The University of Texas at San Antonio
Distinguished Lecture Series 

Researching Health Outcomes in Racially Ambiguous Populations

The University of Texas at San Antonio College for Health, Community and Policy & AIR present the Pipeline Partnership Program Distinguished Lecture Series

Three-fourths of Latinos refused to identify themselves into the official United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) racial categories in the 2020 census. Over half the babies born in California have mothers and fathers from different single-race groups. Race is one of the major variables used to track health outcomes.


How do investigators conduct research with racially ambiguous populations?

Date: Wed, April 24, 2024

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (CST)

Location: Main Building 0.208

Do you have any questions ahead of our event?  Contact: The P3 Team at AIR

Meet Presenter

Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista

David E. Hayes-Bautista is Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in the Division of General Internal Medicine. For over three decades he has researched the Latino Epidemiological Paradox and its implications for populations (infants, maternal, adolescents, immigrants, elderly, farmworkers, undocumented,) chronic diseases (heart, cancer, diabetes, etc.) communicable diseases (HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis A, tuberculosis, etc.) and health behaviors (tobacco use, diet, physical activity, etc.) His research in health services delivery currently focuses on developing metrics for population health that have predictive power with Latino populations, and on developing measures of health disparities that do not rely on the current race/ethnic categories. His earlier work in health services research focused on Latino provider shortages (physician, nurses, dentists,) access to health insurance and access to primary care.

Learn more about David E. Hayes-Bautista here

Meet AIR Staff

Jillian Reynolds  

Jillian Reynolds is a program officer at AIR. Reynolds works with AIR leadership on the AIR Equity Initiative to implement strategic efforts that connect research, policy, and practice to advance AIR’s mission. She co-leads the Scholars and Leaders Awards, which aims to expand the diversity of project leads informing research, technical assistance, and systems change at AIR. In addition, she manages the Pipeline Partnership Program (P3) which engages with graduate-level students and faculty at Georgia State University in Atlanta; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; and The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Learn more about Jillian Reynolds here

Arayle Freels

Arayle Freels is a program manager with the AIR Equity Initiative. She leads the Equity Initiative’s engagement and communications efforts to extend the reach of its programs and encourage dialogue, mutual learning, and action across stakeholder groups. Additionally, she co-leads the Equity in Education Policy Implementation grant program, which supports efforts to enhance educational experiences for all students. In her roles, Freels helps to implement and define the Equity Initiative’s programmatic agenda for the educational equity grant program and strategic communications plan.

Learn more about Arayle Freels here

Karina Jenkins

Karina J. Jenkins is the executive assistant to the AIR Equity Initiative. In this capacity, she provides general administrative support to Executive Director Rashawn Ray. In addition to managing Dr. Ray’s daily schedule, she supports him with Board of Director meeting preparation, coordinates the preparation of meeting materials, and executing Equity Initiative event planning. Additionally, Jenkins works collaboratively with the Equity Initiative team to develop and implement processes and procedures that will allow her to provide effective administrative support to all members on the team and their various projects.

Prior to joining AIR, Jenkins worked in the higher education field. During her tenure at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County at the Universities at Shady Grove, she served as the assistant director for graduate enrollment, pathways, and partnerships. Jenkins received her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland-College Park.

Meet UTSA Faculty Host

Dr. Johnelle Sparks

Dr. Johnelle Sparks is a Professor of Demography and Associate Dean for Faculty Success and Administration in the College for Health, Community and Policy at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been with the department since the Fall 2006 and has worked extensively mentoring doctoral students completing the applied demography doctoral program.  

Learn more about Dr. Johnelle Sparks here