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Deyanira Nevarez Martinez's picture

Deyanira Nevarez Martinez has a Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a faculty member in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University.

Her research focuses on the role of the state in informal and precarious housing, such as the colonias of the US-Mexico border. A major theme in her work is the criminalization of poverty. Additionally, her work has looked at issues of gentrification, racial equity in land use and transportation, racial segregation, and bail reform.

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Paul Monaghan, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Florida in the department of Agricultural Education and Communication. He also has an appointment in the Center for Land Use Efficiency (CLUE) and is a founding faculty member of the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. He specializes in community-based social marketing and utilizes the methodology to develop research and extension programs focused on behavior and social change. Paul has a doctorate in Anthropology and a Master’s in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Florida and both based on research conducted in Haiti. He has conducted extensive research with farmworkers in Florida, including vegetable and citrus harvesters and nursery workers. He has also done participatory research with urban populations, examining food access and energy conservation among underserved and historically marginalized communities.

Vanessa Casanova's picture

Vanessa Casanova, PhD, MS is Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT). Dr. Casanova teaches rural population health and environmental health in the School of Community and Rural Health. She is the director of the NIOSH-funded Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education (SW Ag Center) where she previously served as the Applied Research Manager. Her research is focused on the health and safety outcomes of forestry/logging workers, both settled-out and migratory. The SW Ag Center has an established record of conducting comprehensive research that addresses the needs of workers in agriculture, commercial fishing, and forestry across Public Health Region 6. Dr. Casanova also serves as research mentor to junior faculty, residents, and students new to the field of agricultural occupational safety and health.

Kimberly Prado's picture

Kimberly Prado, PhD, MPH is a T32 NIH NHLBI Postdoc at the University of Texas in Austin. She has a doctoral degree in Epidemiology and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Prado’s professional career has included community health work, research, interventions, and evaluation. Her work focuses on the health and safety of agricultural workers where they work, live, and learn.

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George F.

George F. Davis, MD, is a physician and ethicist. He graduated from Harvard College and then Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Pediatric residency followed, but he switched to general family medicine. He has practiced in New York State for the last 37 years, associated with Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. During that time, he worked with the local migrant health program, associated with the Peekskill, NY Community Health Center. Along the way, life experiences led him to develop specialties in Palliative Care and medical clinical ethics. He started his ethics training in 1994 at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, D.C. He went on to get a Master’s degree in bioethics in 2004 from Union University in Schenectady, New York in association with Albany Medical Center in Albany, New. York. He has extensive experience in clinical ethics consultations. From 2001 to 2007, he consulted with Doctors of the World in New York City to do medical examinations on refugees from around the world seeking asylum in the United States. During those same years, he was on the Board of Directors at Migrant Clinicians Network and served as chair of the board in 2006 and 2007. Since moving to Venice, Florida in 2017, he started Advanced Illness Crisis Guidance, PLLC, a consulting enterprise to guide families and medical care teams out of crisis due to complex and conflicted communications and decision-making. More at

Chela Vázquez PhD's picture

Chela Vázquez works for the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Chela is the Coordinator and Trainer, Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety Project, UMASH – Schools of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Chela trains Spanish-speaking immigrant workers on dairy farms using a bilingual health and safety training curriculum, Seguridad en Las Lecherías: Health and Safety of Immigrant Dairy Workers, which was developed in Wisconsin and currently it is being implemented in Minnesota. The trainings address health and safety issues on dairy farms, and focus on improving the occupational health and safety of immigrant dairy workers. Prior to taking her role at UMASH, Chela worked with farm workers and rural communities at Centro Campesino in Owatonna, MN, and with Pesticide Action Network in California and Southeast Asia.

Caitlin A. Fish J.D.'s picture
Caitlin A.

Caitlin A. Fish is a Staff Attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.’s Laredo Office, where she practices primarily immigration and family law. As a member of the Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA) team at TRLA, Caitlin also handles a variety of civil legal cases for survivors of sexual assault, including employment and education cases. She also engages in community outreach through educational presentations on a variety of legal issues and participation in various community coalitions. Prior to law school she worked for the Wake Forest School of Medicine as a Data Collector and Clinical Studies Coordinator on a variety of projects studying health disparities in rural and underserved communities. As a law student, she worked for several different organizations advocating for immigrant and farmworker rights, including Farmworker Justice and the University of Wisconsin Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic. Caitlin has presented on a variety of issues at the State Bar of Texas Poverty Law Conference, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Annual Conference, Legal Aid for Survivors of Abuse Annual Conference, and Webb County Domestic Violence Coalition Conference. Caitlin also is the Pro Bono and Community Service Chair for the Laredo-Webb County Bar Association and a member of the board for Casa de Misericordia Domestic Violence Shelter. Caitlin received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School with an Employment and Labor Law Concentration. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Wisconsin.

Rubén Martinez's picture

Rubén O. Martinez is the Director of the nationally renowned Julían Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He is a nationally known scholar with expertise in the areas of higher education, race and ethnic relations, and diversity leadership. His research focuses on leadership and institutional change, education and ethnic minorities, youth development, and environmental justice. He is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with Michigan State University Press. He has co-authored the books A Brief History of Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, MI, Chicanos in Higher Education and Diversity Leadership in Higher Education. He also edited the volume Latinos in the Midwest and co-edited the books Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Latino College Presidents: In their own Words, in which selected Latinos and Latinas share personal insights and experiences on their pathways to their presidencies at colleges and universities in the U.S. He has lectured widely across the country, including presentations at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavior Science at Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Colorado, University of Michigan, and at many professional conferences. He has served for many years on various university faculty senates and academic councils, and has made many far-reaching contributions to our nation’s higher education enterprise through his distinguished professional service as President of the Western Social Science Association, as member of the AASCU and ACE leadership institutes, as a consultant-evaluator with higher education accreditation associations, and as a member of the HACU-ETS Policy Fellowship Program. Rubén Martinez is widely recognized for his extensive scholarly achievements, his consulting work in higher education and community research projects, and his participation in high-profile projects sponsored by key entities such as the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Pfizer Foundation, the Anne E. Casey Foundation, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He is one of our nation’s leading sociologists of higher education, who is not only a prolific, creative, and influential scholar but also a deep and sophisticated thinker on the most vexing issues facing our communities and institutions of higher learning, including the issues of culture, identity, social justice, excellence, accountability, diversity, and leadership.

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Emily Oake is the Director of Special Populations and Populations Health for the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers. Ms. Oake was born and raised in the Phoenix area. She received her BS in Political Science from Arizona State University. She worked in numerous retail management positions in the Phoenix metropolitan area before attending Arizona State University to attain her Master’s of Health Sector Management degree (the equivalent of a Master’s of Healthcare Administration). Following completion of her MHSM, Ms. Oake was hired as an intern for AACHC to assist in coordinating the Voter Engagement Campaign, a NACHC project, for the 2012 elections. Following the completion of this project, she was hired full-time to serve in a newly-designated position that acts as the point of contact for all health centers looking for training and technical assistance for any federally designated special populations. Since then, she has also added managing social determinants of health programs and a rural domestic violence advocacy program in her role at AACHC.

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Maria de Jesus

Maria de Jesus Diaz-Perez is the director of public reporting at the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). Maria has a doctoral degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Social Psychology from the National Autonomous University in Mexico City. Maria´s professional career has included research, program design, management and evaluation with the overall goal of increasing access to equitable and high-quality primary health care for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, particularly immigrants. Maria is a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program.

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