committed to social justice ~ health-tech researcher
Educator and team leader.
Brooklyn College, Department of Health and Nutrition
Sociology of Public Health (HNSC 3505; Fall 2017)
The course introduces the core issues and theoretical perspectives, especially the intersection of systems of domination (race, gender, etc.) and health. It also examines the relationship between social location, physical environment, and lifestyle factors commonly associated with chronic disease. Much of the course explores specific policy domains and health and life expectancy in the U.S.
City College of New York, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, Physician Assistant Program
Developed student’s ability to identify a clinical problem and to collect, process, analyze, summarize and present an evidence-based approach solution to that problem. The topic could be a medical challenge in terms of diagnosis or treatment of a disease state, or management issues for patients or their family’s issues of which there is lack of consensus or a lack of clear guidelines. Students wrote a scientific paper and then presented it to a panel of faculty reviewers.
Project Director, Health-Technology Projects for Healthy CUNY Initiative at the CUNY School
New York, NY January 2016–June 2017
Oversee the design, development, implementation and evaluation of two health technology interventions across five CUNY campuses. Drawing from design thinking approach, a cohort of 17 undergraduates from various CUNY campuses meet weekly to inform the development of one of those projects.
Assistant Program Officer, Interactive Technology & Pedagogy (ITP) Certificate Program
New York, NY August 2014–December 2015
Provide administrative and technical support to the program’s coordinator, and addressing all administrative issues related to the ITP program, including course registrations, upkeep of student records, scheduling of program meetings and events, maintaining calendars, and upkeep and updating of the ITP websites.
Director of Applied Research and Senior Consultant, Connected Health Solutions
New York, NY June 2009–Present
Consulting services specializing in design and implementation of clear and functional evaluation tools to help nonprofits efficiently meet funder requirements and organizational goals. Assist with junior and senior staff coaching; staff, board, and organizational goal setting; and meeting facilitation. Clients include: Love Heals, Harm Reduction Coalition, and Voces Latinas.
Research Associate, The Ford Foundation
New York, NY May 2010–Dec 2013
Draft summary fact sheets (e.g. demographic shifts, reproductive health data of targeted groups, and legal and policy trends and status of priority reproductive rights issues) based on existing data. Conduct research and compile summary of donors supporting work, which overlap in Ford’s sexuality and reproductive health and rights initiative(s). Prepare presentations by synthesizing data to generate visualizations. Other research and writing tasks as requested.
Graduate Research Assistant, Cheryl Merzel, DrPH, Research Foundation of the City University of New York
New York, NY, Sept 2009–Dec 2009
Collected data to conduct a comprehensive systematic analysis of the published and unpublished literature to catalog and examine definitions, operationalization, and measures of community capacity to aid in the development of measurement approaches.
Deputy Director, Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education
New York, NY, Aug 07–June 2009
Nominated for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award; advanced to second stage. Steer the overall direction of programming and the organization. Supervise nine consultants per year to run a comprehensive sexuality program, LEAP for Girls, in East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Central Brooklyn – areas hardest hit by HIV/AIDS in NYC. Responsible for quality improvement and outcome monitoring for LEAP for Girls. Conducted analyses, created cogent summary reports, disseminated findings. Supervised group of seven health educators and eight HIV positive individuals who deliver educational workshops in middle schools, high schools and community based organizations throughout New York City. Supervised five staff and three to four college interns throughout the year, including Master’s candidates.
Project Coordinator, The Fund for the City of New York
New York, NY, Feb 05–July 07
Responsible for all aspects of Project T.E.A.C.H. (Teens Educating About Community Health) housed at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY. Provided training annually to 50 fifteen to eighteen year olds who then educated 300 youth living in South Brooklyn. Topical training areas included: HIV and other STIs, methods of contraception, substance abuse, negotiation skills, communication skills, cultural competency, and facilitation skills. Modified and implemented a culturally appropriate curriculum specific to urban youth of color. Supervised one staff member and two Americorps members. Assisted research team with program evaluation data collection and follow-up for a federally funded (SAMHSA) youth drug and HIV prevention program. Developed and maintained relationships with community stakeholders to maintain community buy-in and to coordinate workshops for youth.
Field Manager, Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
New York, NY, Aug 04–Nov 04
Led canvassing teams of three to five people throughout New York City to fundraise for the Democratic National Committee. Raised $20K.
Consultant Field Supervisor, The University of Texas at Austin
El Paso, TX, July 04–Aug 04
Assisted with overall project launch for a pilot study on oral contraceptive use along the U.S./ Mexico border. Trained staff members on in-depth interviewing skills. Created outreach protocol and recruited participants. Revised qualitative and quantitative survey instruments.
Patient Advocate, Reproductive Health Services
Austin, TX, Feb 04–July 04
Developed front desk procedures manual, served as Spanish translator (written and oral), checked in patients for reproductive health appointments.
Project Associate, Center for Health Training
Austin, TX, July 03–July 04
Conducted quality assurance for Infertility Prevention Project. Note taker during bilingual focus groups in El Paso, TX. Translated client satisfaction materials. Assisted with agency book keeping. Assisted with editing the Linkages Innovations Research Project Final Report.
Consultant, TARAL: Pro-Choice America
Austin, TX, Oct 2002
Verified accuracy of Spanish translation for booklet on abortion access.
Research Assistant, Linda Cushman, PhD, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
New York, NY, Sept 00–Dec 02
Collected and analyzed qualitative data for a cross-sectional study on circular migration patterns of Dominican adolescents. Translated “A Summer Beyond Research” for the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health Newsletter.
Training Support Coordinator, Center for Health Training
Austin, TX, Aug 99–Dec 00
Coordinated five statewide conferences and 20 regional workshops for publicly funded family planning agencies. Compiled evaluation data of client satisfaction surveys.
Sexual Health Assistant Coordinator, Health Services, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX, May 98–May 99
Managed scheduling of all Sexual Health Education requests. Facilitated workshops as a peer educator for university community. Tailored curriculum to include interactive workshops for special community groups. Created and maintained a cataloguing system for the University Wellness Resource Center Library.