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 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.
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.
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.
"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
The site www.socialimpactcovid19.com 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.
CHPHE's Drs Katie Biello and Jaclyn White Hughto weigh in on a new study examining how the pandemic has exacerbated already existing psychosocial and emotional issues that affect LGBTQIA+ individuals specifically.