My research interests are population health, child health disparities and constructing comprehensive community networks of support to boost child health outcomes. The goal of my research lab is to decrease disparities in pediatric health outcomes. Our focus is to enhance these outcomes at the population level by concentrating on race and household income disparities.
I was drawn to this type of research by a deep awareness of the historical disadvantages my own family faced and the significant privilege and luck I currently experience.
Our team achieved a significant, sustained reduction in admissions from several low-income minority neighborhoods. In other work, we achieved an unprecedented reduction in extreme preterm births.
I have achieved several different recognitions throughout my career, including:
- Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency Bridge Builder Award (2016)
- Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Epidemiology and Council on Community Pediatrics (2014)
- Outstanding Medical-Legal Partnership Award from the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership to Child Health Law Partnership (2016)
- Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Community Award in which I was a finalist and lead applicant for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and United Way of Greater Cincinnati (2018)
I have more than 20 years’ experience in the field of community and population health and started working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999. My research and findings have been published in multiple journals, including Annals of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Evolutionary Anthropology, Hospital Pediatrics, Annals of the American Thoracic Society and Journal of Community Health.