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APHA 2021 logoPHI and its programs are sharing research, expertise and new ideas at 20 posters, presentations and special sessions at the 2021 APHA meeting.

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Systems Thinking & Mindsets: Foundations for Strengthening Social Connectedness and Improving Impact of Public Health Collaboratives

Learning Institute #1009 at APHA 2021

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 1:00 – 4:30 PM MT

Presenters: Emily Christopher, Kathryn Stewart, and Christina Olson

Join PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab’s virtual Learning Institute #1009 for an interactive deep-dive into applying systems thinking approaches to public health practices, with practical tips and skill-building in today’s increasingly virtual world.

You can earn 3 CE credits for participating in this Learning Institute.

LIs are not included in the meeting registration fee. Purchase access to LIs during the registration process, or log back into your registration record to add it on. The registration fee is $215.

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Film: Aire Collaborative Digital Stories

Session: Climate Change/Environmental Health
Film Contributor: Catalina Garzon-Galvis, Tracking California

These short digital AIRE stories from PHI’s Tracking California and StoryCenter show a glimpse into six California communities that are disproportionately burdened by toxic air pollution, elevating the voices and experiences of leaders engaged in air monitoring and other efforts to improve air quality in their communities.

APHA films are on-demand and will only be available for viewing from October 18-27.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

B-3 Alcohol: Predictors and Correlates of Various Alcohol-Related Harms: Targets for Prevention (1002)

poster icon9:30 – 11:00am MT Poster: High Intensity Drinking (HID) and Alcohol Problems in a 28-day Event-Based Study of an Adult Population of Heavy Drinkers (Virtual)

Thomas Greenfield, PhD, Scientific & Executive Director – Alcohol Research Group
Camillia Lui, PhD, Scientist Deidre Patterson, MPH, Associate Scientist Libo Li, PhD, Biostatistician Edwina Williams, MPH, Research Associate IV
We studied rates of heavy episodic drinking (5-7 drinks in a day) and high intensity drinking (8-11 and 12+ drinks in a day) using 28-day drinking event-based data (n = 220), also examining associations with alcohol dependence and tangible consequences.

Cover: Using Law and Policy to Reduce Alcohol-Related Deaths in the United States

More from the Alcohol Research Group: Using Law and Policy to Reduce Alcohol-Related Deaths in the United States presents evidence-based policy solutions that demonstrate how laws and policies can help support healthier, safer, and more livable communities and reduce the negative effects of alcohol use.

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Program: Food and Nutrition (1082)

poster icon2:00 – 3:30 pm MT Poster: Healthy food Rx: A community-clinical approach in California (Virtual)

Amy DeLisio, MPH RDN – Center for Wellness and Nutrition
Betty Sun MS, RD Alondra Vega-Arroyo PhD
This session will share an innovative community-clinical based Healthy Food Rx program being implemented to improve health outcomes of people living with diabetes in Stockton, CA through healthy food and maximizing access to community resources.

basket full of vegetables and posters of colored signs

More from the Center for Wellness and Nutrition: Inspiring Healthy Communities: Empowering Youth in Los Angeles County explores how PHI’s Center for Wellness and Nutrition worked in partnership with Converge Research and Training to examine project implementation, successes, and challenges to inform and refine future youth engagement programs for LA County.


Friday, October 22, 2021

8:30 – 10am MT Service System Access, Connectedness and Adaptation 

poster icon8:30 – 10:00am MT Poster: Utilization of medical care in relation to psychosocial factors among young non-binary adults (Virtual)

Sandy Tan, Research Associate & Health Educator, MPH, CHES – Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Tooru Nemoto, PhD., PI; Mariko Iwamoto, M.A, Project Director; Sabrina Suico, Project Coordinator; Victorine Stanilaus, MPH, Evaluator
Kristi Gamarel, PhD, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Don Operario, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
A quantitative and qualitative study examining the utilization of health care services in relation to psychosocial factors among non-binary people ages 18 to 29 years old in Alameda and San Francisco counties.

