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Asian American Hepatitis B Program / B Free NYC (2004-2008)

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Acting Director

Henry Pollack, MD
Research Principal Investigator

Project AsPIRE (2005-2013)

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Co-Investigator

Nadia Islam, PhD
Co-Investigator

Laura Wyatt, MPH
Research Data Associate

B Free CEED (2007-2012)

Henry Pollack, MD
Scientific Principal Investigator

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH 
Co-Principal Investigator

Simona C. Kwon, DrPH, MPH 
Director

Nadia Islam, PhD
Co-Investigator

Catlin Rideout, MPH
Program Manager/Program Officer

Laura Wyatt, MPH
Research Data Associate

Community Partners
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

Community Outreach and Cooridination

Catlin Rideout, MPH
Program Manager/Program Officer
Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment

Yousra Yusuf, MPH
Project Coordinator
Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment

Charity Hung
Project Coordinator
Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment

DREAM/OASIS (2007-2017)

Nadia Islam, PhD
Director and Principal Investigator

Lindsey Riley, MPH
Project Coordinator

Gulnahar Alam
Community Health Worker

Mamnunul Haq
Community Health Worker

MD Taher
Community Health Worker

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Co-Investigator

Health Disparities Research Training Program

Catlin Rideout, MPH
Director

Smiti Nadkarni, MPH
Coordiantor

NYU Prevention Research Center (2009-2014)

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Principal Investigator

Nadia  Islam, PhD
Research Director and Research Core Principal Investigator

Smiti Nadkarni, MPH
Project Coordinator

Jennifer Zanowiak, MA
Research Coordinator

Shilpa Patel, MPH
Project Coordinator, MARHABA Project

Laura Wyatt, MPH
Research Data Associate

Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE) Project (2013-2014)

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Co-Principal Investigator

Simona  Kwon, DrPH, MPH
Co-Director

Nadia  Islam, PhD
Co-Investigator

Catlin Rideout, MPH
Program Manager/Program Officer

Shilpa Patel, MPH
Evaluation Coordinator/Program Officer

Smiti Nadkarni, MPH
Project Coordinator

Laura Wyatt, MPH
Research Data Associate

Co-Investiagors
Kathy Ko Chin, MS
Principal Investigator
Asian Pacific Islander American  Health Forum (APIAHF)

Ed Tepporn
Director
Asian Pacific Islander American  Health Forum (APIAHF)

Pedro Arista, MPH
Program Manager/Program Officer
Asian Pacific Islander American  Health Forum (APIAHF)

Vietnamese Community Health Initiative (2005-2009)

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH
Coordinator

Biographical Sketches

  Gulnahar Alam is a Community Health Worker ( CHW ) for the DREAM Project. She works to educate Bangladeshi community members about diabetes and also helps them access to health care and other resources. She is also the founder of Andolan - ( Organizing South Asian Workers ) a not-for-profit, membership-based group that organizes and advocates on behalf of low-wage, immigrant South Asian workers in New York. Nahar Alam has been an organizer in the United States and Bangladesh for almost 20 years. Nahar works towards a vision in which all workers are treated with respect and their rights are enforced. She has been organizing South Asian immigrant workers in New York City since 1993 through several grassroots Asian-Pacific Islander community organizations.
 
  Mamnunul (Mamnun) Haq is a Community Health Worker (CHW) for the Diabetes, Research, Education, & Action for Minorities (DREAM) Project of NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health. He is also a certified IPA/Navigator by the New York State of Health Benefit Exchange. He has received extensive research and clinical training from NYU School of Medicine related to diabetes complications to carry out research and health promotion intervention activities with study participants. 
 
Mr. Haq is also a co-founder of the largest taxi drivers union, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA). He has worked on the development of NYTWA from its inception to organize over 17,000 members through community outreach, media campaigns, political/legal advocacy and continues to serve as a member of the organizing committee. He has a long history as a community organizer, leader, and has an active involvement within major community-based organizations in the Bangladeshi community in NYC. His strong relationship with Bangladeshi community leaders, religious organizations, business associations, ethnic media, community-based clinics and doctors, and other key Bangladeshi community resources have enabled him to develop positive working relationships and numerous linkages for the DREAM Project and NYU CSAAH. 
 
