Erica Browne, DrPH, MPH

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Erica Browne is a faculty affiliate with Cal-IHEA. Her research interests focus on private nonprofit hospital community investments, social inequities in health, and public health leadership and practice. For over 15 years she has led community health programs on behalf of Kaiser Permanente, Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science, the University Health Services at UC Berkeley, and multiple nonprofit organizations. She has contributed to health equity projects sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PolicyLink, and the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Browne received her DrPH from UC Berkeley, MPH in Community Health Sciences from UCLA, and B.A. in Development Studies from UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science and volunteers with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Michelle Carrera

Health Policy Fellow

Michelle Carrera earned her MPH in Health Policy & Management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. As a Cal-IHEA Policy Fellow, Michelle led evidence briefings connecting policymakers, advocates and researchers on policies and strategies to promote health equity in California. Prior to graduate school, she provided direct service as a Case Worker with the International Rescue Committee where she coordinated health care and social services for immigrants and refugees in the Intensive Case Management program, helping them navigate healthcare and safety net systems in the United States. Michelle endeavors to harness her community level experiences and MPH training to inform health policy and advocacy initiatives, including improving Medicaid policy, addressing the social determinants of health, and improving access to care for low-income communities.

Undergraduate Research and Policy Fellow

Gabriel Garcia

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Gabriel Garcia is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley working to receive his B.A. in Public Health (Health Policy and Management) with a Minor in Public Policy. Originally from Santa Ana, California Gabriel grew up in a primarily Latinx community and was witness to the health disparities that affect low-income minority communities. He currently serves as Director of Marketing for Student Immigration Relief Clinic, a student organization that strives to instill the desire and dedication to help underserved communities. He aspires to focus on health policy initiatives that target the social determinants of health that affect minority and low-income communities.