Cris Alonso

Cristina Alonso

Cristina has dedicated her career to ensuring access to quality sexual and reproductive health services in Latin America. After completing her MPH at Tulane University, she moved to Mexico in 2003 where she founded the Luna Maya birth centers in Chiapas and Mexico City. She has worked with several international networks and the World Health Organization to create a global definition and standards for Midwifery Centers and the integration of midwifery…

Melissa Barber

Melissa Barber

Melissa is a doctoral candidate in Global Health and Population. Her research crosses economics, political science, and law to try to better understand and overcome structural barriers to access to medicines. She has worked in policy and advocacy roles supporting universal access to medicines with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM), the Clinton Health Access…

Tori Cowger

Tori Cowger

Tori Cowger is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology studying social epidemiology and infectious diseases. Her research focuses on understanding and eliminating health inequities. Specifically, she is interested in social and structural determinants of infectious diseases and substance use related harms, health impacts of the criminal legal system and incarceration, geospatial methods, and social networks. Prior to coming to Harvard, Tori worked as an epidemiologist at the…

Brigette Davis

Brigette Davis

Brigette is a PhD candidate in Population Health Sciences, studying social epidemiology in the department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at HSPH. Brigette is interested in how racist policies and practices in everyday institutions, experienced over the life course, produce health disparities. Her dissertation focuses on  different ways to operationalize structural racism in social epidemiologic research through police violence, governmental finance decisions, and discrimination in the housing market. As a…

Onisha Etkins

Onisha Etkins is a 4th year PhD Candidate in Population Health Sciences/Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her dissertation work explores the impacts of racism on mental health in Black communities through the lens of Intersectionality Theory. She also combines her experience as a dancer with her research to explore how healing processes already existing within marginalized communities can be used to foster joy, pleasure, and positive mental health. Whether she is conducting…

Ashley Gripper

Ashley Gripper

Ashley is an activist-scholar and current PhD Candidate in Environmental Epidemiology. Using spatial analysis and mixed methods, her dissertation explores the impact of urban agriculture on the mental health, spirituality, and collective agency of Black folks in Philadelphia. Ashley is a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program and is learning how to translate research into policy that supports community wellbeing. She is an active…

Griffin Jones

Griffin Jones (he/his) is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has committed his career to scaling innovations aimed at improving the health of marginalized populations. Most recently, Griffin served as the Interim Director of Strategic Investment at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), a first-in-the-nation agency charged with lowering health care cost growth in the state. In his five…

Jourdyn Lawrence

Jourdyn Lawrence

Jourdyn is a fourth-year PhD candidate studying the importance of measurement and methodology in assessing the impacts of discrimination on health outcomes. Her research interests also include quantitative methods in social epidemiology, measurement of race and racism, aging and brain health, and social policy. Jourdyn’s commitment to health and human rights and social justice stems from her lived experiences — as well as the experiences of others from marginalized and…

Ta-Wei Lin

Ta-wei Lin

Ta-wei Lin is a Doctor of Public Health Student in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ta-wei is currently working as an epidemiologist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention. Ta-wei has managed the development, implementation, and evaluation of a number of state and local interventions addressing inequities related to health care access, substance use, oral health, rural health, gun violence,…

Keletso Makofane

Keletso Makofane

Keletso Makofane has worked in the global HIV response in different capacities, mainly focusing on HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men. He has provided technical assistance to community-based HIV programs in eastern and southern Africa and also conducted and published scientific research on health and human rights. Keletso sits on several boards of HIV organizations including the International Aids Society – the largest association…

Sherine Powerful

Sherine Andreine Powerful, MPH

Sherine Andreine Powerful, MPH (ID: Sherine, Mx., she, they) is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As a Black Caribbean Feminist, she is committed to celebrating and furthering pleasure, healing, and liberation for Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples and persons of diverse a/genders and a/sexualities, particularly those from the Caribbean. Her present interests include feminist global health and development; gender and sexual…

Amanda Taffy

Amanda Taffy

Ms. Amanda Taffy is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and remains committed to resolving the most pressing health challenges.  She is currently a Fellow at the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, where she is working on a doctoral thesis, The Role of the Arts During Covid-19, Gendered Expressions of Resilience & Empowerment.  Before returning to school, Ms.…

Emily Unger

Emily Unger is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Her doctoral work in social epidemiology focuses on gender, uncompensated caregiving, and the impact of social policy on caregivers’ health.  Prior to beginning graduate studies, she worked as a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she advocated for low-income elderly and disabled people’s access to health benefits and…