Culture of Health Leaders is just one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. Meet the newest leaders from Health Policy Research Scholars, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, and Clinical Scholars who will be joining minds and efforts with our leaders to expand their thinking and impacts.

Health Policy Research Scholars

Deniss Martinez, PhD student
(Photo credit: Laura Galvez)

Deniss Martinez, a doctoral student in ecology, is conducting research with indigenous communities to elevate their perspectives and include their expertise in difficult conversations about environmental injustice, climate change, resource depletion, and habitat destruction.






Benjamin Carter, PhD student

Benjamin Carter, a doctoral student in political science, is bridging the gap between academia and government, using economic experiments and public opinion research to find real-world policy solutions, challenging society to deliver more equitable health care and minimize fiscal waste.






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Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Amanda Kiger pictured; team also includes Erin Haynes, DrPH, and Lydia Rose, PhD

Community organizer Amanda Kiger has teamed up with researchers Erin Haynes and Lydia Rose to understand the impacts of pollution on rural communities and develop an innovative citizen science protocol that will give residents tools to measure toxic metals in yards and play areas.







Left to Right: Ilima Ho-Lastimosa, MSW, MOA, Theodore Radovich, PhD, and Jane Chung-Do, DrPH

Public health professor Jane Chung-Do, organic farming specialist Theodore Radovich, and Native Hawaiian cultural and health practitioner Ilima Ho-Lastimosa are merging modern agricultural techniques with traditional Hawaiian food practices by bringing together Native Hawaiian families to build and maintain backyard aquaponic systems, which allow plants and fish to grow symbiotically and sustainably.





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Clinical Scholars

Left to Right: Joe Currier, PhD, Erin McAdams, PA-C, MHS (Captain, US Army Reserve), Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS (Major, US Army Reserve), and Marjorie Scaffa, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, ALC
(Photo credit: Shane Rice (Veteran), Shane Rice Photography)

Combining the expertise of a physical therapist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, and physician assistant, this Alabama-based team led by Jeremy Fletcher is removing barriers and designing new ways to infuse peer support and vibrant community engagement into high-quality, compassionate, affordable mental health care for Veterans.








Left to Right: Ursula Aragunde-Kohl, PsyD, Fernando Janer, ND, MSW, and Lydael Vega-Otero, MSW

Ursula Aragunde-Kohl and her team are integrating psychology, social work, and naturopathic medicine to improve health for Puerto Rico’s Universidad del Turabo community by providing access to healthy and affordable food, growing crops on campus, and developing a graduate course and training program.




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Now that you’ve met some of our newest leaders, tell us: Who else needs to know about these programs? Please tell people about this opportunity, especially those who might not otherwise hear about a program like this.

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