Category: Featured Scholar

Dr. Jen'nea Sumo is assistant professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing at Rush University's College of Nursing.

Jen’nea Sumo, PhD

I’ve always been a person of purpose, with a desire to see others reach their full potential. If I see an issue, I ask, ‘How can we advocate for that population?'

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Maria Ramos-Olazagasti is a senior research scientist at Child Trends’ Hispanic Institute and Reproductive Health and Family Formation area.

Maria Ramos-Olazagasti, PhD

"There is substantial evidence showing that forced parental separations and detention can have serious, lasting effects on children and families. We can’t ignore this evidence."

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Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH

“I want to live in a world where, if you’re on one side of the city, country, or globe, you don’t see these stark health differences for children.”

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Leah Robinson, PhD, is a professor of Movement Science at the University of Michigan.

Leah Robinson, PhD

“I want to use my research to inform educational and health policies that could affect the health and well-being of children across the U.S. and across their lifespan.”

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Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm, PhD

“My heritage motivates me to want to help people in whatever way I can.”

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Caryn Bell, PhD

“I want what I do to inform social justice efforts to address those social and cultural issues that lead to disparate outcomes.”

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Kimani Paul-Emile, JD, PhD

"As a social epidemiologist who examines the links between structural racism and racial health inequalities, I am particularly concerned about the lives (often truncated) and deaths (too often, violent) of Black women and men."

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Kelsie Okamura, PhD

“I noticed early on in my childhood that there was a disparity between some of the kids I grew up with because of the supports that were afforded to me versus some of the other families that were struggling.”

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Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, PhD

"I am a survivor of violence and sexual assault, so that deeply motivates me to continue my work."

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Bethany M. (bee) Coston, PhD

"I am a survivor of violence and sexual assault, so that deeply motivates me to continue my work."

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