Charlene is a health equity and environmental justice advocate seeking to contribute to a more conscious, integrated present and sustainable future. She enjoys working with others to co-create platforms and coalitions that promote equitable, innovative, and ecologically harmonious communities for knowledge and resource sharing.
During her seven years of residency in New York City, she served as a community relations coordinator and clinical health program manager for chronic disease care (diabetes, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS, pediatric asthma, and opioid addiction) in community health centers. As a public health graduate student, her research explored the intersection of health outcomes, environmental pollution, the built environment, social justice, and climate change. She returns to California and joins IURD to continue a career in multisectoral partnership building for community-centered climate resiliency research and initiatives.