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PEOPLE Centered Lab

Centering Policy | Evidence | Opportunity | Power | Labor | Equity

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Objectives

We envision an equitable & just world where people come first. To get there, our mission is to increase health equity and social justice by listening & responding to people’s stories in real-time, as well as creating long-term solutions by exploring how power is preserved, constructed, and used. Our scholarship is rooted in participatory research using photo-ethnographic methods, including photovoice and digital storytelling, and we frame our scholarly analysis and advocacy through our values of Centering Policy & Evidence, Opportunity & Power, and Labor & Equity (PEOPLE Centered Lab). We lead or collaborate on studies exploring precarious employment, structural violence, healthcare access, mHealth, firearm violence, social dimensions of health, and use of evidence in policymaking.

Projects

Navigating the Waters of the US Healthcare System

Navigating the Waters of the US Healthcare System

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD, Associate Professor at UTHealth’s School of Public Health and affiliated faculty at the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, was awarded nearly $1 million from the CDC to study the bidirectional relationship between work-related injuries and substance use, particularly for commercial fishermen who face dangerous working conditions, have limited sick leave benefits, and lack preventive healthcare access. Her team will implement and study the feasibility of using healthcare navigators to identify and address biopsychosocial factors that lead to increased injury and substance misuse, as well as evaluate whether and how participants use and access the healthcare navigators. The project brings together worker health equity and structural/social dimensions of health models to understand the bidirectional relationship between injury and substance misuse, and to address these interlinked issues by improving biopsychosocial factors among low s

Guillot-Wright awarded nearly $1 million CDC grant

Docside Clinic: Decreasing Health Disparities Among Im/migrant Workers

Docside Clinic: Decreasing Health Disparities Among Im/migrant Workers

Community-led interventions that address structural and social determinants of health are lacking among im/migrant workers, especially seafood workers. This lack of medical attention is especially alarming given their high rate of injury and death. Through partnerships with Gulf Coast communities, we are studying how mobile street clinics can decrease health disparities and increase health equity among fishermen, dock workers, and their families. Our research methodology is a mixed-methods participatory approach, including CBPR, surveys, semi-structured interviews, participant observation, and photovoice. Funded by NIOSH's Southwest Center for Agricultural Health

Docside Clinic Video

Increasing Health Equity & Health Policy Solutions Among Fishermen

Increasing Health Equity & Health Policy Solutions Among Fishermen

We are exploring how fishermen’s stories and photos can help inform policy solutions through photo-ethnographic methodologies with fishermen, and then translating the results for policymakers Funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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COVID-19 Prevention Among Seafood Processors

COVID-19 Prevention Among Seafood Processors

To identify and implement solutions that address the unique hazards within the seafood industry, we conducted interviews with seafood processors and industry decision-makers in the Gulf Coast region, as they have unique characteristics and challenges as compared to other fisheries in the United States (US). Our aim was to examine the experiences of Gulf Coast seafood workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how workplace and social factors impacted their health and quality of life, as well as explore how the structural-social determinants of health (SDoH) impact workers’ risks and health outcomes. Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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Labor Fest!

Labor Fest!

We host an annual Labor Day event to bring awareness to the workers who put food on our Gulf Coast tables. We host speakers, musicians, artists, advocates, and scholars for a one day event that's open to the public. 2023: Working on the Water Film & Concert Series at St. Joseph's Church. We hosted singer-songwriter Drew Kennedy & viewed the film Seadrift at St. Joseph's, which was built by German immigrants and dedicated in 1860 to St. Joseph, the patron saint of laborers. Sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation and UTHealth's SWCOEH. 2022: Ideas Symposium at Old Red. We hosted singer-songwriter Waylon Payne and health humanities scholar Rosemary Jolly, as well as viewed the film "Mama Has a Mustache" at Old Red Amphitheater, which was the first medical school building in TX. Sponsored by the Center for Violence Prevention.

