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Emotional Well-Being and Physical Health Summer Course Tuition Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the Emotional Well-Being and Physical Health summer short course!

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London (UCL) are hosting their third annual summer short course exploring the linkages between emotional well-being and physical health outcomes July 10-14, 2023.

Learn more about the summer short course recipients below:


Dr. Michael O. Mensah

Dr. Michael O. Mensah is a board certified psychiatrist, NIH REACH Scholar and PhD Candidate at Yale University. He researches healthcare disparities in the workforce and in marginalized populations, mental crisis response, and access to medication for opioid use disorder. He earned his AB from Princeton, his MPH in Health Policy from Harvard as a Center for Public Leadership fellow, and his MD from UCSF, where he co-founded its White Coats for Black Lives chapter. He was Chief Resident at UCLA, co-founded their Minority Housestaff Organization, and was elected to the APA Board as Resident Fellow Member Trustee.

Dr. Tiffany N. Ford

Dr. Tiffany N. Ford is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and an incoming (Fall 2023) Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Ford conducts mixed methods well-being research that examines racism in the health, economic, and social lives of Black people in the United States and considers what it would take for Black people in the U.S. to be well. Her health and policy writing is informed by her power-building and sharing relationships with community-based organizations, community-led coalitions, and individuals most impacted by structural oppression. These ongoing connections inform her work which traverses the social and structural determinants of health and well-being and policy interventions to advance health equity at institutional, systems, local, and state levels.

Dr. Ruth Tadesse

Dr. Ruth Tadesse is the nurse faculty for Adult Mental Health Project ECHO at OHSU and she has been serving in this role since the inception of Project ECHO program in Oregon, since 2014 . Ruth has a PhD in nursing from University of Utah, and a masters in gerontology and a post-masters in psychiatric mental health practitioner from OHSU School of Nursing. Ruth is an assistant professor in clinical nursing and has been teaching in the undergraduate nursing program at OHSU School of Nursing for over 20 years. For project ECHO, she does presentation on mental health related to older adults including depression, delirium, and dementia. Ruth is also an interventionist on a research study called Tele-STELLA and meets with family caregivers to help them modify a behavior they see in the person with dementia that they find upsetting or distressing. In her free time, Ruth likes to spend time with her family and travel and learn about new cultures.

Dr. Nekehia Tamara Quashie

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Nekehia Tamara Quashie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at the University of Rhode Island and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Quashie held postdoctoral research positions as faculty of Social Sciences at the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), and the College of Population Studies at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

As a sociologist, Dr. Quashie is motivated by understanding how social welfare policies and socioeconomic inequality shape families’ roles in social support, and the well-being of older adults from a cross-national perspective. More broadly, her research interests include global population aging, family and health in later life, and social inequality in the health and well-being of older adults. Dr. Quashie examines these topics primarily within and across global regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.


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