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Sara Carbajal-Salisbury

Sara Carbajal-Salisbury is co-chair of the Community Engagement Committee and brings over 20 years of experience in serving the community. She is the Health Programs Director of Alliance Community Services, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health, education, and wellbeing of Latinx and Hispanic people in Utah. She is also a member of the Utah Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and has expertise in health outreach, research coordination, and strategic planning. 

Ivette Lopez

Ivette Amelia López, PhD, MPH is a Professor of Public Health at University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She is also the Director of the Utah Area Health Education Centers. Dr. López was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and came to the United States mainland to pursue an advanced education. She is, and has been for decades, a dedicated professional in pursuit of health equity for Latinos and other disadvantaged populations in the United States. From AIDS (the epidemic that drew her to public health) to diabetes, obesity causal explanations among minority women, to health assessments of Latino populations, her research and service are dedicated to engage minority communities in finding solutions to their health burdens. 

She has focused on social disparities, which have resulted in adverse health outcomes disproportionally affecting Latino and other minority or disadvantaged populations: Type 2 diabetes, weight issues, heart disease, hypertension, sexually transmitted infections, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and environmental contexts of health. Her research interests also include mitigating factors that align with those health disparities: physical activity, food security, neighborhood, reproductive health, community-based mixed research and pedagogy, cultural humility, health literacy, and racial and ethnic disparities in higher education and health academic faculty/administration. 

Further, Dr. Lopez advised and directed the masters and doctoral theses preparation of over 55 students; chaired and labored with committees resulting in 25 doctoral degrees in 14 years. 

Lisa Gren
Lisa Gren, MPSH, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health. She is involved in numerous community outreach initiatives, including her service as Director for the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration, where she works with communities who have refugee and immigration backgrounds. Dr. Gren is also co-Lead of the Outreach Core for the Utah Center for Promotion of Work Equity Research, which is seeks to support and disseminate information towards safe, healthy, and equitable work. Dr. Gren serves as Vice-Chair of Education for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. 


Oreta Mapu-Tupola

Oreta Mapu-Tupola is a Community Health Worker. Her purpose is to serve as a voice with and for diverse communities in Utah bringing to the table expertise, experience, knowledge and awareness of any barriers, strengths and other cultural aspects of community that may enhance the work, mission and goals of the University in serving community. Oreta says, "As a Samoan Woman born and raised 2nd generation in the United States, it is still hard to navigate systems, especially University Systems. I think it is important to always be mindful of how different systems work and to best do this community engagement is important in building the infrastructure of Education, Opportunity and Success!"

Kim Shoaf

Kimberley Shoaf, MPH, DrPH is Professor of Public Health. She is a practice-based public health researcher with a focus on workforce development and emergency public health. She has more than 30 years of experience in public health practice including experience as a health educator, trainer, and researcher. She has particular expertise in program planning and evaluation applicable to both general public health practice and emergency public health. She has worked with more than 50 local health departments in preparing for responding to disasters through training, assessments, and exercises as well as in writing of plans. She participates in the Community Engagement Committee as a practice-based academic to link with practice partners and the communities they serve.

Susan Saffel-Shrier

Susan Saffel-Shrier, MS, RDN, Cert. Gerontologist is a Professor (clinical) in the Family Medicine division of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Her career spans 3 decades of focus on the health and wellbeing of older adults with an emphasis on those residing in the community. She currently is the PI of a USDHHS, Administration on Aging grant investigating the potential reduction of hospital re-admissions among malnourished older adults through high-value malnutrition care in the home setting. Project community partners include home health agencies and area agencies on aging.

Dr. Emily Ahonen picture

Emily Ahonen, PhD, MPH, is a Research Associate Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health. Her work focuses on intertwined determinants of population health inequity and their broader legal, economic, political and social drivers with the aim to illuminate places where intervention is likely to promote greater health equity. At present, these primarily include conditions of employment and work, and the ways in which societal power imbalances result in employment and work of varying quality. Related foci are on housing and migration processes. She is the Director of the Utah Center for Promotion of Work Equity Research (U-POWER). 

Camie Schaefer
Camie Schaefer, PhD, is Associate Director of the Utah Center for Promotion of Work Equity Research (U-POWER), a Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Camie supports U-POWER’s Outreach Core in community outreach, training, and social media. She also provides technical writing assistance to U-POWER investigators and other members of U-POWER’s community of practice. She holds a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah and draws on her expertise in storytelling to highlight the need for safe, healthy, and equitable work.