Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health (ARCH) Search

Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health 

The search committee charge to help identify and recruit top candidates for a faculty member to lead this new center are excited to announce the finalists who will be visiting campus over the next few weeks. Please review the job announcement.

All are welcome to attend the Public Seminars which will be held via Zoom. Recordings of the seminars will be available online. Your feedback will be welcome. Check back to access the recordings, and the feedback links. Please feel free to share your feedback directly with the ARCH Search Committee or through link below. 

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Faculty and students who would like to join a smaller group meeting with the candidate or receive a copy of the candidate’s CV, should contact Holly Bergstrom.

Lisa Cacari Stone

Anti-Racism in Health Research: Centering Black, Indigenous and People of Color Communities

Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD, MA, MS

Monday, March 8

2:45-3:00 pm     Informal introductions
3:00-4:00 pm     Seminar with Q&A 

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Dr. Lisa Cacari Stone has dedicated over 30 years of public health leadership in advancing health and racial equity for diverse communities in New Mexico, nationally and binationally. Her collaborative grants portfolio of $26 million spans across the macro-level determinants of health (e.g., health reform), to the community level (e.g., impact of neighborhood context and migration on substance use), to the interpersonal level (e.g., role of family and provider communication on chronic disease management among Latinos). 

Dr. Cacari Stone is best known for her ability to bring diverse stakeholder perspectives together for strategic planning, engaged policy making, evaluation and research and grants management. Currently, she is the Executive Director and Principal Investigator of a National Research Center of Excellence funded by the National Institutes of Health: Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center (NIMHD Grant # U54 MD004811-09). In this role, she oversees the daily operations and leads the scientific scope of the center which spans 12 academic colleges, departments and institutes and is comprised of over 40 faculty, 20 students and 100 partners statewide. 

A thought leader in health policy and community engagement, Dr. Cacari Stone recently launched an “Equity ‘n Policy Institute,” which is training 14 place-based teams in evidence-informed policy making and the production of Equity Policy Briefs, digital stories and policy dialogues. She has multiple written articles (including in Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Rural Health) and policy reports and delivered speeches nationwide on evidence-based practices, social policy, social determinants of health, racial and health equity and community-based participatory research. 

Due to her scholarship-activism, Dr. Cacari Stone has received several awards, including the 2019 University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for Excellence in Research in Population Science and in 2020 was named a Latin@ Trailblazer. She has been recognized for mentoring numerous underrepresented, first-generation and emerging leaders. She received her doctorate in health and social policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University, was an endowed WK Kellogg Fellow and completed her post-doctoral training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also served as a fellow for the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy with the U.S. Senate Health, Education and Labor Pensions Committee (2006) and was the recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program (2014-16). In March 2021, she will start her executive leadership and management certificate with Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Racial Justice, Its Intersections, and Health Equity

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

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Jesus Ramirez-Valles is a prominent leader, scholar, and filmmaker in public health. He began this work as a community organizer in the US-Mexico border and his entire career has been devoted to addressing issues of health equity in the United States and abroad. His work is rooted in the social and behavioral sciences and in community-engaged research, with the goal of understanding and changing the negative health consequences of structural violence, such as social exclusion, racism, and stigmatization. He has led academic programs in public health and worked on recruitment and retention of scholars of color. Professor Ramirez-Valles is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior. He was born in Mexico and obtained his PhD and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan. Currently, he directs the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University and co-leads the Chicago Center for Health Equity Research at the University of Illinois.

Wendy Barrington

Integrating Critical Race Theory and Public Health Research: An OverARCHing Vision

Wendy Barrington

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Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington with joint appointments within the Departments of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing in the School of Nursing and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health (SPH). She also holds adjunct and interdisciplinary SPH appointments in the Department of Health Services and the Nutritional Sciences Program, respectively. She is an instructor of public health and healthcare practitioners focused on understanding and addressing the social determinants of health and integrates anti-racist strategies in her research, teaching, and practice.

As a health disparities researcher and epidemiologist, Dr. Barrington’s work falls within two main schema: promoting healthy communities and addressing racial disparities in clinical outcomes. She applies community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to: foster authentic community partnerships, collaborate with community health workers, and transform health systems via optimizing policy, practices, and processes to address racial and ethnic disparities in cancer prevention and control.

Dr. Barrington is an emerging national public health leader through her work as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) and national evaluation team for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). She is active in cross-institutional collaborations as part of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN), and as board member of the Intercultural Cancer Council. Finally, Dr. Barrington partners closely with local communities to co-design solutions to cancer disparities and has been recognized for this work by the Seattle Section of the National Council for Negro Women.

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Racial Justice in Health: From Research to Re-imagining the Future

Katy Backes Kozhimannil

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Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA is a Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She is Director of the University's Rural Health Research Center and Rural Health Program.

Dr. Kozhimannil conducts research to inform the development, implementation and evaluation of health policy that impacts health care delivery, quality and outcomes during critical times in the life course, including pregnancy and childbirth. The goal of her scholarly work is to contribute to the evidence base for clinical and policy strategies to advance racial, gender and geographic equity and to collaborate with stakeholders in making policy change to address social determinants and structural injustice in order to facilitate improved health and well-being.

Dr. Kozhimannil’s research, published in major journals such as Science, the New England Journal of MedicineJAMAHealth AffairsAmerican Journal of Public Health and Medical Care has been widely cited. Media coverage of her research, including feature stories by the New York TimesWashington Post, National Public Radio, Wall Street JournalU.S. News & World Report and the Huffington Post has generated dialogue, interest and policy action at local, state and national levels. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Kozhimannil teaches courses that build skills for effective engagement in the policy process and works extensively with community organizations and state and federal policy makers on efforts to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities, starting at birth.