Carmen Mitchell is a criminal justice policy analyst the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Her research interests include racism and community health outcomes, and she is part of The Afya Project within the University of Louisville Department of Health Promotion, which is focused on promoting HIV education and PrEP usage among young Black-Americans. She completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University in Louisville and previously worked as a researcher with the Envirome Institute, the UofL Department of Infectious Diseases and the Center for Health Organization Transformation.
Addressing racism requires a diverse health services research (HSR) workforce. A team of researchers is now fielding a survey on perceptions of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The eventual findings will help address the lack of progress in in the HSR field.