B-4-Alcohol: Alcohol and College Students and Young Adults in Various Populations: Trends in Use, Norms, Harms, Data Analysis, and Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harm (2001)

poster icon8:30 – 10:00am MT Poster: Lifecourse heaving drinking trajectories using time-varying effect modeling: Comparing Asian Americans to other racial/ethnic groups using a U.S. national sample (Virtual)

Christina Tam, PhD, Associate Scientist –  Alcohol Research Group
Libo Li, PhD, Biostatistician Won Kim Cook, PhD, Scientist Camillia Lui, PhD, Scientist Deidre Patterson, MPH, Associate Scientist
Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we estimated time-varying effects models to compare Asian trajectories of heavy episodic drinking to Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics to pinpoint specific ages from 12 to 41 to reduce heavy drinking.

poster icon8:30 – 10:00am MT Poster: Protective effects of ethnic enclaves: Testing pathways to alcohol use and disorders in Mexican American young adults (Virtual)

Christina Tam, PhD, Associate Scientist –  Alcohol Research Group
Libo Li, PhD, Biostatistician Sarah Duhart Clarke, PhD, RTI International Cindy Ehlers, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, RTI International
Informed by theories of neighborhood social control, we examined whether negative drinking attitudes mediate associations between residence in ethnic enclaves and alcohol outcomes among a young adult Mexican American sample.
Community Health Planning and Policy Development (2006)

poster icon8:30 – 10:00am MT Poster: Housing and health equity in the news: Findings from a national analysis (505870) (Virtual)

Kim Garcia, MPH, Research Associate – Berkeley Media Studies Group
Sarah Perez-Sanz, MPH, Research Associate Pamela Mejia, MPH, MS, Head of Research and Principal Investigator Katherine Schaff, DrPH, Health Equity Coordinator Lori Dorfman, DrPH, Director
Berkeley Media Studies Group conducted a framing analysis to look at how news from around the country frames diverse housing issues. We explored questions like why stories appeared in the news, who was quoted, and how equity appeared.

woman holding microphone during protest

More from Berkeley Media Studies Group: Talking About Health, Housing, and COVID-19: Keeping Equity at the Forefront is a guide to support public health practitioners, community organizers, and others who are striving, amid COVID-19, to elevate equity-focused solutions in housing and health news and before policymakers.

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Food and Nutrition Security during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives on Adaptations and Responses

poster icon1:oo – 2:30pm MT Poster: Suddenly hungry: News coverage of federal food program expansions in response to COVID-19 (Virtual)

Sarah Perez-Sanz, MPH – Berkeley Media Studies Group
Pamela Mejia, MS, MPH Kim Garcia, MPH Lori Dorfman, DrPH, MPH
The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a surge in food insecurity and catalyzed changes to food programs across the country. Does this present opportunities to permanently leverage shifts in public narrative and opinion to support equity and health for everyone?

Saturday, October 23, 2021

8:30am – 4:30pm MT APHA 2021 Learning Institutes (1009)

presentation icon1:00 – 4:30pm MT Presentation: Systems Thinking & Mindsets: Foundations for Strengthening Social Connectedness and Improving Impact of Public Health Collaboratives (Virtual)

Sue Grinnell, MPH, Director – Population Health Innovation Lab

Christina Olson, MPH, Program Associate II Emily Christopher, MPH, Population Health Research Specialist

This course engages participants in an interactive learning experience to discover approaches to systems thinking and how they can be applied in public health practice, with practical tips and skill-building to do so in today’s virtual world.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

2:00 – 3:30pm MT Addressing Health Equity through Programs, Initiatives, and Policies That Create Healthier Communities (495185)

presentation icon2:00 – 2:15pm MT Presentation: Keeping the focus on equity with accountable communities of/for health (ACHs): A multi-state, mixed-methods study (In person)

Stephanie Bultema, MAAL, PhD(c) – Population Health Innovation Lab

Sue Grinnell, MPH Christina Olson, MPH Tarah Ranke, MPH, M(ASCP) Lydia Elias, BA

This presentation explores how Accountable Communities of/for Health can bring an equity focus to communities.

2:00pm – 3:30pm MT Cannabis: Examinations of Cannabis Related Policies and Regulations 

presentation icon2:30 – 2:45 pm MT Presentation: Local cannabis policy scorecards: A tool to promote public health and advance social equity in California’s cannabis industry (In person)

Alisa Padon, PhD, Research Scientist II – Getting it Right from the Start

Aurash Jason Soroosh, MSPH, RD: Policy Associate
Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP: Senior Advisor

This presentation will cover the Getting it Right from the Start project’s local cannabis policy scorecards, a tool to promote public health and advance social equity in California’s cannabis industry.

Cannabis Revenue

More from Getting it Right from the Start: California Cannabis Tax Revenues: A Windfall for Law Enforcement or an Opportunity for Healing Communities? examines how cities across California are taking the money and spending it on city and county law enforcement.

