Category: Sheps Center

Tainayah Thomas, MPH

Tainayah Thomas, MPH, is a 4th year doctoral student at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health in the department of Health Behavior. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and International Studies from the University of Miami and her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding… Read more »

Deshira Wallace, MSPH

Deshira Wallace is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior in UNC’s Gilling School of Global Public Health. Her dissertation research focuses on assessing the effects of stress on diabetes-related behaviors in a heterogeneous Latino population. More broadly, she has conducted research in the Dominican Republic aimed at exploring the how… Read more »

Trenita Childers, PhD

Research Interests My research interests explore the connection between inequality, mental health, and public policy. I began this agenda by examining racial/ethnic differences in mental health service use.  My dissertation research continued this research trajectory. I completed an ethnographic study on depression and anxiety symptoms among Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic. Specifically, I… Read more »

Esita Patel, BSN, RN

Esita Patel is a 3rd year health care systems-track doctoral student in UNC’s School of Nursing through the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. Her research interests include healthcare workforce policy and access to high-quality and cost-effective care. For her dissertation work, she plans to examine how state-level nurse practitioner scope of practice policy changes… Read more »

Maureen Swick, RN, MSN, PhD, NEA-BC

Maureen Swick, RN, MSN, PhD, NEA-BC has more than 30 years’ experience in health care including six years as the senior vice president and chief nurse executive for Inova, a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year. Throughout her career, she has held a variety… Read more »

Change in Opioid Use and Overdose After a Medicaid Lock-in Program

Prescription opioid abuse is a growing public health epidemic in the US, contributing to an estimated 15,000 deaths and more than $55 billion in societal costs per year. In response, states are increasingly managing CS abuse with Medicaid Lock in Programs (MLIP). The North Carolina (NC) Recipient Management MLIP, initiated in October of 2010, was… Read more »

Continuity of Medication Management in Medicaid

Comorbid cardiometabolic health conditions are a significant burden to the health of patients with schizophrenia representing a major source of morbidity and mortality. For patients taking medications to manage schizophrenia and comorbid health conditions, poor care coordination can result in inappropriate prescribing, duplication of medication therapy, medication non-adherence, and more aggressive health service utilization for… Read more »

Alan Kinlaw, PhD

Alan Kinlaw is an epidemiologist and health services researcher, currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sheps Center. Alan grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University where he earned baccalaureate degrees in textile engineering and French in 2008. Following undergrad, he worked as a chemist for two years in… Read more »

Effie Wei

Effie Wei is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a second year student in the Master of Science in Public Health program in the Health Policy and Management Department… Read more »

Soobin Seong

Soobin is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a second-year student attaining her Master of Science in Public Health degree in the department of Health Policy and Management. Prior to joining the team,… Read more »

Emily Tierney

Emily Tierney is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Program for Health Workforce Research and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a second year student in the Master of Healthcare Administration program in the Health Policy and Management Department at UNC-Chapel… Read more »

Evan Galloway, MPS

Evan Galloway, MPS is a Research Associate with the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He develops web-based interactive visualizations for exploring health workforce data. He received his Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of North Carolina at… Read more »