The iRACE lab is excited to announce the addition of a new student!
Esther Piervil is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health at the University of Florida and a second year, McKnight Doctoral Fellow. Her research interest focus on improving health outcomes in under-served and under-represented minority populations. Specifically, Esther is interested in identifying and addressing the factors that influence health decisions and disease management among underserved racial/ethnic minorities. Esther received her Master of Public Health degree, concentrated in Health Policy and Management, from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance. As a first generation Gates Millennium Scholar, Esther is passionate about public health education and community level health promotion, as a means of reducing health disparities and negative health outcomes that exist among at-risk minority populations. She has participated in research projects associated with chronic disease prevention related to diabetes, nutrition, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer outcomes, and tobacco use. In addition to her research, Esther also enjoys mentoring and tutoring young adults, bike riding, and developing tasty heart smart food swap recipes. Esther is excited to be a part of the iRACE team focusing on participant outreach and support, engagement, recruitment and other administrative tasks.