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4:00 – 5:30pm MT Transgender and Gender Diverse People’s Health I

presentation icon4:20 – 4:40pm MT Presentation: Health services engagement among non-binary and genderqueer people: Descriptive findings from a mixed methods study (503357) (Virtual)

Tooru Nemoto, Research Project Director, PhD – Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Mariko Iwamoto, M.A, Project Director; Victorine Stanilaus, MPH, Evaluator; Sandy Tan, MPH, CHES, Research Associate
Kristi Gamarel, PhD, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Wesley King, EdM, MPH, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Lily Gordon, Brown University; Don Operario, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health

A quantitative and qualitative study examining specific health needs among non-binary or genderqueer (NB-GQ) young adults ages 18-29 in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Monday, October 25, 2021

4:30 – 4:45pm  MT Social Determinants of & Community-Based Approaches to Health Promotion Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) 

presentation icon4:00 – 5:30pm  MT Presentation: Engaging Asian youth to reduce mental health stigma: Culturally appropriate intervention program for Asian American communities (503567) (In person)

Sandy Tan, Research Associate & Health Educator, MPH, CHES – Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Tooru Nemoto, PhD., PI; Mariko Iwamoto, M.A, Project Director; Victorine Stanilaus, MPH, Evaluator; Sabrina Suico, Project Coordinator; Ellen Chang, Health Educator

The presentation is about the development of a culturally appropriate intervention program to engage Asian youth of Alameda County to reduce mental health stigma in their community.

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More from Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations: Supporting Asian Youth in Mental Health and Wellness: In 2020, Improving the Wellness of Asian Youth (IWAY), a project of PHI’s Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations, supported Asian high school youth and young adults with online workshops, counseling, youth programs and social media outreach offering trauma-informed mental health and wellness resources and support.

 


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

California state Capitol Sacramento

10:30am-12:00pm MT: Advancing Racial Equity in State Governments (4055.2)

Panelists: 
• Gordon Goodwin, National Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity
• Holly Nickel, Racial Equity Strategist, Health in All Policies, Public Health Institute
• Jubin Cheruvelil, Program Director for the Center for Health Equity Practice, Michigan Public Health Institute
• Lazaro Cardenas, Racial Equity Specialist, California Department of Public Health

This PHI-organized practitioner panel will highlight experience incorporating racial equity into state-level government policies, practices, and culture across the country. Panelists will be asked to share candidly about their experiences, including describing key factors in their success, policy windows they have seized, barriers they have faced, and challenges both institutional and personal.

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12:30 – 1:45pm MT: Leave No Child behind: Addressing Nutrition During Childhood

presentation icon12:30 – 1:45pm MT Presentation: Longer-term impacts of sugar sweetened beverage taxes: Consumption before and 2-years after the San Francisco tax (Virtual)

Alisa Padon, PhD, Research Scientist II – Getting it Right from the Start

Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor; Libo Li, PhD, Statistician, Tom Greenfield, PhD, Director

Presentation on the change in soda consumption in San Francisco and San Jose before and two years after the implementation of the San Francisco soda tax.

2:oo – 3:30pm MT: Advances in Health Administration Programs, Policies, and Procedures (4163)

presentation icon2:15 – 2:30pm  MT Presentation: Equity informed agile leadership at the local level: Teams that transcend boundaries (509094) (In person)

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH  – Center for Health Leadership and Practice

This presentation on “agile leadership” describes collaborative leadership at the local level in which teams work across sectors to solve an issue in their community. 

4:00 – 5:00pm MT: Exploring COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies

presentation icon4:00 – 4:15pm MT Presentation: Vaccine Equity Video Series: A Multi-Media Strategy to Rapidly Elevate and Disseminate Community-informed and Equity-centered COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies (496855) (Virtual)

Marley Williams – Public Health Alliance of Southern California

Dana Sherrod, Public Health Alliance of Southern California; Ana Bonilla, Public Health Alliance of Southern California; Tracy Delaney, Public Health Alliance of Southern California

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More from Public Health Alliance of Southern California: Promising Practices for Equitable Vaccine Distribution Video Series showcases community-informed and equity-centered practices that reach disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color.

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4:00 – 5:30pm MT: Improving Community Health through Innovative, Interdisciplinary Partnerships during COVID-19

presentation icon4:00 – 4:15 MT Presentation: Multisector collaboratives (MSCs) are key players in improving community health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-state, mixed-methods study (In person)

Stephanie Bultema, MAAL, PhD(c) – Population Health Innovation Lab

Sue Grinnell, MPH Christina Olson, MPH Tarah Ranke, MPH, M(ASCP) Lydia Elias, BA

Multi-sector collaboratives (MSCs) are important champions helping people and organizations respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This abstract explores how MSCs have contributed to pandemic recovery and response and the characteristics that best predict the extent to which an MSC strengthened its community’s ability to respond to COVID-19 and its consequences.

