Tonya L. Fancher, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Fancher is the Associate Dean of Workforce innovation and Community Engagement. A primary care trained general internist, Dr. Fancher spent four years in the US Air Force and completed her MPH and Outcomes Research Fellowship at UC Davis in 2004. For the past ten years, she has been principal investigator for undergraduate and graduate medical education Title VII Primary Care Training and Enhancement grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Her HRSA efforts were inspired by her own experience in a Title VII primary care residency program at New York University/Bellevue Hospital. She founded and currently leads UC Davis pathways for learners committed to primary care and underserved populations. She is the principal investigator on an American Medical Association grant and created the only 3-year accelerated medical school pathway on the west coast. Eighty percent of students enrolled in the pathways she leads are underrepresented minorities in medicine. She has received numerous teaching awards and national recognition for her community engagement activities and contributions to diversity.
Efrain Talamantes, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.H.P.M.
Dr. Talamantes is a general internist and Co-Director for the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce. His research focuses on the Latino pre-health pipeline and predictors of primary care practice among medical school applicants. His work documents the importance of the community college pathway for underrepresented minority medical school applicants and as a predictor of intention to practice in underserved communities.
Mallory Johnson, M.P.A.
Mallory Johnson is the associate director for the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce at UC Davis. In that role, she provides administrative leadership over two grant projects supporting interprofessional clinical education for medical, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students in the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. She joined the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement, where she led projects related to hospital policy and quality improvement analytics. Prior to her time at UC Davis, she completed a Presidential Management Fellowship with the VA Northern California Health Care System. She earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama.
Aileen Arevalo, B.S.
Aileen Arevalo is the Junior Specialist for the CDHW. She assists with dissemination activities and supports data collection, reporting, and the implementation and evaluation of research activities related to the HRSA-sponsored grant. Aileen is a UC Davis alumna with a Bachelor's in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and will be a rising first-year medical student in summer 2018.
Arra Jane Concepcion, B.A.
Arra Concepcion joined the CDHW as the Center Logistics Analyst and supports the Center’s research, communities of practice, and dissemination missions. Prior to joining the Center, Arra supported the Chair and CAO of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Most recently, she served as the Operations Assistant to the Health Sciences Development and Alumni Relations department. Arra is a UC Davis graduate with a Bachelor’s in English and History.
Gisela Escalera, M.S.W.
Gisela supports the Center’s research and dissemination cores part-time. Her other work involves research project coordination, patient recruitment, delivering interventions in English and Spanish, preparation of IRB documents, and community engagement.
Peter Franks, M.D., M.S., Ed
Dr. Franks is a nationally recognized researcher with extensive experience in study design, data analysis and research mentorship. He chairs the UC Davis School of Medicine Admissions Committee. His research focuses on health disparities, primary care, and healthcare delivery. Dr. Franks has forged a rigorous, data-driven approach to improving recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds. Recent accomplishments include: development of a validated composite measure of applicant socioeconomic disadvantage (or “distance traveled”) based on AMCAS variables beyond race and ethnicity categories (Journal of Healthcare for Poor and Underserved 2015); examined performance of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) (Academic Medicine 2015); and examined the role of students’ personality on MMI performance (Academic Medicine 2012). His research efforts have helped UC Davis to recruit the most diverse medical student class in California.
Charlene Green, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Ms. Green leads the facilitation of COP groups, ensuring that stakeholders and community partners achieve success in creating and implementing Diversity Action plans. She is the Manager for Student Development Office at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She oversees all aspects of comprehensive student support services for the M.D. Program, including but not limited to advising, global health, health policy, and beyond. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ms. Green has over 12 years of experience in social and human services, and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology. She has previously provided counseling services within healthcare, academia and a workforce development in a non-profit setting. She has a special interest in diversifying healthcare and addressing healthcare disparities within underserved populations.
Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PH.D., R.N.
Dr. Ackerman-Barger is assistant adjunct professor at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She provides a nursing and FNP/PA perspective and helps guide the Center to include inter-professional colleagues and develop a research agenda focused on nursing diversity. Her academic interest relate to health equity and social justice. She has a particular interest in the preparation of nurse leaders and nurse educators with the capability and desire to promote diversity in nursing school as a mechanism for increasing nursing workforce diversity.
Mark Henderson, M.D.
As Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach at UC Davis, Dr. Henderson implemented a holistic review process and Multiple Mini Interview, developed a web-based admissions system in 2008, and launched the use of Multiple Mini Interview in 2010 to assess applicant communication and teamwork skills. He has over 25 years of experience in medical education and HRSA supported innovations, and is a highly regarded clinician-educator and leader in general internal medicine education.
Lindia Willies-Jacobo, M.D.
Dr. Willies-Jacobo is a pediatrician, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships and Director of the Program in Medical Education - Health Equity at UC San Diego. Her scholarly work demonstrates that medical school pathways focused on health equity and underserved care attract more underrepresented students than traditional pathways. In collaboration with the center, she proposes to expand this project to analyze long term outcomes from the four other UC schools offering pathways focused on underserved care.