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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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