Q & A with new faculty member Dr. Shira Dunsiger

Shira I. Dunsiger, PhD, joined the Center for Health Equity Research on October 1, having previously served as a research scientist/statistician at The Miriam Hospital. Already a familiar face from her collaboration on projects with Brown Medical School and Brown School of Public Health, she is a welcome addition to the Center. Here she shares some background on her public health interests and current work.

Rhode Island's first LGBT-centered health clinic to open soon

From Providence Monthly, November 1, 2019

“Rhode Island is one of 13 states in the union that doesn’t have an LGBT health clinic that focuses on serving the LGBT population as a core function of its mission,” says Executive Director Dr. Amy Nunn. The medical director of the clinic, Dr. Philip Chan, echoes her remarks, saying that many times LGBT Rhode Islanders would go to Boston to receive care. Now, they can get the care they need in their home state.

Working with houses of worship to reduce social suffering of HIV in the South

[From Opinion, The New York Times, Nov. 21, 2019]

The Center for Health Equity Research's Dr. Amy Nunn is among those working with faith communities in the South to reduce the stigma of H.I.V., with an eye to the social and structural factors that drive the epidemic.

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Seed award will fund research exploring association of greenspace with mental and physical health among pregnant women

By examining the relative contributions of varying measures of green space exposure hypothesized to be associated with mental and physical health during pregnancy, investigators hope to develop the types of assessments that capture the relevant environmental features that will permit a better understanding of the mechanisms that underpin associations between greenspace exposure and birth outcomes.

Rhode Island's first LGBT-centered health clinic opens in Providence

From Providence Journal, March 4, 2020

"When (Medical Director) Dr. (Philip) Chan and I conceived of this clinic, we wanted to create a safe space for all Rhode Islanders irrespective of their gender, their gender expression, their sexual identity or their orientation." --Dr. Amy Nunn, executive director, Open Door Health

Website highlights the socio-cultural, economic and health impact of COVID-19

The site was created by CHPHE's Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a social epidemiologist at the Brown University School of Public Health. It brings together perspectives from colleagues from sociology - Antwan Jones (George Washington University), health geography - Imelda Moise (University of Miami) and family studies and early childhood education - Sarai Coba-Rodriguez (University of Illinois-Chicago) to examine the social impact of COVID-19.

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Toussaint: Racial, geographic inequities contribute to "climate gap"

CHPHE'S Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology, discussed the intersection of racial and geographic inequities with marginalized populations' exposure to the effects of climate change, pollution, and their associated health effects, in a recent Healthline article. For the full article, go to

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Nunn, Dunsiger recognized for excellence

CHPHE's Drs Amy Nunn and Shira Dunsiger have each been awarded a Brown University School of Public Health 2021 Dean's Award for Excellence: Dr. Nunn for her achievements in community engagement; and Dr. Dunsiger for her accomplishments in teaching. For more about their work, and to learn about other awardees, see

Nunn collaborates with Black pastors to change assumptions, spread information on access to medical care

Combining research and ground work, CHPHE's Dr. Amy Nunn collaborates with Black pastors to reduce HIV infections and address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.