2002 - Alexandra (Bambas) Nolen, MPH, PhD

Advisor:

Michele A. Carter, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title:

Health Inequity and Contemporary Development: A Concept Analysis and Strategy for the Formulation of Just Public Policy

Current Position and Address:

Director, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities
Associate Director, Coordinating Center for Global Health
Assistant Professor, Departments of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Community Health, and Internal Medicine
Associate Member, Institute for the Medical Humanities
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0434
phone: 409-772-8863
fax: 409-747-0220
email: abnolen@utmb.edu

Alexandra (Lexi) Bambas Nolen, PhD, MPH, serves as the Director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and Associate Director of the Coordinating Center for Global Health at UTMB Health in Galveston, Texas. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Community Health, and Internal Medicine, and Associate Faculty in the Institute for the Medical Humanities. Under her leadership, the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities is engaged in research, training, and community-based interventions in four program areas: Health Systems Solutions, Solutions through Social Determinants of Health, Leadership Development, and Global Health. Dr. Nolen has experience coordinating community-based research and interventions as well as policy development on issues of health disparities and public health in a number of country contexts. Her work encompasses issues of health systems development in Southern and Eastern Africa, health information systems development, strategies for advancing health equity on the political agenda, the impact of globalization and trade on health in Africa, and development of training materials on health equity and the social determinants of health. She has undertaken research with the Karolinska Institute as well as Equinet (the Regional Network for Equity in Southern Africa), and has received grant funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Karolinska Institute, the Mitchell Foundation, and other donors. Dr. Nolen has edited or co-authored three books, as well as been an author on four book chapters and 20 articles. Dr. Nolen is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program and the Scholars in Education Program at UTMB and serves on the Selection Committee for the Houston/Galveston area Albert Schweitzer Research Fellows Program; on the Board of the City of Galveston Family, Children and Youth Board; on the Board of Directors of The Jesse Tree (Galveston, Texas); on the Executive Board of the International Society for Equity and Health; on the Coordinating Committee for the Houston-Galveston Area Council Sustainability Planning Grant; and on the National Advisory Committee for the National Association of City and County Health Officials/Centers for Disease Control project The Roots of Health Inequity. Dr. Nolen served on the Secretariat of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health between 2005 and 2007. Previously she was the Coordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance (2002-2004), a South Africa-based non-governmental organization focused on health equity initiatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Under the Division of Health and Human Development at the Pan American Health Organization (1999-2002), she helped to advance research and programming on issues of health equity for the organization.
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