Vanessa Alicia Chee is a Senior Research Scientist on the Research & Evaluation team at HRiA. Prior to joining HRiA, she graduated with her doctorate (PhD) in Public Health in 2018 from the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida. She has worked with and among Indigenous, African-Americans and Latinos across projects that span topics related to cancer, nutrition, and vaccine hesitancy in the US. Internationally, she has conducted research and policy development in Ecuador, Panama, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and Barbados. Her interests include the application of mixed methods regarding chronic disease prevention, health equity, lifestyle assessment and health system capacity building to improve equity for underserved populations in the United States and within developing countries.