Faculty & Staff

Faculty:

Name

Summary / Research Interest

Dejun Su, PhD
Center Director
Social Demography, Medical Sociology, Health Research and Policy
Keyonna King, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Dr. King focuses her research efforts on reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes for African Americans in the context of community-based participatory research (CBPR).  She focuses on lifestyle diseases that adversely affect the African American communities such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.  She is also interested in African American men’s health particularly men between the ages of 18 and 30 years old

Other Academic and Technical Staff:

Name

Summary / Research Interest

Athena Ramos, MS, MBA, CPM 
Community Health Program Manager/Instructor
Tobacco control and prevention, Racial and ethnic health disparities, Healthy public spaces, recreation areas, and parks, Latino and LGBT health initiatives, Intercultural communication and cultural competency, Occupational safety, health, and wellness among migrant farmworkers and immigrants, Community development, Coalition-building, and Policy advocacy
Drissa Toure, MD, MPH
Community Clinical Research Coordinator
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health, Prevention of poor pregnancy outcomes and neonatal mortality, Identification and prevention of maternal and infant mortality in developing countries, and Epigenetics and pregnancy outcomes
Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, MPH, BS
Outreach Project Associate
Racial and ethnic health disparities, Public health in Latino immigrants, Environmental health-related diseases, and Epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases (zoonosis)
Natalia Trinidad, BS 
Outreach Project Associate
Prevention of underage drinking, Tobacco control and prevention, Community engagement and outreach, Racial and ethnic health disparities, and Healthy public spaces, recreations areas, and park
Wayne Houston, MPH
North Omaha Community Liaison
Community-Based Participatory Research, and Chronic Disease Prevention among African Americans
Administrative Associate
Health Equity, Social Justice, and Creative dissemination of research
Research Assistant
Public Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health Promotion, and Chronic Disease Prevention
Eric Meyer MA, MLA, CPH 
Graduate Research Assistant
Youth Violence Prevention, Sexual Offending and Victimization, Policing in U.S.
Research Assistant
Racial and ethnic health disparities, Community based participatory research, Refugee and humanitarian health, Health literacy and healthcare access, Cultural competence and health policy
Kandy Do
Research Assistant
Public Health Disparities - Healthcare Safety, Quality, Patient Satisfaction, and Efficiency - Public Health Practice - Healthcare Administration
Research Assistant
HIV/AIDS and malaria, Infectious diseases, and Community health promotion 
Research Assistant
Programs evaluation in early childhood development, Early cognitive stimulation of preschool children in developing country,
Evaluating the impact of integrated programs, Evaluating tools, Sustainability of interventions focused on early childhood development, Cognitive development of vulnerable children, Role of fathers and family structure on child development at the early stage, Parent mental health and child development, and Double burden of malnutrition in developing country and the impact in early childhood development
Tzeyu Michaud 
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Michaud is interested in conducting evidence-based economic evaluations of interventions at the clinical or population levels to inform practice guidelines and improve the quality of life for patients. Her approach to research is multidisciplinary and utilizes skills in health services research, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, demography, and comparative effectiveness. She also maintains a personal and genuine interest in population aging, and long-term care for patients with dementia.