The Health Justice Lab
 
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Stephane D. Andrade

Stephane D. Andrade is a research assistant at the Health Justice Lab and a PhD Candidate in Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University.  He is passionate about community-based research and committed to improving the well-being of marginalized groups by examining the processes and systems they navigate.  His current research examines child support enforcement in the lives of low-income men and how it’s shapes their experiences as fathers.  Stephane currently works alongside the R01 team on a project that examines how residents build resilient neighborhoods in order to mitigate the effects of gun violence.

EMAIL: STEPHANE.ANDRADE@YALE.EDU

EVALUATION; DATA ANALYSIS; TRANSITIONS CLINIC NETWORK

EVALUATION; DATA ANALYSIS; TRANSITIONS CLINIC NETWORK

Jenerius Aminawung

Jenerius Aminawung, MD, MPH is a Research Associate and the Evaluation Analyst for the Transitions Clinic Network working alongside the Evaluation Team located at Yale University. Dr. Aminawung’s work includes projects at Yale University studying outcomes in disadvantaged populations. Read his research publications here.

EMAIL: jenerius.aminawung@yale.edu

COMMUNITY OUTREACH EXPERT

COMMUNITY OUTREACH EXPERT

Beatrice Codianni

Beatrice is on the Community Advisory Board of Transitions Clinic, a clinic for people recently released from prison or jail. She is also employed by the Transitions Clinic’s Women on The Road To Health (WORTH) Project as an outreach worker.   In 2017 she was given a certificate by the Connecticut Chapter of the NAACP for her work in reentry. Beatrice was a 2017 Neighbor in Residence at Yale’s Dwight Hall. While incarcerated she became friends with Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black and is referred to as “Esposito" that book. Beatrice is a co-founder of The Real Women of Orange Is the New Black,an organization that seeks to educate high school and college students, as well as others, about the harsh truths behind the over-incarceration of women and girls in America. Beatrice speaks nationally on this issue.

EMAIL: bcodianni@yahoo.com

 
 
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER; TRANSITIONS CLINIC-BRIDGEPORT

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER; TRANSITIONS CLINIC-BRIDGEPORT

Latoya Benton

Latoya Benton is a Community Health Worker at Transitions Clinic-Bridgeport where she provides health and social service navigation support to patients.  She has experience conducting chronic disease-self management trainings with patients, as well as carrying out patient support sessions.

EMAIL: lbenton@opthc.org || 203.907.8141

APRN; CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF HOMELESS CARE AT CORNELLE SCOTT-HILL HEALTH CENTER

APRN; CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF HOMELESS CARE AT CORNELLE SCOTT-HILL HEALTH CENTER

Phil Costello

Phil Costello, APRN. He works closely with New Haven's homeless community. Learn more about Mr. Costello in the New Haven Register and WTNH.

EMAIL: pcostello@cornellscott.org

COMMUNITY RESEARCH LIASION

COMMUNITY RESEARCH LIASION

Ann Greene

Since moving to New Haven in 2008, Ms. Greene has been involved in public health and civic activities.She served on the West River Neighborhood Services Corp. Board (2010 to 2012) and the New Haven Urban Design League Board (2009 to 2014).Currently she serves on the Southern Connecticut State University's Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) Steering Committee, and is the Community Research Liaison for the National Clinician Scholars Program. As the Liaison, she supports the Scholars’ community-based participatory research (CBPR), and develops training and curriculum for the CBPR portion of the Program. She is studying at Southern Connecticut State University towards certification in Elementary Education. In 2014, Ms. Greene was awarded The Ira V. Hiscock Award by the Connecticut Public Health Association.

EMAIL: ANN.GREENE@YALE.EDU

 
 
ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST

ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Johanna Elumn Madera

Johanna Elumn Madera, MSW, PhD is Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine. She has served as director of several projects including Women on the Road to Health (WORTH Transitions) and The Share Project (TSP) and is a member of the Transitions Clinic-New Haven team. As a social worker, her direct service experience focused on designing, evaluating, and implementing services for those involved in the criminal justice system at all stages of their contact, from pre-arrest to reentry. Dr. Elumn Madera’s research interests focus on the impact of violence, trauma, and the criminal justice system on the health and mental health of individuals, families and communities using CBPR approaches.

EMAIL: JOhanna.madera@yale.edu

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER; TRAUMA-AND GENDER-SPECIFIC CARE; WOMEN ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH (WORTH); TRANSITIONS CLINIC - NEW HAVEN

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER; TRAUMA-AND GENDER-SPECIFIC CARE; WOMEN ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH (WORTH); TRANSITIONS CLINIC - NEW HAVEN

Monya Harper-Harris

Monya Harper-Harris uses her community health worker training to deliver the WORTH intervention and provide healthcare and social service navigation for women leaving jail. She supports clients in connecting with both primary and specialty care appointments (including substance use treatment and HIV treatment); providing health education specific to re-entering the community; and navigating the complex health and social services system in New Haven.

