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Dr. Childers

I am a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research. My primary research interests include health equity, social determinants of health, and holistic approaches to improving outcomes for under-resourced communities. More specifically, factors such as income, food security, housing, and employment have far greater influence on health outcomes than medical care. I am passionate about research that addresses these “root causes” of health inequalities. 


My methods include an emphasis on community engaged research, asset-based frameworks, and mixed methods approaches. Communities know what they need. Research is simply a venue to connect communities with the resources that can bring their vision to fruition. 

Research Areas

Health Equity & Social Determinants of Health
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Non-medical factors such as education, income, food security, housing, transportation, employment, or the built environment—collectively referred to as social determinants of health—have far greater influence on health outcomes than medical care.

Structural Inequality
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Systems change, including vulnerable populations, social justice, asset-based frameworks

Community Engaged Methods
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Ethnography, site visits, focus groups, in-depth interviews, mixed methods approaches

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