Editorial Team

2021 Editorial Board 

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From top to bottom, left to right: Marco Morales, Serena Xiong, Tara Cantwell, Drew Gerber, Emilija Motivans, Annie Youngblood, Delaine Anderson, Grant Zastoupil, Faiza Hassan, Chao Yang, Madeline Turbes.              

Serena Xiong, PhD Candidate (Social/Behavioral Epidemiology): Executive Editor

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Serena (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the Social/Behavioral Epidemiology program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. As a Hmong-American, Serena grew up experiencing and witnessing many health inequities in her community. Her constant exposure to unfair and unequal treatment in predominantly white institutions and settings has emboldened her to tackle health inequities upstream – through policy and structural changes and community engagement. 


Drew Gerber, MPH Student (Public Health Administration & Policy): Managing Editor

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Drew (he/him) is a first-year graduate student at the School of Public Health. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs before attending Northwestern University to study journalism and global health. Prior to enrolling at the U, he covered House and Senate political campaigns as a journalist in Washington, D.C. With a particular interest in Medicaid, Drew hopes to study how policy is translated from the federal level down through the county level and to emphasize equity in policy-making. As managing editor at PHR, Drew will focus on building the journal’s relationships with public health-centric organizations in the Twin Cities and the region, in addition to overseeing the publication process. In the rare moments he’s not online, Drew enjoys taking walks with his dog Olive, cooking, and trying to plan trips to all of Minnesota’s state parks.


Marco Morales, MPH Student (Public Health Administration and Policy): Production Editor

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Marco (he/him) is a first year MPH student at the University of Minnesota where he is studying Public Health Administration and Policy. Marco graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a B.S. in Biology in 2017 and has been working in the laboratory world since. He is looking forward to establishing a new network in the public health world and providing his technical experience to PHR.

Grant Zastoupil, MPH Student (Community Health Promotion, minor in Health Equity): Evaluation Editor

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Grant (he/him) is a first-year Masters of Public Health student studying Community Health Promotion with a minor in Health Equity. He is interested in pursuing just health processes and outcomes for all people and community engaged research and evaluations. Grant is an AmeriCorps alumni, having proudly served at Mildred Osborne Charter School in New Orleans and an alumni of the UMN College of Biological Sciences where he earned a BS in Genetics and Cellular Biology. He is excited to bring his dedication to equity and justice his role on the Public Health Review and to engage with the PHR community to share and build information and action.

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Chao Yang, MPH Student (Executive Public Health Administration and Policy): Podcast Editor 

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Chao Yang (she/her) is an MPH student in the Executive Public Health Administration and Policy program at the University of Minnesota. Chao brings over 10 years of experience working in health innovation, health equity and community health. She currently works for St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health as a Senior Health Educator building connection, collaboration and ownership across cross-functional teams to focus on preventive chronic disease health and whole person-centered care. Chao is especially passionate about maximizing cross-sector efforts that result in solutions that have a wide-ranging positive impact on community. She is experienced in working with non-profit, government and corporate organizations, and serves as a strategic health partner, facilitator and trainer.


Madeline Turbes, MPH Student (Public Health Administration and Policy): Podcast Editor

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Madeline (she/her) is a first year masters student in Public Health Administration and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Madeline is interested in mental health, maternal and child health, aging, and health equity policy. In 2016 Madeline graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English Literature. She spent four years working at The Minnesota Epilepsy Group as a neuropsychology testing technician which prompted her interest in public health and health care systems. She is excited to bring public health stories and voices of the community to the Public Health Review Perspectives podcast.

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Tara Cantwell, MPH Student (Community Health Promotion): Copy Editor

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Tara (she/her) is a first-year graduate student at the School of Public Health. Originally from Pennsylvania, she received her B.A. in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. Tara is particularly interested in exploring how college campuses can be healthier and more equitable communities. As one of the copy editors at PHR, she looks forward to supporting diverse student voices through the publishing process. Outside of PHR, Tara enjoys yoga, cross-stitching and cooking.


Emilijia Motivans, MPH Student (Community Health Promotion): Copy Editor

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Emilija (she/her) is a first-year graduate student in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.S.N. from Virginia Commonwealth University and has practiced as a registered nurse for the past five years in Oncology, HIV/Infectious Disease, and Community Health. Some of that time was spent as a travel nurse crisscrossing the country to work short-term assignments where help was needed. Emilija is passionate about a wide variety of public health issues pertaining to access to care, health equity, and global health, just to name a few. She is excited to be a part of an editorial board with a focus on empowering writers and a commitment to highlighting underrepresented voices. In her free time, Emilija likes watching documentaries, crocheting, and hiking.


Annie Youngblood, MPH Student (Epidemiology, minor in Biostatistics): Section Editor

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Annie (she/her) is a first year MPH student studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and came to the twin cities for college at the University of St. Thomas where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Justice & Peace Studies. Annie is passionate about health equity and is most interested in studying social epidemiology and the impact of policy on health behavior. With a firm belief in the power of storytelling, she hopes that during her time on the editorial board, PHR can highlight the unique lens of an op-ed, the compelling perspective of research, and the contextual stories told by lit reviews, in an effort to elevate our health standards to be equitable and accessible.


Faiza Hassan, Health Equity Champion, MPH Student (Community Health Promotion, minor in Epidemiology): Section Editor

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Faiza (she/her) is a first year graduate student in the Community Health Promotion MPH program at the University of Minnesota. She is a strong advocate for health equity and focuses on decreasing/dismantling the health disparities gap. She is a first generational student intent on shattering glass ceilings and tackling systemic and institutional racism. Originally a Georgia native, she now considers Minnesota a second home. Faiza completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in 2016. Prior to returning to school, she worked at Regions Hospital for three years. She is very excited about bringing in a diverse perspective to the Public Health Review and looks forward to learning more about the stimulating research occurring at the U!

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Delaine Anderson, MPH Student (Maternal and Child Health, minor in Epidemiology): Marketing Editor

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Delaine (she/her) is a first-year Masters student in Public Health at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, currently studying Maternal & Child Health with minors in Epidemiology and Health Services Research. She is originally from Chino Hills, California, but did her undergraduate in Exercise Science with a minor in Women Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. During her graduate degree, she has done research investigating income inequalities for MN women and is preparing to apply for medical school to become a rural OB-GYN. She hopes to serve the PHR mission by amplifying its goals and increasing the recruitment of underrepresented authors.

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Founding Editorial Board (2018). From left to right: Emily Nagel (Copy Editor), Kellen Schalter (Marketing Editor), Fadzai Manungo (Founding Co-Executive Editor), Amelia Harju (Founding Co-Executive Editor), Mariana Tuttle (Managing Editor), Allison Danish (Production Editor). Not pictured: Kelsey Schertz (Copy Editor).