goal is to contribute to meaningful research that influences policy and healthcare practices, ultimately working towards equalizing health at a global level.
Diahmin HawkinsMaster's entered 2023
Undergraduate Institution: Tennessee State University
Post-Baccalaureate: Columbia University in the City of New York
Research Interests: Public Policy, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) amongst Disproportionate Populations, Health Disparities amongst Low-Income Minority Communities, HIV and HEPC
Future Professional goals: "A lady with ambition, is a lady on a mission."
My professional goal is to advocate for public policy that is just and equal amongst all populations. I plan to study populations that are at a disadvantage and produce policy that offers equal opportunity and a level playing field to people battling opioid addiction or any other health disparities. I want to create a chain of mental health drug facilities in low-income communities. These facilities will specialize in minority healthcare services which will provide affordable healthcare services to users suffering from substance abuse. This facility will offer MOUD (opioid agonist medications) and mental health social groups that will provide emotional support throughout their process. I will also provide housing and food resources to these network users to assist them along their journey to recovery. I want to create and design effective methods that demonstrate the affected population and produce evidence based practices to help eliminate/ minimize OUD and implement safe practices for these populations. I plan to combat healthcare systems that over prescribe and mishandle opioids to people suffering from OUD in low income minority communities.
Victoria GraseMaster's entered 2022
Undergraduate Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Research Interests: Black women’s maternal mortality rates, Mental health amongst low-income/underserved communities, Rehabilitation for prison inmates and newly released civilians.
Future Professional goals: My goal is to continuously ensure a healthier future for all by fighting and disputing the injustices in healthcare worldwide. Health equity and accessibility amongst all people is the ultimate purpose so I want to primarily focus on the underrepresented and underserved communities to reach a level of fairness in all areas of health. Whether that be ranging from neurological studies to community informationals on healthier lifestyle choices and resources. I just aim to make a positive impact on the journey of improving healthcare from a multitude of aspects.
Destiny RankinsMaster's entered 2022
Undergraduate Institution: Howard University
Research Interests: Health disparities
Future Professional Goals: The health disparities that disproportionately affect underserved communities have caused a lack of trust in research clinical trials. Lack of clinical trial participation results in insufficient amounts of research needed to help address the increased risk of chronic illnesses and diseases in these communities. As a future biostatistician, my goal is to contribute by designing effective clinical trials to help instill trust and improve overall health outcomes in underserved communities.
Alitzel Serrano LagunaMaster's entered 2022
Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College
Research Interests: Minority Health, Health disparities, Chronic Diseases
Future Professional Goals: My professional goal is to lead research on how chronic diseases, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, impact minority and underserved communities. I also hope to advance understanding of the factors that engender health disparities in order to promote effective methods to combat health disparities through policy, community, healthcare, or individual level change.