EMAIL: monya.harper-harris@yale.edu || 203.492.9763

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Tyler Harvey

Tyler is a first year MPH graduate student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. Prior to Yale, Tyler was a Thomas J. Watson fellow, where he completed a yearlong, international project aimed at understanding how poverty influences the ways in which communities living in vastly unique geopolitical contexts experience wellbeing and interact with healthcare. His interests center around questions of health equity with an emphasis on intersectionality, including structural determinants of health, health interventions for those experiencing marginalization, and LGBTQ criminalization.

EMAIL: TYLER.HARVEY@YALE.EDU

 
 
COMMUNITY RESEARCH ASSISTANT

COMMUNITY RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Nadine Horton

Nadine Horton is a research assistant at the Yale School of Medicine in the general internal medicine section. Nadine is the team lead on an R01 grant led by Dr. Emily Wang, MD, MAS on building resilient neighborhoods to prevent gun violence. Nadine has over 10 years of experience as a community organizer in the city of New Haven and has worked with various neighborhoods, organizations, city officials, police, community leaders and residents.

EMAIL: nadine.horton@yale.edu

NATIONAL CLINICIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

NATIONAL CLINICIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Benjamin A. Howell

Benjamin A. Howell, MD, MPH (VA Scholar) is a general internist and National Clinician Scholars Program research fellow. He has an interest in improving the health outcomes of individuals who have experienced incarceration. His research explores incarceration as a risk factor for poor chronic disease outcomes and the impact of health and criminal justice policy on the health of individuals and communities.

email: benjamin.howell@yale.edu

NATIONAL CLINICIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

NATIONAL CLINICIAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Paul Joudrey

Paul Joudrey, MD MPH (VA Scholar) earned his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master of secondary education from the City College of New York while teaching high school science in the South Bronx. He went on to New York University where he earned his medical degree and a MPH. Dr. Joudrey completed residency training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Primary Care Social Internal Medicine program. His previous projects include assessing the association between primary care retention and the prescribing of pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorders. Dr. Joudrey’s research interests include improving the uptake of pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorders and more broadly investigating the delivery of evidenced based treatments for substance use disorders within primary care settings.

EMAIL: PAUL.JOUDREY@YALE.EDU

 
 
APRN; TRANSITIONS CLINIC BRIDGEPORT

APRN; TRANSITIONS CLINIC BRIDGEPORT

Jose L. Latorre

Jose Latorre, BSN, RN, MSN, FNP is the lead clinician at Transitions Clinic-Bridgeport. He served as the Director of Ryan White program in Waterbury Hospitals Infectious Disease department and completed his Doctoral degree in Nursing.

EMAIL: jlatorre@opthc.org

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Thai Hien Nguyen

Thai Hien Nguyen graduated from the University of California, San Diego and is a current graduate student at the Yale School of Public Health. She is currently studying Epidemiology and her research interest focus is on cancer epidemiology and chronic disease management among formerly incarcerated individuals. 

Email: Thaihien.nguyen@yale.edu

DIRECTOR, TRANSITIONS CLINIC CONNECTICUT

DIRECTOR, TRANSITIONS CLINIC CONNECTICUT

Lisa Puglisi

Lisa Puglisi, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University where she practices primary care and addiction medicine.  She is the director of Transitions Clinic-New Haven. Her clinical practice includes treatment of addiction and hepatitis C in primary care and she also oversees a medical legal partnership.  She has developed specific skills in training, hiring and supervising community health workers and directing interdisciplinary teams of physicians, midlevel providers, community health workers, research personnel and legal colleagues around the work of clinical care and research to improve the health of people with recent incarceration. She has expertise in building and maintaining strong ties with community organizations and partners including the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University, her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her medical training at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Incarceration-related research areas: primary care, Hepatitis c treatment, clinician training, suboxone

EMAIL: LISA.PUGLISI@YALE.EDU

 
 
SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER; TRANSITIONS CLINIC NEW HAVEN

SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKER; TRANSITIONS CLINIC NEW HAVEN

Jerry Smart

Jerry Smart is the senior community health worker (CHW) at the Transitions Clinic program in New Haven, CT. Jerry coordinates medical care and social service support for chronically ill patients recently released from prison. Since 2012, Jerry has been a Steering Committee member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinic Scholars Program and is also a Community Advocate at the ForDD clinic at Yale. To learn more about Jerry, read these stories on his work in NPR, the CT Post, and the YaleNews.

Email: jerry.smart@yale.edu || 203.850.2449

DIRECTOR, TRANSITIONS CLINIC CO-FOUNDER

DIRECTOR, TRANSITIONS CLINIC CO-FOUNDER

Emily Wang

Emily Wang, MD, MAS is the head of the Health Justice Lab and an Associate Professor of Medicine and co-founder of the Transitions Clinic Network. She has a longstanding clinical and research interest in patients with a history of incarceration. She has developed expertise in training former prisoners to become community health workers. Her research explores incarceration as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and how correctional facilities can be a meaningful point of intervention to reduce the risk of disease in the community. Read her academic articles here and news stories about her work here.

incarceration-related research areas: cardiovascular disease/gun violence/post-incarceration/community-based participatory research

EMAIL: emily.wang@yale.edu