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Brown Scholars


Sachini Bandara

Sachini's research interests include identifying policy solutions to health disparities in the Baltimore and Maryland region and more broadly understanding the development of state and local  policies to improve health and how to create political environments that lead to the implementation of these policies.

Fidel Desir Boya

Fidel's research will investigate the intersection between HIV health disparities and Latino health, particularly in Baltimore City.

Karina Christiansen

A Health Policy and Management doctoral student, Karina's research interests include the politics of health policy, urban food policy and health disparities.

Desmond Flagg

A fourth-year doctoral student, Desmond is a research assistant with the Center for a Livable Future with interests in child obesity prevention and food policy. 

Stacey Lloyd

A doctoral student in Mental Health, Stacey wants to further develop her health services research skills and knowledge, while expanding her understanding of the etiology of child and adolescent psychopathology.

Roxanne Mirabal Beltran

Roxanne is interested in health disparities in Latino communities, particularly how race, gender, education and socioeconomic status contribute to this disparity equation.

Yeeli Mui

Yeeli developed a deep appreciation for nutrition issues while working on community-based initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.  

Rene Najera

While in the DrPH program, Rene hopes to expand his knowledge of the basics while learning of the cutting edge practices Johns Hopkins is helping to implement.

Gia Naranjo-Rivera

Gia seeks to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct innovative research and develop programs to empower, reduce disparities, and Improve social and health outcomes of underserved, urban, and minority youth and communities- especially Latino, pan-African, and indigenous people In the US and Latin America.

Allysha Robinson

Allysha's doctoral research focuses on medical adherence among HIV-positive injection drug users in East Baltimore.

Michelle Taylor

As a Brown Scholar and Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Scholar, Michelle hopes to advocate for policy changes and create effective interventions that eradicate childhood obesity and other health inequities often encountered in under-resourced populations.

Aracelis Torres

After completing her undergraduate studies at Yale University, Torres' work in a New York City community health center solidified her decision to apply her skills toward a career in public health, with a focus on health disparities.

Nomi Weiss-Laxer

Nomi's research interests include urban health disparities, family-based health interventions and childhood injury prevention.

Stacy Woods

Stacy is pursuing a doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences and following her passion to conduct research focused on environmental justice.