Dr. Hernandez’s current research and research interests include transdisciplinary approaches to improving women’s health, reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, health disparities, community-based participatory research, and reproductive social justice. Dr. Hernandez’s research and interests stem from her commitment to health equity and improving health in underserved communities. During her doctoral program, she worked on multiple projects including behavioral and psychosocial health issues related to women’s health, HPV, and sexuality education. Dr. Hernandez was a HRSA maternal and child health leadership trainee and epidemiology trainee. In addition, she is a lead investigator on a study focusing on psychosocial and socio-cultural correlates of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine intentions and uptake among minority college students and her dissertation focused on examining multiple factors that contribute to the meaning and perceived consequences and management of an unintended pregnancy among Latinas. As a result of her work, she has received a number of awards and published a variety of articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Ryan Adcock is the executive director and co-founder of Cradle Cincinnati, a network built with the express purpose of reducing the high infant mortality rate in Hamilton County. In the eight years since its founding, Cradle Cincinnati has raised more than $25 million for its cause and built dozens of partnerships within the community to save lives. His work for Cradle Cincinnati has included community engagement, strategic planning and evaluation, and communications and media strategy. The result to date—among many other positive outcomes—has been a 15% decline in Hamilton County infant deaths.
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