Postdoctoral Research Fellow

FrehnJ_profileJennifer Frehn, PhD, MPH, is a post-doctoral fellow at UC Merced. She holds an MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA, and a PhD in Health Policy from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include examining how linkages between health care, public health, and community-based services and supports can work to address social determinants of health and reduce health disparities for vulnerable populations. Her work at the CHIP Lab includes understanding how to advance telehealth implementation for low-income Californians in response to COVID-19.

Research Specialist


Public Health PhD Students

100198331Kimberly 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 CHIP Lab. Kesia is the 2020 recipient of the Future History Makers Award from Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant


Arbab Alam is an undergraduate student majoring in Public Health at UC Merced. His interests include learning how politics and health outcomes are intertwined and how policy interventions affect health disparities. He is currently assisting with the development of a state obesity policy database with the CHIP Lab. Additionally, he works as a medical scribe on weekends at Adventist Health Bakersfield. After graduating, he hopes to use all of the knowledge he learns to help communities become healthier, and ultimately, happier.