CUNY Institute for Health Equity

Research Scholars 2012

Atinuke Ayeni

Atinuke Ayeni is pursuing her graduate degree in Lehman College's public health program. She's focusing on community-based participatory research as a means of achieving health equity. Ayeni received a Bachelor of Science (1994) and a Master of Science (1999) from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. In Nigeria, she worked as a logistics person at Aqualog Ltd., a borehole drilling company involved in water, sanitation, and health programs as a means of reducing the incidence of water born diseases. Current research interests include ongoing CIHE projects, specifically the South Bronx birth study.

Sitaji Gurung

Sitaji Gurung is an M.P.H. student in the Health Care Policy and Administration Track at Brooklyn College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in human biology and a medical degree both from De La Salle University in the Philippines. Currently, she is working on her Master's thesis on the impact of the Department of Defense's former policy "Don't Ask Don't Tell" on lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members in the United States Armed Forces.

Gurung joined the CUNY Institute for Health Equity (CIHE) as a research scholar in the spring 2012 semester. She is involved in a multi-method study on urban stress and the association it may have with regard to infant mortality or other birth outcomes in the South Bronx.

Gurung research interests lie in examining the social and structural inequalities and their links to health outcomes in vulnerable populations. As a medical professional committed to advancing public health, she has always been interested in combining clinical medicine with research involving policy implications.

Research Scholars 2010

Tiffany Mae Brown

Tiffany Mae Brown is a graduate student in the Geographic Information Science Certificate Program at Lehman College. Mae Brown received her undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Temple University and her master's degree in elementary education from Mercy College. Tiffany taught in New York City public elementary schools for five years before deciding to return to school to study GISc. Mae Brown was hired as a tutor at Lehman's GISc Lab after only one semester in the GISc program. Because she excelled in GISc, she was selected to serve as a CIHE Research Scholar during the Spring 2011 semester. Born and raised in the Bronx, Mae Brown is interested in researching health disparities and the health effects of urban stressors in the Bronx. Her current research interest is the geospatial analysis of urban and environmental stressors.

Mallesha A. Malcolm

Mallesha A. Malcolm is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention. She is a graduate student at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Malcolm also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She has worked on various projects with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc. Malcolm is presently working to make CUNY a healthier place through a Healthy CUNY project, which encourages the use of the free mental health screenings and counseling services that are available on CUNY campuses, starting with Hunter. Malcolm's current research interests are in the areas of health policy, maternal-child health, mental health, health equity, and social justice. Her passion is working with underserved and minority populations in and out of the clinical field, caring for them and advocating for their health needs. She is an avid supporter of holistic health, emphatically promoting the balance of physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being.

Megan Reed

Megan Reed is enrolled in Hunter College's M.P.H. program in Urban Public Health, with an emphasis on Community Health Education. She earned her undergraduate degreee in community studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Upon graduation, she trained workers and substance abuse counselors in Texas on HIV, Hepatitis C harm reduction methodology. She also worked as an affordable housing organizer in New York City. Her primary interests are in harm reduction in substance-using and LGBT communities.

Kimyetta Robinson

Kimyetta Robinson is currently enrolled in Hunter College's Master of Public Health program, focusing on health policy and management. Prior to entering the MPH program, Robinson was a program officer at an anti-poverty organization. She also served as the program director for a volunteer-based court monitoring program at a court reform organization. Robinson earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Rachael Weiss

Rachael Weiss received her Masters of Public Health at Hunter College in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in the field of Epidemiology at the Graduate Center/CUNY. She is a research fellow at the Urban GISc. Lab at Lehman College, working on environmental justice and geospatial disparities in health. Her research interests include neighborhood determinants of healthy active aging.

Asif Patel

Asif Patel studied medicine at Grant Medical College in Mumbai and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at Lehman College. His current research interests are in the areas of mental health, HIV, diabetes and genetics, Latino health issues (especially Dominican Republic), health equity, and social justice. He is passionate about global health, medical journalism and working with underserved and minority populations in and out of the clinical field. He is involved in the Photovoice Project, the South Bronx Birth Study, and maintenance of the Institute website.



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