Rebecca Fielding-Miller, PhD, is a public heath social scientist who specializes in the social and structural determinants of gender based violence and HIV care and prevention. Her research draws on mixed qualitative, quantitative, and geospatial methods, as well as multidisciplinary behavioral theories, to spotlight the priorities and experiences of marginalized groups in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Fielding-Miller conducted qualitative research in South Africa and Swaziland to explore the links between food security, stigma, and HIV vulnerability. She also investigated mixed methods research to better understand how Swazi women understand sexual-economic exchange within their relationships, and demonstrated that a woman’s agency within her relationship, rather than simply how much financial support she receives from a partner, is a key element in determining the likelihood that a woman will experience intimate partner violence. In the United States, Dr. Fielding-Miller’s work has explored race as a social determinant of health, particularly as it relates to racially biased policing in urban areas. She is a founding member of the Swaziland AIDS Research Network, a group dedicated to promoting and facilitating research efforts in Swaziland, and will be guest editing a special edition of the African Journal of AIDS Research focused on Swazi HIV research.
Danielle Horyniak, PhD, is an epidemiologist with expertise in the fields of substance use, sexual health, and migrant and refugee health. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with joint appointments at the Division of Global Public Health, University of California San Diego, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute (Melbourne, Australia), and School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). Dr. Horyniak’s current research focuses on the complex relationships between forced migration and substance use, with a particular focus on the US-Mexico border region. Dr. Horyniak’s Global Health Institute Research Grant will allow her to examine health needs, barriers, and facilitators of health service utilization among deported U.S. military veterans in Tijuana, Mexico, a population who are socially and economically marginalized and particularly vulnerable to experiencing poor health.
Argentina Servin, MD, MPH, is a bilingual and bicultural clinician-researcher trained in preventive medicine, infectious disease and clinical epidemiology. Her work has included assessing sexual and reproductive health education, including HIV/STI prevention and health service utilization among vulnerable underserved populations living in the U.S.-Mexico and Mexico-Guatemala border region. Dr. Servin has extensive experience working with, engaging, and serving vulnerable underserved communities and health care contexts--including victims of human trafficking. Additionally, Dr. Servin holds a shared appointment at Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xochicalco in the School of Medicine in Tijuana, Mexico where she conducts similar research that she combines with her clinical work in urban community health centers across this region.