Health Equity Team (HET)

Aranda, Maria – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Associate Professor
Primary Institution: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
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Associate Professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Executive Director, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
Director, Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core, USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Bio: Maria P. Aranda, PhD is an associate professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Executive Director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, and Director of the outreach, recruitment and engagement core of the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She holds a joint appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience providing mental health services to middle-aged and older adults and their families. Dr. Aranda developed the first Spanish-language support group for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. She is well-known among community leaders for establishing model support programs such as the El Portal Latino Alzheimer’s Project, Programa Esperanza, and Siempre Viva for individuals and families in East Los Angeles affected by depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Her research specializations address the unique needs of middle-age and older adults with co-occurring medical and psychiatric illnesses, and their caregiving families. She focuses on psychosocial intervention development, and evaluation of bilingual, evidence-based interventions on behalf of adults with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.
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Dilworth-Anderson, Peggye – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Professor of Health Policy & Management
Primary Institution: Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC)
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Professor of Health Policy & Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC)

Bio: Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, is professor of health policy & management at Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Dilworth-Anderson’s research and publications focus on caregiving to people living with dementia in cultural context and health disparities and Alzheimer’s disease in medically underserved diverse populations. She has received numerous awards including the 2010 Ronald & Nancy Reagan Alzheimer’s Research Award, the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging by the University of Southern California (USC) Roybal Institute on Aging, and in recognition of her commitment to diversity and inclusion, UNC awarded her 2018 University Diversity Award. She has served in numerous leadership roles relating to aging including as President, Gerontological Society of America, board member of the National Alzheimer’s Association, member of the National Research Advisory Council of the Institute on Aging/NIH, member of the AARP Global Council on Brain Health, and current and past member of committees of the National Academies of Medicine, formerly Institute of Medicine.
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Hinton, Ladson – MD
Credentials: MD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Primary Institution: University of California, Davis
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Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis

Bio: Ladson Hinton, MD is a geriatric psychiatrist, clinical and services researcher, and social scientist. Over the past two decades, he has conducted interdisciplinary research using both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand cultural and social dimensions of family caregiving for older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease. He has applied this knowledge to develop innovative and culturally-appropriate intervention approaches to advance care and services for underserved populations in the US and globally (Vietnam and Thailand). Dr. Hinton was a member (2014-2016) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine ad hoc Committee on Family Caregiving (Report title: Families Caring for an Aging America), PI (2012-2019) of the NIA-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), and Director (2005-2017) of the Outreach and Recruitment Core for the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He is Co-Assistant Director of the Family Caregiving Institute in the School of Nursing.
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Jackson, Jonathan – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Instructor in Neurology
Primary Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital
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Instructor in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Bio: Jonathan Jackson, PhD, is the founding Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, which investigates the impact of diversity and inclusion on the quality of human subjects research and leverages deep community entrenchment to build trust and overcome barriers to clinical trial participation. Dr. Jackson also works as a cognitive neuroscientist, investigating the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), particularly in the absence of overt memory problems. He specializes in identifying and overcoming barriers to clinical research for people and communities of color. He has become a well-known MGH representative to communities of color and dozens of affiliated organizations, particularly regarding clinical research. Dr. Jackson serves on the leadership team of several organizations focused on community health, as well as local, statewide, and national advisory groups for research recruitment, Alzheimer’s disease, and community engagement.
Core/Team Associations:
Luers, Erin – MS
Credentials: MS
Role:

Project Director, Communication & Knowledge Dissemination Team

Primary title: Project Director
Primary Institution: Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
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Project Director, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research

Bio: Erin Luers, MS is a Project Director with the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory on the Communications and Knowledge Dissemination Team. She focuses on systems integration of the IMPACT SharePoint/WordPress websites and Smartsheet project management system, consulting with the Investigator Navigation Team on the capture, management, and presentation of data into dashboards, and coordinates the IMPACT Grand Rounds series. She got her bachelor’s degree in anthropology with art and biology minors at Hamilton College and received her master’s in medical sciences from Boston University School of Medicine. Ms. Luers started working at the Marcus Institute in June 2018. She enjoys cooking, skiing, and hiking.
Quiñones, Ana – PhD, MS
Credentials: PhD, MS
Role:

Team Leader, Health Equity Team (HET)

Primary title: Associate Professor
Primary Institution: Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Family Medicine
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Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Oregon Health & Science University

Bio: Ana Quiñones, PhD, MS, is an associate professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University with an affiliate appointment at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Dr. Quiñones is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her research interests are focused on addressing racial and ethnic differences in trajectories of age-related changes in health, particularly in co-existing chronic disease (multimorbidity), including dementia, and evaluating health care delivery changes designed to improve the management of multimorbidity for vulnerable older adults. She has led multiple NIH, NIA, and foundation-funded studies investigating racial and ethnic differences in multimorbidity. These include studies that trace the development and progression of multimorbidity over time and that seek to identify chronic disease combinations associated with greater cognitive decline and dementia among racially and ethnically-diverse populations.
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