University of California, Riverside

Center for Healthy Communities

Meet the Center for Healthy Communities Team

Meet the CHC Director, Faculty and Staff

  • Michelle Burroughs

    Michelle Burroughs, M.P.H. • FAO, Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health & Deputy Director, Center for Healthy Communities
    Michelle C. Burroughs, M.P.H. leads the Center for Healthy Communities in promoting community-based, community-partnered, and population health research. Prior to joining the University of California Riverside’s School of Medicine; Michelle was the director of Health and Evaluation at Orange County United Way. In support of the FACE 2024 Strategic Plan, she led efforts in developing and advancing United Way’s ten year health goal to increase the number of healthy youth by one-third. She created United Way’s evaluation plan for each community impact area: education, financial stability, health and housing; providing measured progress toward intended outcomes. Michelle has garnered broad experience as a public health professional in direct patient care, state and county public health program administration, implementation, evaluation and child health advocacy. Michelle brings a public health career of over 15 years, collaborating with diverse organizations to solve complex problems facing counties, cities, and school districts within the private, public and non-profit sectors.
  • Juliet McMullin

    Juliet McMullin, Ph.D. • Assoc. Dir. for Community Engagement
    Professor Juliet McMullin is a cultural and medical anthropologist who has worked at UC Riverside since 2004 and who joined the Center for Healthy Communities in 2014. McMullin's research interests include the political economy of health and the role of narrative in medical encounters.
    Read the biography of Juliet McMullin
  • Ashaunta Anderson

    Ashaunta Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. • Adjunct Professor
    Ashaunta Anderson is an adjunct professor at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine whose research explores the origins of health disparities in the social environments of early childhood. Her work is particularly focused on the impact of early school readiness on later academic achievement and related health outcomes. She is interested in the ways parents, health care providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders interact to support school readiness in all children.
    Read the biography of Ashaunta Anderson
  • Priya Batra

    Priya Batra, M.D., M.S. • Adjunct Professor
    Priya Batra, M.D., M.S., is an adjunct professor in residence at the UCR School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities.
    Read the biography of Priya Batra
  • Brandon Brown

    Brandon Brown, Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
    Brandon Brown is a health services researcher with an interest in global health who is an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
    Read the biography of Brandon Brown
  • Richard Carpiano

    Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D. • Professor of Public Policy and Sociology
    Richard Carpiano is professor of public policy and sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is a medical sociologist and population health scientist who studies how social factors, such as socioeconomic status, race-ethnicity, social connections, and community conditions, contribute to the physical and mental health of adults and children.
    Read the biography of Richard Carpiano on the Sociology website
  • Ann Cheney

    Ann Cheney, Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
    Ann Cheney is a health services researcher who is an assistant professor in the Center for Healthy Communities at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
    Read the biography of Ann Cheney
  • Bruce Link

    Bruce Link, Ph.D. • Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
    Bruce Link interests are centered on topics in psychiatric and social epidemiology. He has written on the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. Currently he is conducting research aimed at understanding health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, the consequences of social stigma for people with mental illnesses, and the connection between mental illnesses and violent behaviors.
    Read the biography of Bruce Link on the Sociology web site
  • Andrew Subica

    Andrew Subica, Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
    Andrew Subica is a health services researcher and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
    Read the biography of Andrew Subica
  • Zhiwei Zhang

    Zhiwei Zhang, Ph.D. • Associate Professor, Director of Statistical Collaboratory
    Professor Zhiwei Zhang joined UCR in September, 2016, after 11 years of federal service at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health. He has collaborated with epidemiologists and other health researchers on many studies, including the Naturalistic Teenage Driving Study, which examined risky driving behaviors of newly licensed teenage drivers, and the Consortium on Safe Labor, a large observation study that described contemporary labor progression and birth outcomes in the United States.
    Read the biography of Zhiwei Zhang on the Statistial Consulting Collaboratory website

Administrative and Research Support Staff

  • Michelle Jaramillo • Administrative Assistant 
  • Rita Rodriguez

    Rita Rodriguez • Financial Analyst
    Rita Rodriguez is the financial analyst for the Center for Healthy Communities. She has a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Riverside and a master’s in public relations from Cal Baptist University. She worked at the UCR School of Medicine Dean's Office prior to joining the center.

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