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CHE Welcomes 2023-2024 MACCHE Scholars!


The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity (CHE) is pleased to introduce the 2023-2024 Mid-Atlantic Center for Cardiometabolic Health Equity (MACCHE) Scholars cohort.

The MACCHE Scholars pilot project program is part of the MACCHE Investigator Development Core and seeks to support innovative research related to cardiometabolic disease disparities. MACCHE Scholars are given opportunities to learn from experts in the field of cardiometabolic research, who provide career guidance and mentorship. By providing pilot research funding in combination with structured mentoring, MACCHE’s Pilot Award Program hopes to promote innovative, multi-disciplinary chronic disease disparities research and enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

This year’s MACCHE Scholars cohort includes researchers from several top research institutions who will be conducting studies across a wide range of topics, including disparities in kidney health, pediatric nutrition, and patient

Learn more about this year’s cohort and their research!

Cindy Cai


Cindy Cai, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University
Project title: Eliminating Health Disparities in Diabetic Retinopathy Care

















Mika Matsuzaki


Mika Matsuzaki, PhD, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Project Title: Sources of Obesogenic Food Among Adolescents in School Settings










Dipal Patel


Dipal Patel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Project title: Disparities in Utilization of an Electronic Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (ePROM) in Kidney Care
















Abdou Senghor


Abdou Senghor, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Pharmacy
Project title: Using an Ethical Deliberation Approach to Address the Ethical Challenges Related to the Enrollment of African Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease in US Health Registries










Aly Strauss


Aly Strauss, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Project title: Data-Driven Identification and Video-Based Education of Black and Hispanic Patients At-Risk for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
















Allison Sylvetsky


Allison Sylvetsky, PhD
Associate Professor, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
Project title: DC-SIPS: Decreasing Children’s Sugar Intake through Pediatricians and Social Marketing












Kathryn Taylor


Kathryn Taylor, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Project Title: Participatory Action Research with Young Adults on Dialysis Living in Disinvested Communities to Inform Future Health Equity Interventions