Mr. Haq is also serving as a member of the Brooklyn Community Board 12 appointed by Marty Markowitz, former Borough President of Brooklyn. Mr. Haq is the vice president of the executive committee of the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL). He has served as a budget delegate of participatory budgeting in New York City from 2011-2012 and served as a district committee member and since 2012 cycle, he has served as a steering committee member of the city wide the participatory budgeting (PBNYC) representing New York City Council District 39. Mr. Haq received numerous recognitions from NYC elected officials and community organizations for community services. He earned a BA degree in Liberal Arts from Chittagong University, Bangladesh.
 
Nadia Islam, PhD   Nadia Islam, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. She serves as the Deputy Director of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health and Director of the NYU Prevention Research Center. Dr. Islam specializes in community based participatory methods and health disparities research within Asian American and immigrant communities, and has expertise in qualitative methods, community-based models of cardiovascular disease and diabetes prevention and management, cancer control research, and access to healthcare issues. Dr. Islam is Principal Investigator of the NIH and CDC-funded DREAM Project (Diabetes Research, Education, and Action), a community health worker program designed to improve diabetes control and diabetes-related health complications in the Bangladeshi community in New York City and the CDC-funded RICE Project (Reaching Immigrant through Community Empowerment), a community health worker intervention designed to promote diabetes prevention in the Korean and South Asian community. Dr. Islam is also Principal Investigator of the MARHABA study (Muslim Americans Reaching for Health and Building Alliances), a CDC-funded study that examines barriers and facilitators to breast and cervical cancer screening among Muslim women in New York City. Dr. Islam is also a co-investigator of the B-Free CEED: the B Free National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities and the Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE) project, both funded by the CDC as part of its Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) efforts. Dr. Islam completed her doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.
 
  Smiti Nadkarni, MPH is the Project Coordinator for the NYU Prevention Research Center (PRC). She coordinates activities across the PRC Cores, develops health promotion and training programs, and facilitates communication and dissemination activities. Ms. Nadkarni has extensive experience bringing NYC community-based organizations together around health issues, planning conferences and educational workshops, and working in South Asian populations. Most recently, Ms. Nadkarni assisted with the development of a CHW program at an NYC public housing development. Ms. Nadkarni received a BA in Communication Studies and Psychology from New York University and an MPH from the Sociomedical Sciences Department at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, with a specialization in Urbanism & the Built Environment. Ms. Nadkarni was the recipient of the Peter Jay Sharp Scholarship at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Clark Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship. She is also a graduate of the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service (FELPS) program, which recognizes commitment to public service and provides professional development and networking opportunities.
 
 
Simona C. Kwon, DrPH, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and holds a joint faculty appointment in the NYU Global Institute of Public Health.
 
Dr. Kwon is a social epidemiologist whose experience spans, among other things, community-based participatory research, mixed methods approaches, the implementation of evidence-based strategies, and working in multidisciplinary teams to address community-level health disparities.
 
Her research examines the social and cultural contextual factors that influence health and health outcomes among racial and ethnic communities with a particular focus on Asian Americans. Using a social determinants of health framework, Dr. Kwon engages in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based strategies in community settings with a focus on assessing cultural relevancy and impact, and identifying innovative channels to disseminate and translate findings and outcomes for priority end-users.  She works collaboratively and in partnership with multi-sector coalitions made up of local and national community-based organizations, governmental agencies, service delivery organizations and multi-disciplinary researchers to address community-level health disparities.
 
Dr. Kwon directs the NIH National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, serves as an associate investigator for the NYU Health Promotion and Prevention Research Center, and co-directs the CDC-funded STRIVE Project with the aim to work with Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-serving community-based organizations across the US to implement and disseminate sustainable policy, systems, and environmental-level strategies to address chronic disease health disparities. She was awarded her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Yale University, her doctorate in the Division of Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and served as a W.K. Kellogg Community Scholars Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Behavior & Society. 
 
