I am a general pediatrician, educator, child health advocate and health services researcher with a passion for promoting health equity. In my position as Assistant Pediatrics Program Director, I lead the residency advocacy curriculum and mentor residents in scholarly, impactful advocacy projects. As an Associate Director of Integrating Special Populations for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, I support investigators by increasing special population representation in research. Within the medical school, I co-direct the Health Equity Certificate Program and direct the Health Justice Advocacy Certificate Program in conjunction with the Law School.
My research focuses on promoting health equity through community engagement among underserved populations by addressing the social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, and increasing diversity in medicine. I am a co-director for the Pediatrics Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. As a child health advocate, I co-author policy statements for the American Academy of Pediatrics and serve on the Council on Community Pediatrics Executive Committee.