Venue - St. Joesph's Church

2023 Speaker & Musician - Drew Kennedy

People

Shannon Guillot-Wright

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD

Associate Professor
Houston

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD is an Associate Professor at UTHealth's School of Public Health and holds an affiliation in the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Center for Health Equity. Her program of research focuses on occupational health equity and the use of evidence in policymaking, with an emphasis on structural violence and social justice. She is particularly interested in understanding power, influence, and social change. Her research is grounded in ethnographic and participatory methods, including photovoice and digital storytelling.

Publication List

Lacy Davis

Lacy Davis, MA

Senior Program Manager
Houston Campus

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Lacy Davis, Sr Program Manager, roots her work in centering the voices and experiences of historically marginalized people through measurable and impactful research. She has an MA from the New School in International Affairs with a concentration in Governance and Rights. Previously, she worked at Sesame Street in their research department.

Bibiana Toro Figueira

Bibiana Toro Figueira, BS, MPH Candidate

Research Coordinator
Houston Campus

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Bibiana Toro Figueira graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is an MPH student at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She founded the St. Vincent's Spanish Speaking Outreach program and coordinates their Heart Failure Clinic in Galveston, TX. She leads our Lab's outreach efforts, including our Docside Clinics.

Jackie Martinez-Garcia

Jackie Martinez-Garcia, BS, MPH Candidate

Graduate Research Assistant
Dallas Campus

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Jackie Martinez is a graduate student at UTHealth's School of Public Health and graduate research assistant for the PEOPLE Centered Lab. She received her BS in Public Health from the University of North Texas and has worked on community campaigns to increase care for Spanish-speaking and uninsured patients.

Cuc-Huyen (Cecile) Roberts

Cuc-Huyen (Cecile) Roberts, N/A

Community Health Researcher
Houston Campus

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Martha Diaz

Martha Diaz, BSN, RN, CVRN-BC

Community Engagement RN
Houston Campus

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Nhu Nguyen

Nhu Nguyen, BA

NIOSH Trainee
Houston Campus

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Nhu Nguyen is a first-year MPH student at UTHealth School of Public Health, specializing in Industrial Hygiene. She obtained her BA in Biology from the University of North Texas. After working for a few years in the healthcare and revenue cycle management industry, she decided to return to school and aspires to be a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Leonard Wang

Leonard Wang, BS, MD/MPH Candidate

Health Policy Research Coordinator
Houston Campus

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Leonard Wang is an MD/MPH candidate at the University of Texas Medical Branch and a health policy research coordinator for our Lab. He is passionate about health equity and health policy, and his commitment to both led him to become the first medical student accepted to the American Society of Human Genetics’ Advocacy Program.

Kennedy Smith

Kennedy Smith, N/A

HS Intern
Houston Campus

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Kennedy Smith is a senior at Lawrence E. Elkins High School and is an aspiring surgeon who is passionate about bringing attention to historically neglected communities in the field of medicine, striving to promote awareness and equity. She is one of our Lab's high school interns, learning about qualitative research and outreach.

Asya Ardawatia

Asya Ardawatia, N/A

HS Intern
Houston Campus

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Asya Ardawatia is a senior at Dulles High School and the Exec. Dir. for March for Our Lives Houston. She also interns for State Rep. Gene Wu, and is a member of Sugar Land's Mayor's Youth Advisory Council and her school's Principal Advisory Committee. She is one of our Lab's high school interns, learning about health policy research and advocacy.

Alumni

Name and Credentials Title Organization Contact Information
Bianca Obinyan, MD/MPH Candidate Health Policy Research Coordinator University of Texas Medical Branch LinkedIn
Zurisaday Robbins Briz, Paralegal and Outreach Coordinator Galveston-Houston Immigration Representation Project LinkedIn
Linh Truong, PA-C Physician Assistant Medical Clinic LinkedIn
Karen Schlag, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow University of Texas Medical Branch LinkedIn
Christen Walcher, MPAff Research Development Specialist University of Texas Medical Branch UTMB
Ellie Cherryhomes, BS, BJ Research Development Specialist University of Texas Medical Branch LinkedIn

Get Involved

If you're a student, community member, resident, faculty, or anyone else interested in collaborating, we would love to meet you! Please reach out to shannon.p.guillotwright@uth.tmc.edu to learn more about what we do and how we can work together.


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