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July 2021 – Dina García

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Dina T. García, is a Xicana scholar born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and raised in Milwaukee, Wisc. Currently she serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she directs the Kalpulli Research Group and is also a faculty affiliate with the iCubed Oral Health Transdisciplinary Core. Her research program examines the social and structural determinants of oral health inequities with the goal of developing community-based interventions targeted at different causal pathways. She is formally trained in community-based participatory research, qualitative and quantitative methods as well as science communication. Her freelance work has appeared in popular publications such as CNN Español. García was selected for the inaugural cohort of the AADR MIND the Future Program funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She is a graduate of the 2016 Linton-Poodry Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Leadership Institute, founder of Cientificas de Milwaukee and a 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow.

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