Graduate Students (PhD)
Kimberly Sánchez, MPH, is a Public Health PhD graduate student at UC Merced. She received a triple B.A. in Spanish, Public Health, and Psychology at UC Merced and completed a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with an emphasis in Community Health Education at CSU Long Beach. Her research interests include immigrant health, specifically how policies affect the health of undocumented Latinos as well as research on obesity prevention. She is a 2020 CARE-UC Fellow and was awarded grant funding to conduct research on food insecurity among immigrants in California. After receiving her Ph.D., she hopes to continue her research to improve access to resources and health among minority populations.
Kesia Garibay is a doctoral student at UC Merced in the Public Health program with a focus in Health Policy. She received her B.A. in Public Health from UC Merced. Her research interests include the impact of health policy on underserved communities and understanding how policy addresses health disparities. She is currently working to develop a state obesity policy database with the Health Policy Research Group. Kesia is the 2020 recipient of the Future History Makers Award from Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).
Undergraduate Student Research Assistants