4:00 – 5:30pm MT: B-2-Alcohol: Making a Difference with Differences: Race, Income, Gender, and Adversity in Alcohol Use and Related Harms (4149)

presentation icon4:15 – 4:30 MT Presentation: Effects of early adversity by age four on children’s behavioral, academic and adolescent substance use among a U.S. longitudinal cohorts (501263) (Virtual)

Camillia Lui, PhD, Scientist – Alcohol Research Group

Jane Witbrodt, PhD, Associate Scientist Nina Mulia, DrPH, Senior Scientist and Center Associate Director Libo Li, PhD, Biostatistician Edwina Williams, MPH, Research Associate IV Christina Tam, PhD, Associate Scientist Zihe Guo, PhD, Public Health Institute 

Using National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979-Child/Young Adult Cohort data of 3,300 children born 1984-2000 and followed through 2016, we examined early childhood adversity (ages 0-4) on childhood behavioral and academic outcomes and, in turn, adolescent alcohol and cannabis use.

4:00 – 5:00pm MT: Healthy Neighborhood Investments: How Public Health Can Champion Social Connectedness and Advance Health & Racial Equity Among Multi-Sector Partnerships with Community Development 

presentation icon4:00 – 4:15pm  MT Presentation: How public health and community development partnerships can shape policies and investments in healthy neighborhoods (504791) (Virtual)

Renae Badruzzaman, MPH, Program Manager – Build Healthy Places Network

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH, Program Director of HiAP. Jen Lewis-Walden, MA, MEM, Special Advisor at BHPN. Zachary D. Travis, MPH, PhD Candidate, Research Associate at BPHN.

TC Duong, Program Officer at Blue Cross California Foundation

A moderated panel presentation for Public Health Funder Network will discuss the Healthy Neighborhood Investments: Policy Scan and Strategy Map and how public health and community development partnerships can advance health & racial equity, and social connectedness through multi-sector coalitions.

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More from Build Healthy Places Network: Community Close Ups: Profiles of Community Development Partnerships for Health: this series spotlights community development projects that are making a real difference in neighborhoods. Each profile breaks down the nuts and bolts of these innovative projects, uplifting stories that exemplify the power of cross-sector partnerships that impact health and well-being. 


Wednesday, October 27, 2021


PHI Presenters

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Renae Badruzzaman, MPH, Program Manager
Build Healthy Places Network

Renae A. Badruzzaman (she/her) is a public health practitioner and social justice entrepreneur passionate about systems change at the root of social and health inequities. Renae is a Program Manager for Build Healthy Places Network where she operationalizes and implements the Network’s place-based strategy. She brings a decade of multidisciplinary and cross-sector experience to collectively advance health equity, inclusion and justice for people of color and communities with low-incomes. Renae is the Housing Justice Director for the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) and a Founding Member of the Eden Area Community Land Trust.
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Stephanie Bultema, MAAL, PhD(c)
Population Health Innovation Lab

Stephanie Bultema is Director of Research and Network Science in the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) at the Public Health Institute and a PhD candidate in Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Her work, teaching, and studies focus on large-scale collaboration for the common good.
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Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH
Health in All Policies

Julia Caplan is Program Director of the California Health in All Policies Task Force, which is a collaborative project between the California Strategic Growth Council, the Public Health Institute (PHI), and the California Department of Public Health. In this capacity, Julia facilitates a multi-agency process that brings together over twenty state agencies, departments, and offices to build collaborative partnerships to incorporate health, equity, and environmental sustainability considerations into decision-making and government operations across policy areas as diverse as transportation, land use, education, agriculture, and social services.
Amy DeLisio, MPH RDN
Center for Wellness and Nutrition

Amy DeLisio is the director at the Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN) and has over fifteen years of experience working on nutrition education, food security, social marketing, and chronic disease prevention interventions serving vulnerable populations. She is passionate about implementing community driven approaches that support food justice and health equity. Amy has extensive experience with capacity building efforts, multi-level interventions, community and youth leadership, and coalition building around common goals in California and nationally. Ms. DeLisio is a Registered Dietitian with a master's degree in public health from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
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Kim Garcia, MPH, Research Associate
Berkeley Media Studies Group

