Minority Rural Coronavirus Insights Study (MRCIS) - An inside look
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Makella S. Coudray, PHD, MPH
Epidemiologist
National Minority Quality Forum

Dr. Makella S. Coudray is an infectious disease epidemiologist with the National Minority Quality Forum and a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, 2020) in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Florida International University, a Master of Public Health (MPH, 2016) in Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Science (BSc, 2015) in Biology from St. George’s University (Grenada). Dr. Coudray hails from the beautiful twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago and has strong ties to Guyana (maternal heritage). Currently, Dr. Coudray’s work investigates sexual health disparities among marginalized populations- especially transgender women, and cisgender women of color- using a bio-behavioral lens. Specifically, she uses quantitative methods to examine the social determinants of sexual health risk factors. Additionally, her work also explores the impact of social and structural determinants of health on COVID-19 outcomes.

In her role at NMQF, Dr. Coudray is tasked with ensuring participant retention for the Minority and Rural Coronavirus Insights Study (MRCIS).

Latrice Landry, PhD
Instructor
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Latrice Landry is a translational genomicist with training in epidemiology, bioinformatics, and clinical molecular genetics. Her research focuses on the systematic integration of multiple genomic modalities into molecular diagnostics to aid in clinical decision-making. Dr. Landry’s process focuses on the use of bioinformatics pipelines as well as variant curation to incorporate genomic data in molecular diagnostics.

Christina Edwards, MHA
Director of Clinical Trials
National Minority Quality Forum

Christina Edwards began her academic career at Howard University, earning her Bachelor of Science. She later earned her Master of Health Administration from George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Years later she ventured into academic research at Weill Cornell Medicine, managing a multisite, NIH funded, pediatric study for children with Crohn’s disease. Now serving as the Clinical Trial Director for Center for Clinical and Social Research at NMQF, she aims to increase research trial participation among underserved and underrepresented populations.

Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, FACC, FAHA, FASNC, DABSM
Medical Director
Queens Heart Institute & Laurelton Heart Specialist PC

Dr. Akinboboye is currently a Clinical Professor of Cardiology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell. He completed his medical education at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in 1984. He obtained a Master of Public Health Degree from the School of Public health at Columbia University in 1998. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Business School in 2001.

William A. Meyer III Ph.D, D(ABMM), MLS (ASCP) CM
Medical and Technical Laboratory Consultant
Quest Diagnostics

Dr. Meyer is a Medical and Technical Laboratory Consultant for the entire Quest Diagnostics organization. He also has technical and consultative responsibility for the Clinical Pathology services provided in the Virology/Mycology/Molecular Biology areas for the Quest Diagnostics East Region facilities.

Shantoy Hansel, MPH
Research Associate
National Minority Quality Forum

Shantoy is a dedicated and accomplished researcher with a rich background in both laboratory sciences and public health epidemiology. Following her undergraduate studies, Shantoy immersed herself in various laboratory environments, gaining hands-on experience and honing her skills. In pursuit of deeper knowledge, she went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in 2020.

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