  Shilpa Patel, MPH is the Project Coordinator for the Muslim Americans Reaching for Health and Building Alliances (MARHABA) project, a two-year research study designed to understand beliefs and practices regarding breast and cervical cancer screening among Muslim women in New York City. She is also the Evaluation Coordinator and a Program Officer for the Strategies to Research and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE) Project, which aims to increase the ability of AA and NHPI community-based organizations and coalitions to implement high-impact, population-wide, evidence- and practice-based strategies to reduce health disparities in AA and NHPI populations. Ms. Patel received her BS from Rutgers University with a double major in Public Health and Psychology, and earned her MPH from Columbia University, with a concentration in Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. Ms. Patel has a great deal of experience in conducting community based research projects in New York City, especially around increasing access and utilization of cancer related services among vulnerable populations. She is currently a doctoral student at NYU in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and her dissertation will focus on breast and cervical cancer screening in racial and ethnic minority groups. 
 
Henry Pollack   Henry Pollack, MD serves as the Project Director and Principal Investigator of the Hepatitis B and Hepaticellular Carcinoma project. Dr. Pollack is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at NYUSoM and the Director of the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Pollack is also Director of the NYC Pediatric Viral Hepatitis Network funded by the Speakers Fund of the City Council which coordinates the care of children with chronic HBV and HCV infection among almost 20 hospitals and community health care facilities in NYC. He is the founder and Director of the Pediatric Viral Hepatitis Clinic at Bellevue Hospital, NYU Downtown Hospital, Charles B. Wang Chinatown Health Clinic and Gouverneur Hospital. Dr. Pollack serves as a mentor to the outreach and training cores.
 
  Catlin Rideout, MPH, is the Program Manager for the Center for the Study of Asian American Health and for the Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core of the NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).  Catlin is responsible for developing, delivering, and overseeing the provision of training and technical assistance programs for community partners and investigators.  Catlin is also responsible for monitoring the progress, outcomes and needs for the CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Project STRIVE grantees, and previously the Legacy pilot grantees of the B Free CEED: National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities.  Catlin also helps oversee the development, implementation, and dissemination of research-related program components for CSAAH, such as the Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment project, a large-scale health needs assessment survey in diverse, low-income Asian American communities in NYC. Catlin has extensive experience building partnerships and conducting qualitative and quantitative community-based research with underserved populations in New York City.  She earned her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where her research focused on HIV/AIDS and its intersection with stigma and discrimination and the health and human rights of marginalized communities.
 
Lindsey Riley  
Lindsey Riley, MPH is the Project Coordinator for the DREAM project. In this role, she oversees the general activities of the project, including the coordination of project coalition activities, assisting in the recruitment and retention of participants, as well as ensuring that research protocols are implemented within a community-based participatory approach. Ms. Riley has a diverse research background, and has previously coordinated clinical trials in the areas of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and immunosuppression, as well as provided technical assistance for a community-based participatory research project related to obesity and nutrition. Ms. Riley earned a BA in Psychology from Washington College (MD), and an MPH from New York University, with a specialization in Community Public Health.
 
  MD Taher is a Community Health Worker (CHW) for the DREAM Project of NYU School of Medicine. He is also a certified IPA/Navigator by the NY State of Health. He is fluent in Bengali and is well connected to the Bangladeshi community in New York City. He has received trainings related to diabetes and has necessary skills to carry out the intervention activities with study participants, (i.e. history of community health workers and their role in the health care team; effective communication skills; popular education; ethical issues in research; immigrant access to health services in NYC; trainings on the complications of diabetes; effective outreach strategies). He recruits participants for intervention by using effective outreach strategies, interfaces between community members and the healthcare system, advocates for community members to better access the healthcare system, and conducts culturally appropriate health education workshops on diabetes and intervention. He is passionate about advocating for members of the Bangladeshi community and working to reduce the burden of diabetes through education and empowerment. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Hunter College of CUNY, and is currently enrolled as a Master of Public Health (MPH) student at New York University in Community and International Health concentration (expected year of graduation-2014). 
 
