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Cardella Leak

Cardella Leak, MPH

Cardella is the Research Leader at the Center for Health System Improvement. AIn this role, she oversees the Management of Everyday Life (MODEL Program) and serves as the administrator for the Diabetes, Wellness, and Prevention Coalition Registry. She earned her BA in Medicine, Health, & Society from Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Tennessee State University. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Memphis School of Public Health. Her general research interest includes chronic disease and health disparities with more specific interests in childhood obesity prevention with an emphasis on the role that parents have in influencing their child’s health behaviors and outcomes. 

Email: clleak@uthsc.edu
Phone: 901.448.2476

 

Patti Smith

Patti Smith, MPH

Patti is Scientific Writer for the Center for Health System Improvement and the UTHSC Office of Scientific Writing. A former journalist and nonprofit executive, she shifted her focus to public health in 2013. After earning a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Memphis, she served as interim director of the Healthy Shelby initiative. She joined CHSI in February 2017.

Email:patti.smith@uthsc.edu
Phone: 901.448.2477

 

Lauren Haley

Lauren Haley, MA

Lauren serves as the Research Coordinator for the MODEL study. She is originally from North Carolina and received her BA in Anthropology at East Carolina University. She move to Tennessee to complete her MA in Anthropology at the University of Memphis. She enjoys running, going to the gym, and going camping with her husband and three dogs.

email: lhaley1@uthsc.edu
phone: 901.448.4168

 

Ming

Ming Chen, MS

Ming is a doctoral research assistant in the Institute of Health Outcomes and Policy and the Center for Health System Improvement. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social and Administrative Pharmacy from China, with training on qualitative science surrounding pharmaceutical policy and economics using primary data. Her Master's in outcomes research is from the University of Florida and focused on population-based quantitative research with epidemiological design using secondary databases. She had special training in pharmaceutical policy at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, and patient-reported outcomes (PRO) at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Experienced with the Registry, EHR/ EMR, survey, and claims database, her research interests include outcomes research, health services research, policy evaluation and measurement.

Email: mchen46@uthsc.edu
Phone: 901.448.2561

 

Shuvo

Sohul Shuvo, MS, MBA

A graduate research assistant in the Center, Shuvo is a PhD Candidate in the Institute for Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He holds an MBA from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and an MS in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. His research interests are around health outcomes and pharmacoeconomic research. His current research projects include improving health outcomes by ensuring access to and quality of care particularly for patients with chronic conditions, and comparing cost-effectiveness of antidiabetic medications among low-income population. He is currently involved in a pragmatic clinical trial targeted to improve diabetic self-care activities among medically underserved African-Americans with diabetes.

Email: sshuvo@uthsc.edu
Phone: 901.448.2453

Last Published: Oct 30, 2019