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Area of Expertise

My research interests address health disparities and inequities specifically related to women’s and family health. My research has focused on issues of the social injustice of infant mortality, breast cancer prevention in underserved communities, and HPV education and awareness. I am interested in media representations of the social categories of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, and the impact of these representations on health in both society and cultures. With an initial university grant, the Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies-Healthy Community (H3) infant mortality coalition began in 2011. This CBPR coalition, currently with over 60 community members, meets monthly to create avenues for change in communities in which infant mortality is highest. The coalition, led by community members, creates a unified vision to work for Life Course health and reduce infant mortality. As my research has evolved, I am now including stories from women and groups of women from around the world. The focus of these PhotoVoice stories is to capture the dynamic ways that rituals of birth and infant mortality are interconnected with the Social Determinants of Health.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Women & Gender Studies, Texas Woman's University

MA in Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago

BA in Communication Art, University Of Wisconsin Madison

Projects 2012 2018