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Thank you for visiting my website! I am passionate about research and initiatives that have a positive impact on seniors in our community.

I am a public health gerontologist working in the Washington, D.C. area as an adjunct profession for UMBC and UMUC, the manager of the engAGED National Resource Center to Promote the Engagement of Older Adults, and as a community engagement consultant. I have significant experience conducting and coordinating a variety of coalition building and programmatic activities to promote healthy aging.

I completed my Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management concentration) and Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida. The work completed for my dissertation examined multiple indicators related to cultural competence, including predictors of having a provider of the same race/ethnicity, client perceptions of the cultural competence of their health care providers, and overall satisfaction with care reported by a diverse sample of adults ages 50 to 99.

My current research interests focus on the study, and ultimate elimination, of health disparities among older minority populations through cultural competence, improving health literacy, and community-based interventions.

I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and Batala Washington, an all-female Afro-Brazilian drumming group.