Roxana Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Social Research Scientist, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Roxana Chen is a social research scientist at Public Health-Seattle & King County and affiliate faculty at the University of Washington's Department of Health Services. She has worked in the public health field for nearly 20 years as an epidemiologist and evaluator of public health policies and programs. Her research and public health practice activities have focused on obesity prevention, chronic disease disparities, social determinants of health, working with multicultural, community partnerships to promote health equity, and training students in public health and research methods. In her spare time, she can be found playing chamber music with friends and, until recently, singing in some form of choral group, having done the Pitch Perfect scene in college. She also enjoys the usual Pacific NW activities of hiking, biking, and attempting to keep things alive in her garden.
Veronica Combs, Vice President of Programs and Partners, Institute for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil
Veronica Combs is the vice president of programs and partners at the Insitute for Health Air, Water, and Soil where she encourages cross-sector collaboration, supports citizen scientist projects and manages data analysis work ranging from health in all policies to air quality. She is a writer, editor and content strategist. She ahs worked in the digital world for 15 years creating content and developing communities. Her focus for the last eight years has been health care. She has covered the rise of digital health and the impact of health care reform. As the editor in chief of MedCity News, she has interviewed entrepreneurs and industry leaders to understand how technology was shaping healthcare. In her current role, she is developing new partnerships to support sustainable changes to the health care system.
Marynia A. Kolak, M.S., M.F.A., Research Specialist, Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago
Marynia A. Kolak is a research specialist at the Center for Spatial Data Science at University of Chicago, and Ph.D. candidate in Geography at Arizona State University, where she investigates issues of equity across space and time using applied spatial econometrics and statistics with policy-driven, systems-integrating solutions. Her current research intersects domains of food access, public health, and housing.