 
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health and the Department of Medicine at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.  Within the Department of Population Health, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin serves as Director of Large Research Initiatives and heads the Section for Health Equity. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin also directs the Office of Community Engagement for the NYU-Health and Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute, developing community-engaged research and research training initiatives.
 
Currently, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is Principal Investigator of a NIH National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities P60 Center of Excellence grant that supports the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) and co-investigator on several NIH and CDC-funded grants that aims to understand and reduce health disparities in Asian American and other underserved communities. CSAAH has grown extensively to house a CDC-funded Health Promotion and Prevention Research Center, a REACH Center of Excellence to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparities, and, in collaboration with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, the national STRIVE (Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity) Project. In 2009, CSAAH was the first academic recipient to receive the prestigious Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s Leadership Award for its contributions in addressing health disparities.
 
Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is a social epidemiologist with a doctorate in public health from Columbia University and a master in health policy and management at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin currently serves on the board of director for the Chinatown YMCA of New York City and on the New York State’s Medicaid Redesign Team Health Disparities Workgroup. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin previously served four years on the board of directors for the Public Health Association of New York City. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is co-editor of two textbooks Asian American Communities and Health (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2009) and Empowerment and Recovery: Confronting Addiction during Pregnancy with Peer Counseling (Praeger Press, 1998).
 
Laura Wyatt   Laura Wyatt, MPH is the Research Data Manger for the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH). She manages and oversees the current and past data sources across CSAAH, which include Project AsPIRE (Asian American Partnership in Research and Empowerment), the B Free CEED: National Center for Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities, DREAM Project (Diabetes Research, Education and Action), the NYU Prevention Research Center (PRC), and STRIVE (Strategies to Research and Implement the Vision of Health Equity). In addition, Laura performs analyses and assists with the dissemination of study findings across the projects and provides epidemiological and biostatistical support for grant development activities within the center. She is experienced with the statistical programs SAS, SPSS, and SUDAAN, and has been a part of numerous publications with the center.Laura received her MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and a degree certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
 
   
Yousra Yusuf, MPH is a Project Coordinator at NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health. Currently, she is working on the Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment project, a large scale health needs assessment project in diverse, low-income Asian American communities in the metro New York area. In this role, she oversees general responsibilities related to the project including coordinating partnership building with community based organizations, organizing events in the communities, administering surveys and managing data while following the community based participatory research principle. 
 
Ms. Yusuf completed her Masters in Public Health at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology and a research focus in maternal health. She earned her BS in Biochemistry and Women's and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University. Ms. Yusuf has an extensive background in public health research and teaching in the fields of community health research, health disparities, and health advocacy. Her research interests are in immigrant health, health disparities, and maternal health in a community-based research setting.
 
Ms. Yusuf is also involved in various capacities in different community-based non-profit organizations serving the Asian community in New York and globally. When not working, she can be found perusing books or sampling different cuisines around the city.
   
Jennifer Zanowiak   Jennifer Zanowiak, MA is the Research Coordinator for the RICE Project. She oversees the activities of the project, including coordinating the activities of the community partners, assisting in the recruitment of participants and in the development of training for CHWs, and conducting an on-going needs assessment. She works closely with academic and community partners to ensure that a community-based participatory approach occurs through all phases of the project. Ms. Zanowiak has extensive experience with grants management, program development, and interventions involving CBPR approaches among immigrant populations. Ms. Zanowiak received a BA in Metropolitan Studies and Psychology from New York University, and an MA in International Affairs from The New School. While completing her graduate studies, she worked as a consultant on projects in New York City and Mumbai in the areas of public health, HIV/AIDs, and gender equality. She also has experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator for pharmaceutical clinical trials for multiple sclerosis.