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Kerry Brennan graduated from Salisbury University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish. As part of her Spanish degree, she spent a semester abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador where she lived with a host family and studied Spanish and environmental issues of the Andes. After graduation, Kerry interned at MCN’s Maryland office and in October of 2013, officially joined the team as an Environmental and Occupational Health Program Associate.
In addition to spending five months in Ecuador, Kerry has traveled to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru. Outside of her work at MCN, Kerry teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at a dance studio in Salisbury, MD.
Dr. Moore is a graduate of the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Medicine. He has a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Moore completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California in 1995. His clinical interests include: Pediatrics (including immunizations, childhood obesity and oral health), Women’s Health, Diabetes, and Public Health (including Tuberculosis). His administrative interests center on quality improvement, education of students in the health professions, and use of information technology in health care. Dr. Moore served as Medical Director of Clinic Ole for 14 years. He is now Chief Medical Officer at Partnership HealthPlan but continues to see patients at the Clinic on a limited basis.
Emma Zavala-Suarez, JD is an attorney currently working as a consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she supports the contracts team in their global health and financial services for the poor work. She is also the chair of the Board of a nonprofit called Community to Community (C2C), a women-led influential grass-roots organization that raises funds and awareness for farm worker women and their families and the immigrant community in Whatcom County. C2C seeks to empower under-represented peoples to have an equal voice in decision-making processes. Emma is also a long-time member and current chair of the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project (LRFWJP), a subcommittee of LAW Fund, the preeminent Washington legal aid foundation. LRFWJP raises funds to financially support law students to engage in legal advocacy work on behalf of farm workers throughout the state of Washington. Emma was recently appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy where she serves as a public member, giving a voice to the public health interests of the under-served residents of Washington. Emma has completed her premed requirements for medical school and plans to apply for fall 2013 entrance. Emma was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child. She has seven brothers and sisters, and her parents still work in the fields and are seen at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in the Bellingham area.
Dr. Lorena M. Estrada-Martínez earned her doctorate in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan, where she also holds a Master of Public Health. She joined the George Warren Brown School of Social Work in August 2011 as an assistant professor of public health.
Before coming to Brown, Dr. Estrada-Martínez was the Paul B. Cornely Post-doctoral Research Scholar at University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Ethnicity Culture and Health. During her fellowship, she conducted research on the social determinants of health and Latino health disparities. During this time she was also a research assistant with the University of Michigan’s Prevention Research Center. In this role she analyzed data from the Flint Adolescent Study, looking at violent and non-violent delinquency among African American youths transitioning into adulthood. In addition, she was a Fellow in the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Summer Fellowship Program in Applied Multi-Ethnic Research at ICPSR, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Other research interests included the health and well-being of Latinos and Afro-Caribbean populations and how the variations in immigration processes across them impact mental health and behavioral outcomes.
Over the course of her professional career, she has taught courses on research methodology, theories of health promotion, youth violence and injury prevention, Latino and immigrant health, racial and ethnic health disparities, women’s health, and adolescent health behaviors. Most recently, Dr. Estrada-Martínez was elected as a permanent member of the Brown School of Social Work’s newly formed Diversity Committee. She also serves as a co-chair on the executive board of Washington University’s Latino Link, founder and coordinator of St. Louis Latino Studies Workgroup, and a member of Violence Prevention Specialization Subcommittee, Children, Youth, and Families Committee and the Law, Culture, and Identity Initiative Advisory Board.
Dr. Estrada-Martínez is interested in understanding and reducing health disparities, particularly related to the mental health and risk behavioral outcomes of Latino and immigrant youth in the US. She takes a transdisciplinary approach that encompasses public health, sociology, psychology, anthropology, education, public policy, demography, law, and medicine. Her current projects examine neighborhood and family environments’ as contexts for risk and protection, and intra- and inter-ethnic disparities in youth violence, risky sexual behaviors, academic achievement, and substance abuse.
Ricardo Garay began working for the Migrant Clinicians Network in February of 2009. He is currently responsible for the management of Health Network. Health Network is designed to provide patient navigation to mobile patients inside the U.S and around the world. Up to this point, the program has worked with patients from over 70 countries. Once a patient is enrolled, Health Network will manage continuity of care for a range of chronic health conditions.
Ricardo was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His mother managed a pharmacy called FarMax and his dad worked for a pharmaceutical company; Growing up in Honduras enabled Ricardo to be exposed to a wide range of circumstances relating to inequality and access to health care. This environment also provided him with the foundation for his interest in public health and other social justice issues. This backdrop still continues to play an active role when it relates to his job at the Migrant Clinicians Network.
His previous experience includes working at FarMax, managing a call center at Admissions Office at Abilene Christian University, and managing Educational accounts for Apple Inc. As Health Network manager Ricardo has presented at all annual Migrant Stream Forums, provided Promotora training for the Livestrong Foundation, and facilitated international agreements of cooperation with various countries in Latin America among many others. His goal remains to grow the program and serve as bridge for the migrant patients around the world.
Ricardo also serves as a board member for Cooperation Texas, an Austin based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives and volunteers at a number of other organizations in Austin. As Austin grows, so does his interest in social disparities and other determinants. “My job at MCN has provided me with a beautiful and unique opportunity to address equality through healthcare justice. Working with patients from around the world has enabled me to see a world that is not only diverse but also multi-dimensional and incredibly dynamic”. Outside of work, Ricardo enjoys cycling and kayaking. His other interests include: live music, Latin American literature and indie cinema.
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Elyce Harris is the Executive Administrative Associate at MCN. She is a native Texan, hailing from San Antonio, but her family is military so she traveled a lot as a child. After high school Elyce lived in Mexico City for two years working with a church on a variety of issues including advocating for indigenous population rights, leading eco-tours, and teaching English. When she returned from Mexico she went to community college and received her Associate of Arts in Business Administration. In 2005, Elyce started at Texas Tech University and graduated in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts in both Global Affairs and Spanish. During her time in college she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain and Lyon, France. In both of these countries she did more advocacy work for victims of human trafficking, refugees, and handicap rights, as well as disaster relief projects. In May of 2010 she moved to Austin, Texas to work for the Refugee Services of Texas, where she worked as a case manager for refugees and victims of human trafficking. In this capacity she provided direct care services to these groups and worked with lawyers, doctors, Medicaid/Medicare, grants, and many more programs and organizations on a daily basis.