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OXIHER

The Ochsner-Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research is guided by a multidisciplinary leadership team aimed at developing and implementing a coordinated strategy to address health inequities in our community.

Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH, FACP
OXIHER Director, Ochsner Health; Professor, Ochsner Clinical School - University of Queensland
Dr. Price-Hay­wood is a Gen­er­al Internist and Pro­fes­sor at the UQ-Ochsner Clin­i­cal School. She spent her career focus­ing on dis­ease pre­ven­tion, health pro­mo­tion and care deliv­ery improve­ments, with a…
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Christopher Williams, PhD
OXIHER Director, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Williams is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in Phar­ma­col­o­gy and Chair of the Divi­sion of Basic Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ences in Xavier’s Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege of Phar­ma­cy. Over the past decade, Dr. Williams’…
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Victoria Smith MD, FAAFP
Health Equity Council Chair, Ochsner Health
Dr. Vic­to­ria McGhee Smith is a Fam­i­ly Physi­cian and Asso­ciate Med­ical Direc­tor for St. Charles Parish Hos­pi­tal and Pri­ma­ry Care for the Riv­er Region at Ochsner Health. She cur­rent­ly serves on the…
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Chamika Hawkins-Taylor, MHA, PhD
Outcomes Research, Xavier University of Louisiana
Chami­ka Hawkins-Tay­lor is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Col­lege of Phar­ma­cy at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana. She received her PhD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta, Col­lege of Phar­ma­cy with an…
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Beau Raymond, MD, FACP
Population Health, Ochsner Health
Dr. Ray­mond is a Board-Cer­ti­fied Internist now serv­ing as the Med­ical Direc­tor of Ochsner Health Net­work and Med­ical Direc­tor and Pres­i­dent of Ochsner Physi­cian Part­ners. He is cur­rent­ly serv­ing on…
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Amy Thierry, PhD, MPH
Population Health, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Amy Thier­ry is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health Sci­ences at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty Louisiana. She com­plet­ed her BS in Bio­log­i­cal Sci­ences from LSU in Baton Rouge and holds an…
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Deborah Grimes, RN, JD, MSHQS
Health Careers & Equity Education, Ochsner Health
Deb­o­rah Grimes serves as Ochsner Health’s first VP Chief of Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion. She received a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing from UAB worked as Reg­is­tered Nurse for 10 years. She grad­u­at­ed from…
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Missy Hopson, PhD
Health Careers & Equity Education, Ochsner Health
Mis­sy Hop­son serves as Vice Pres­i­dent of Tal­ent Man­age­ment in Human Resources at Ochsner Health. She leads her team in devel­op­ing a diverse tal­ent pipeline to sup­port top qual­i­ty patient care. In her…
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Florastina Payton-Stewart, PhD
Health Careers & Equity Education, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Flo­rasti­na Pay­ton-Stew­art serves as Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Asso­ciate Provost for Fac­ul­ty Affairs and Fac­ul­ty Admin­is­tra­tive Fel­low for Diver­si­ty and Inclu­sion at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana. She…
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Yvens Laborde, MD
Community Engagement, Ochsner Health
Dr. Labor­de, is Board Cer­ti­fied in Inter­nal Med­i­cine and cur­rent­ly serves as the Med­ical Direc­tor of Glob­al Health Edu­ca­tion and as an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of med­i­cine for the Ochsner UQ/​Clinical…
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Tonia Moore, MA, MSHCM
Community Engagement, Ochsner Health
Tonia R. Moore cur­rent­ly serves as the direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment for Ochsner Health. She has over 16 years of equi­ty-focused lead­er­ship and expe­ri­ence both in pub­lic health pol­i­cy and…
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Margarita Echeverri, MSc, PhD
Community Engagement, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Echev­er­ri serves as Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and Edu­ca­tion­al Coor­di­na­tor in Health Dis­par­i­ties, Cul­tur­al Com­pe­tence and Diver­si­ty at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana Col­lege of Phar­ma­cy. She is a social…
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Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD, FACOG, MS
Advocacy & Government Relations, Ochsner Health
Dr. Veron­i­ca Gillispie-Bell is a Board-Cer­ti­fied Obste­tri­cian & Gyne­col­o­gist and Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor for Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. She serves as the Senior Site Lead and Section…
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Catherine Levendis, JD
Advocacy & Government Relations, Ochsner Health
Cather­ine Lev­endis is the Assis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent of Gov­ern­ment Rela­tions for Ochsner Health. She received her Juris Doc­tor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Cen­ter and her Mas­ter of Social Work from…
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William Kirchain, PharmD, CDCES
Advocacy & Government Relations, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Kir­chain is the Direc­tor of the Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege of Phar­ma­cy Health and Well­ness Cen­ter. He over­sees a large com­mu­ni­ty-based prac­tice focused on the pre­ven­tion and ear­ly detec­tion of…
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Susan Olet, PhD
OXIHER Biostatistician, Ochsner Health
Susan Olet is a Bio­sta­tis­ti­cian for OXI­HER. She has over 22 years of expe­ri­ence in design­ing, imple­ment­ing, and ana­lyz­ing obser­va­tion­al stud­ies and iden­ti­fy­ing dis­ease risk fac­tors and determinants…
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Nariman Ammar, PhD
Health Informatics Researcher, Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research, Ochsner Health
Dr. Nari­man Ammar is a Health Infor­mat­ics Researcher at OXI­HER and an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Com­put­er Sci­ence at Illi­nois State Uni­ver­si­ty. She received her PhD in Com­put­er Sci­ence from Wayne State…
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Elizabeth Howard, PhD, MSPH
Sr. Epidemiologist, Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity & Research, Ochsner Health
Eliz­a­beth Howard is an Epi­demi­ol­o­gist for OXI­HER. She received her PhD in Epi­demi­ol­o­gy from Tulane Uni­ver­si­ty School of Pub­lic Health and Trop­i­cal Med­i­cine with train­ing and research expe­ri­ence in…
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Ariyon C. Bryant, DrPH, MPH
Strategic Program Manager, Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity & Research, Ochsner Health
Dr. Ariy­on C. Bryant is a Strate­gic Pro­gram Man­ag­er for OXI­HER. She received her DrPH in Glob­al Com­mu­ni­ty Health and Behav­ioral Sci­ences from Tulane Uni­ver­si­ty School of Pub­lic Health and Tropical…
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