How do you know if an intervention or policy is having its intended effect? Sasha Walek reports from our 2019 Seattle conference.
- Book Review
- Calls for Submissions
- Conference Highlight
- Funding Opportunities
- Member of the Month
- New Publication
- Research Highlight
- Round-Up Summary
Madina Agénor is the Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University. She has been a member of IAPHS since 2018. Learn more about Madina on her website: madinaagenor.com and follow her on Twitter @MadinaAgenor.
Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, where did you go to graduate school, what makes you jump out of bed each morning?
I was born in Martinique to a father from Haiti and mother from Martinique and lived in the U.K. and Haiti until the age of 6. I grew up in the Washington, DC area, where I attended the French International School. I studied community health and gender studies at Brown University, which set me on the path I am on today. After conducting research and policy work on racial/ethnic disparities in child food insecurity as a Hunger Fellow at Boston Medical Center and Food Research and Action Center, I enrolled in the Master of Public Health program in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to further explore my interests in gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and health inequities. At Columbia, I was introduced to the field of LGBTQ health and mixed-methods research and haven’t looked back since! I completed my doctoral degree in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where I studied social epidemiology with a concentration in women, gender, and health and conducted quantitative and qualitative research on sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and cervical cancer screening disparities among U.S. women.
What makes me jump out of bed in the morning is investigating health equity issues that are critically important yet remain understudied. Specifically, I am passionate about elucidating and understanding previously unanalyzed sexual and reproductive health and cancer screening and prevention inequities related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and gender identity using an intersectional lens. My goal is to help inform – and eventually develop, implement, and disseminate – interventions that address the individual-, interpersonal-, institutional-, and policy-level drivers of these inequities in order to help advance health equity and social justice. I especially enjoy working with undergraduate and graduate students in my research and in the classroom as well as engaging with community members – either through partnering with community-based organizations, conducting community-engaged research, or collaborating with community advisory boards to generate meaningful and useful research findings that can guide future action.
Reflections on the 2019 IAPHS Pre-Conference Workshop: Traversing Divides: Interdisciplinary Research in Population Health and Health DisparitiesDonald Chi
Early reflections from a first-time IAPHS conference attendee, Donald L. Chi, DDS, PhD.