Kim Garcia is a Research Associate at Berkeley Media Studies Group supporting news and content analysis on social and health equity issues. Kim has 10 years of experience in both quantitative and qualitative methods, primarily in the field of public health with a focus on race, class, gender, and youth development. Outside of research, Kim works on data visualization, graphic design, and writing. With roots in the Philippines and Canada, Kim brings an internationalist lens to her social justice work. Kim holds a B.S. from McMaster University and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Thomas Greenfield
Thomas Greenfield, PhD, Scientific & Executive Director
Alcohol Research Group

Tom Greenfield's expertise is in the area of epidemiology of alcohol use and problems, alcohol policy studies, and alcohol-related problem and consumption measurement. He also researches drinking patterns and mortality, cultural and ethnic variations in drinking behavior, conducts US and cross-national population studies and focuses on alcohol’s harm to others. More recently as part of the Alcohol Research Center together with his colleague, Dr. Camillia Lui, he is investigating correlates and outcomes of high intensity drinking (amounts greatly in excess of 5 drinks in any day).
Sue Grinnell
Sue Grinnell, MPH, Director
Population Health Innovation Lab

Sue Grinnell is the Director of Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) with current focus on Accountable Communities of/for Health (ACH) sites and health focused multisector collaboratives (MSCs). Experience includes supporting the formation of the ACH model in Washington, Vermont ACH Learning Lab, and California Accountable Communities of Health (CACHI) Accelerator sites. Sue supports deepened capacity for collaboratives to navigate the complexity of population health using various innovative practices including the Art of Hosting and Design Thinking.
Camillia Lui
Camillia Lui, PhD, Scientist
Alcohol Research Group

Camillia Lui's research focuses on using a life course perspective, understanding socioeconomic disparities in alcohol and tobacco use, problems and treatment. She also works in the area of environmental prevention strategies and local policies to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other substance use and has expertise in program evaluation and organizational capacity building. More recently, she has been collaborating with community colleges through her smoke-free college study.
Tooru Nemoto
Tooru Nemoto, Research Project Director, PhD
Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Dr. Tooru Nemoto is Research Program Director at the Public Health Institute (PHI). Before joining PHI, Dr. Nemoto was Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He has been mainly engaging in substance abuse and HIV prevention studies and service projects for under-served and stigmatized populations, such as transgender and gender non-binary people, men who have sex with men (MSM), and sex workers in the U.S. and Asian countries, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He has been awarded a number of grants and service contracts from NIH, SAMHSA, CDC, HRSA, and private foundations.
Carmen Nevarez
Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH
Center for Health Leadership and Practice

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH, is senior vice president, external relations and preventive medicine at Public Health Institute. She directs Center for Health Leadership and Practice, supporting communities addressing complex issues through broad-based collaborations. Main focus areas include health equity, chronic disease and opioid use disorder. Dr. Nevarez has served as president of APHA, is a member of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California board, and is board chair of the Langeloth Foundation.
Alisa Padon
Alisa Padon, PhD, Research Scientist II
Getting it Right from the Start

Dr. Alisa Padon completed her doctorate in public health from the department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and finished a postdoctoral fellowship at the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her past research focused on youth-targeted marketing and promotions of alcohol and tobacco products, examining the unique vulnerabilities of youth and the psychosocial and neurocognitive appeals and techniques used in marketing. She is now translating that work as a research scientist at the Public Health Institute, into the regulation of sugar sweetened beverages and legalized recreational cannabis.
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Sarah Perez-Sanz, MPH
Berkeley Media Studies Group

Sarah Perez-Sanz assists BMSG with various content analysis projects related to soda taxes, housing, immunizations, and police violence. Sarah has a BA from Colorado College and an MPH from the University of Minnesota – School of Public Health. Her master’s project focused on the health policy messaging of political TV ads during the 2018 midterm elections. Sarah’s passionate interest in public health and its many intricacies blossomed from her background in ecology.
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Sandy Tan, Research Associate & Health Educator, MPH, CHES
Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations

Sandy Tan obtained her bachelor of science in Health Education with a minor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and a Master's in Public Health at the University of San Francisco. She is passionate about improving health outcomes among underserved communities, especially the Asian American community. She has been part of a SAMHSA-funded project that targets Asian youth in accessing mental health services and addressing mental health stigma in the Asian American community.
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Marley Williams
Public Health Alliance

Marley Williams serves as the Health Equity & Justice Manager for the Public Health Alliance, where she works on advancing health equity and racial justice across Southern California through stakeholder development, engagement and training. Prior to joining the Alliance, Marley helped launch the region’s first Office of Equity housed in the City of Long Beach’s Department of Health and Human Services. Marley has dedicated her career to looking at ways that policy formation and implementation can truly achieve equity for all. Marley holds a dual master’s degree in Public Affairs and Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

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