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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.

Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH, FACP
OXIHER Director, Ochsner Health; Professor, Ochsner Clinical School - University of Queensland
Dr. Eboni Price-Hay­wood, MD, MPH, FACP is a Gen­er­al Inter­nal Med­i­cine spe­cial­ist, Med­icalDirec­tor for Ochsner Health’s Healthy State ini­tia­tive and the Ochsner Xavier Insti­tute for Health Equityand…
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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
Associate Medical Director for Primary Care-River Region; Ochsner Health Ambulatory Quality Leader
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 18 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, MAS, FACOG
Advocacy and Health Policy, Ochsner Health
Dr. Veron­i­ca Gillispie-Bell is a Board-Cer­ti­fied Obste­tri­cian & Gyne­col­o­gist and Asso­ci­atePro­fes­sor for Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. She serves as the Senior Site Leadand Section…
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Catherine Levendis, JD
Advocacy and Health Policy, 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
Community Engagement, 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
VP Equity and Healthy State
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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Elizabeth Grush
AVP of Healthy State
With 11 years of expe­ri­ence in health­care, Eliz­a­beth brings a wealth of skills in strate­gic plan­ning, engage­ment man­age­ment, and pro­gram man­age­ment. As a cer­ti­fied Project Man­age­ment Professional…
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Steven Crimaldi
Strategic Program Manager, Healthy State
Steven began his work in pub­lic health start­ing with the Clin­ton Health Access Ini­tia­tive and then the Boston Uni­ver­si­ty School of Pub­lic Health. His work has tak­en him to Ethiopia, Ghana, India and…
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Jewel Harden-Barrios, MEd
Strategic Program Manager, Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity Research, Ochsner Health
Jew­el Hard­en-Bar­rios, MEd (Exer­cise Phys­i­ol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of New Orleans), has more than two decades of research expe­ri­ence encom­pass­ing school-based well­ness inter­ven­tions, out­comes and health…
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Nia Mason, PhD
Advocacy and Health Policy, Xavier University of Louisiana
Dr. Nia Mason is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana. She earned both her Master’s in Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Ph.D. in Media and Pub­lic Affairs from…
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Nicole Summers
Program Manager, Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research, Xavier University of Louisiana
Nicole Sum­mers is the Pro­gram Man­ag­er for OXI­HER on the Xavier team. She man­ages the program’s day-to-day bud­get­ing needs and assists the program’s direc­tor and dyad lead­ers. She’s approach­ing her…
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Bianca Cook, MBA, BSN, RN
Director, Community Health & Health Equity Strategic Initiatives
Orig­i­nal­ly from LaPlace, Louisiana, Bian­ca Cook grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing in 2016. Dur­ing her nurs­ing career, she direct­ed employee…
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Nicole Villemarette-Pittman, PhD.
System Director Clinical Research
Nicole R. Ville­marette-Pittman, PhD, is a Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Research at Ochsner Health in New Orleans. She joined Ochsner in Jan­u­ary 2022 with over­sight of the Neu­ro­science Research Cen­ter of…
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Nick Duesbery, PhD.
Assistant Vice-President of Research at Ochsner Health
After receiv­ing a B.Sc. in biol­o­gy from Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty in Cana­da, Dr. Dues­bery earned his M.Sc. and a Ph.D. study­ing the cell cycle in Xeno­pus lae­vis at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to under the…
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