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Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research Program

Rio de Janeiro housing disparities

Are you interested in advancing your career in health disparities research globally? If so, apply to be a GATHER Trainee.

As a Trainee with the Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity Research (GATHER) at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), you will be supported while conducting health equity research in the United States and around the world.

Trainees will partner with mentors (DSPH faculty and GATHER advisory committee members), receive intensive skills-based research training, and have an opportunity to travel to one of four research sites in Brazil, Kenya, Mexico and Burkina Faso.

Becoming a GATHER Trainee offers doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars a chance to advance their careers and develop expertise in global health equity issues, while joining the DSPH's extensive international network of public health scholars across Latin America and Africa. 

GATHER Trainees will receive:

  • Coverage of travel, housing and living expenses while at a global research site
  • A stipend and mentorship throughout the 6-9 month program

GATHER is a NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program (T37).

Download the GATHER Information Packet

Our application cycle for the 2019-2020 GATHER program is now closed. We will reopen the application in February 2020 to recruit trainees for our 2020-2021 cohort.

2019-2020 GATHER Trainees

Marina Armendariz

Marina Armendariz, MS, PhD Candidate

Doctoral Trainee
Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

Marina Armendariz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at The Pennsylvania State University.

Her research interests broadly encompass understanding social determinants of health disparities, particularly those experienced by Latinos.

Her current interests are to understand the complex pathways in which place-based characteristics and sociocultural factors influence cardiometabolic health outcomes in Latinos.

Diana A. Burnett, PhD, MPH

Post-Doctoral Trainee
Howard University School of Divinity
National Museum of African American History and Culture

Diana A. Burnett is a researcher who has focused on cultural, psychosocial, environmental, and spiritual influences on health behavior(s) specifically those related to increased risk for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) domestically and globally. Through postdoctoral training experiences, she is actively seeking to investigate the relationship between chronic physical NCDs and mental health conditions with attention to violence and trauma.

As a GATHER trainee, Diana aims to pursue a goal of expanding her portfolio, research network, and a publication record in urban global health equity research that will contribute to the fortification of knowledge that evidentially supports the relationship between health behavior, the environment, and chronic disease with an emphasis on the social determinants of health.

Regina Y. Fuller

Regina Y. Fuller, MA, PhD Candidate

Doctoral Trainee
Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Regina Fuller is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her dissertation investigates how in-school youth learn about sexuality, love, and relationships in sexuality education classes in Ghana.

She is currently conducting her dissertation research in Accra and Tamale Ghana.

Rosie Mae Henson

Rosie Mae Henson, MPH, PhD Candidate

Doctoral Trainee
Health Services Research and Policy, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

Rosie Mae Henson is a doctoral candidate in the department of Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Their work focuses on policymaking, policy evaluation, and policy advocacy from a health equity perspective. Topic areas of their research include substance use, urban redevelopment, transgender & gender minority rights, and multi-level factors influencing the adoption and implementation of health equity policy.

Elizabeth Morgan

Elizabeth H. Morgan, MEd, PhD Candidate

Doctoral Trainee
Human Development, University of California, Davis

Elizabeth Morgan is a doctoral student in Human Development at UC Davis. She also serves as a program coordinator for the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, CA.

Her area of focus includes Early Childhood and Early Intervention Services with a specific interest in underrepresented populations. An educator by training, she holds a Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and has supported Early Childhood practitioners in utilizing developmentally appropriate practice and inclusion strategies since 2004.

Yan Wang

Yan Wang, PhD

Post-Doctoral Trainee
University of California, Los Angeles

Yan Wang received her PhD in Biostatistics in the summer of 2019. Her research background includes data harmonization, HIV adherence, and Pediatric oral health.

She has led a team to conduct the 2018-2019 oral health assessment among kindergarteners and the third-grade children in Los Angeles County.

For more information

Vaishnavi Vaidya, MPH
Program Coordinator
Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University
vgv24@drexel.edu