I am a general pediatrician, educator, child health advocate and health services researcher with a passion for promoting health equity. In my position as Associate Program Director for the pediatrics residency, I lead the residency advocacy curriculum, mentor residents in scholarly advocacy projects and implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. As an Associate Director of Integrating Special Populations for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, I support investigators to increase 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 under-resourced populations by addressing the health-related social needs, 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 as Vice Chair for the Council on Community Pediatrics Executive Committee. I am on the editorial board for the journal Pediatrics.