Dr. Mehdipanah specializes in innovative research methods, including realist evaluations and concept mapping to develop conceptual frameworks linking complex interventions to health. She has published in the areas of urban renewal, housing and policies aimed at eliminating health inequalities. Prior to joining the faculty in HBHE, Mehdipanah was involved with the SOPHIE project (Evaluating the Impact of Structural Policies on Health Inequalities), funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Program. Within this project, she led a four-year evaluation of an urban renewal policy and its effects on the health and health inequalities in Barcelona neighborhoods.
Alexa is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health. Her research applies the principles of community-based participatory research to understand and address racial and spatial inequities in housing and health, particularly in Detroit. Most of her work has investigated the drivers and consequences of Detroit's tax foreclosure crisis, where she seeks to apply community-derived, evidence-based best practices to inform public policy solutions that promote greater housing and health justice.
Nadia graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and minors in Arab & Muslim American Studies. She is interested in the intersection between the built environment and one’s health! It is for this reason Nadia wanted to work with Dr. Mehdipanah and her research team. Her time working on various tasks for the research project in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) has further inspired her to pursue a dual Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Health Informatics from the University of Michigan! She wants to dedicate her time working towards a future where a healthy lifestyle is affordable and accessible to all, regardless of zipcode. In her free time, Nadia is likely trying to teach herself to code, reading poetry or re-watching an episode of ‘New Girl.’
Sarah received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2016. Following her graduation, she sought to explore her emerging interests in public health and the social determinants of disease. As a Metro Detroit native, Sarah was drawn to the project Reducing Impacts of Housing Discrimination on Health due to the local partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD). This partnership aims to understand the neighborhood-level social and environmental factors associated with high rates of housing discrimination and to support FHCMD’s systematic testing for housing discrimination. Sarah will begin medical school in Fall 2018 and hopes to continue to gain practical experience at the intersection of medicine, public health, and policy. Her interests include running, reading, and college football. She also is passionate about traveling and spent a semester studying in Dublin, Ireland.
Jaclyn is a second year Health Behavior Health Education masters student at the School of Public Health. With a focus on urban health throughout her masters program, she has worked on a variety of projects connecting housing and place to health. Most recently she has been working with the Health and Retirement Study, to understand how neighborhood and different housing factors are impacting the health of the 55+ population in the U.S.. Post graduation Jaclyn hopes to be working in the housing or community development sectors developing policies that foster more equitable cities and spaces. Beyond school, Jaclyn is probably still reading or trying to learn something new. She also considers herself an amateur photographer and enjoys taking pictures and editing them into unique masterpieces.
Jordan graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She is currently a second year masters student studying Health Behavior Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She’s excited about her future in the field because Public Health presents an opportunity to apply social justice to ways we think about population health. Jordan is interested in exploring how housing and place impact health outcomes, disparities, and access to opportunity. She was drawn to Dr. Mehdipanah’s research for that reason. In addition to working with Dr. Mehdipanah, Jordan is a graduate student intern at the Ginsberg Center and Poverty Solutions where she supports mutually beneficial university-community partnerships. In the future, she hopes to continue engaging in community-based projects to develop and inform policies that advance health equity and justice.
Audrey is a master’s student pursuing a dual degree in Public Health (MPH) and Public Policy (MPP) with a concurrent certificate in Healthy Cities. Her education includes cross-disciplinary training in analyzing the social causes and consequences of human behavior, and promoting the healthy development of individuals. She is primarily interested in investigating how inequities across multiple domains shape the health and well-being of urban communities, and how changes to the social, political, and built environment can best support vulnerable populations. As a Research Manager for Dr. Mehdipanah, Audrey works on several projects for the team and provides oversight/assistance where needed to ensure the progression of these projects.
Sheridan is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Public Health Sciences. She is interested in public health genetics, bioethics, and reducing health disparities and is hoping to pursue a career in Genetic Counseling in the future. In addition to working on this project, she is also a research assistant at the U-M Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, where she contributes to projects related to precision health, transportation, and hospital-acquired infections.