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Alexandra (Lexi) Bambas Nolen PhD, MPH, serves as the Director of the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and Director ad interim of the Global Health Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She is also a Steering Committee Member of the Galveston Global Health Consortium and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Community Health, and Internal Medicine, and Associate Faculty in the Institute for the Medical Humanities. In her capacity as Director of the CEHD, Dr. Nolen has developed program areas on reducing health inequities through the Health System and Social Determinants of Health, and has developed training materials on Leadership Skills for Social Change in Health as well as advanced research and training in Global Health. Dr. Nolen developed UTMB’s first campus- wide course on global health, the Global Health Interprofessional Core Course, which is a partnership with synergy and includes faculty from all four of UTMB’s schools. At the CEHD, Dr. Nolen is also currently overseeing an NIH-funded initiative to address Health in All Policies in Galveston’s local recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. Dr. Nolen served on the Secretariat of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health from 2005 – 2007, focused on advancing intersectoral action for health to reduce health inequities. Previously she was the Coordinator of the Global Equity Gauge Alliance (2002-2004), a South Africa-based non- governmental organization focused on health equity initiatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Under the Division of Health and Human Development at the Pan American Health Organization (1999-2002), she helped to advance research and programming on issues of health equity for the organization. She has experience coordinating community-based research and interventions as well as policy development on issues of health inequities and public health in a number of country contexts. Her work encompasses issues of local approaches to addressing social determinants of health, health systems development in Southern and Eastern Africa, health information systems development, strategies for advancing health equity on the political agenda, the impact of globalization and trade on health in Africa, and development of training materials on health equity and the social determinants of health. She is especially interested in translation of research for policy, and research-to-policy processes. She has undertaken research with the Karolinska Institute as well as Equinet (the Regional Network for Equity in Southern Africa) and has received grant funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency, the Karolinska Institute, and the (USA) National Institutes of Health. She has edited or co-authored 3 books, and been an author on 4 book chapters as well as 16 articles and commissioned manuscripts.
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