Health Disparities: Staff

Health Disparities Project Staff at OHSU

Willi Horner-Johnson, Subaward Principal Investigator -- Willi is a Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU.She attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a PhD in Community Psychology with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement.Her research interests include disability-related disparities in health and access to care, health promotion for people with disabilities, and measurement of health-related quality of life among adults with disabilities.In 2009, Willi received a New Investigator Award from the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).She currently serves as Treasurer of the APHA Disability Section and she co-founded the Disability Section of the Oregon Public Health Association.

Konrad Dobbertin, Data Analyst --Konrad is new to the field of disability research and advocacy.He received his BS in Microbiology at Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College that focuses on integration of sciences and humanities.Subsequently he moved to Oregon and earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from OHSU.His interest in social determinants of health and wellbeing intersects with research that elucidates disparities in healthcare access, utilization and health outcomes among people with disabilities.

Maya Rowland, Research Assistant -- Maya received her BA in Child and Family Studies specializing in Youth Work at Portland State University. She has since worked with a number of underserved populations including youth in the juvenile justice system, homeless youth, youth in foster care, and individuals with disabilities.She has also been involved in environmental education. Maya joined the Institute on Development and Disability as a graduate research assistant while earning her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Promotion through the Oregon MPH program at Portland State University.Maya has had opportunities to work on a number of health promotion and research projects and is primarily interested in identifying disparities and filling gaps in services for underserved populations.

Amy Sharer, Student Assistant – Amy contributes to several projects in the Disability and Health Research Group at OHSU.These include Project Intersect, the DRRP: Health Disparities Project, and the Oregon Office on Disability and Health. Amy is a 2009 recipient of the "Making A Difference in Disability" award in the Youth Achievement Category, awarded by the City of Portland and the Portland Commission on Disability Everywhere she goes, Tux goes with her.

In addition, Expert Panel member Elena Andresen is now part of the OHSU faculty.