Health Equity Speaker Series - Julie Tippens


Join us at MHDI's Health Equity Speaker Series! The Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) links science, practice, policy, and training to improve the health and well-being of all Nebraska residents. For our September Health Equity Speaker Series event, we are pleased to host a presentation on "Visual and Participatory Approaches to Identify Refugees’ (Mental) Health-Promoting Resources: a Photovoice Study with Yazidi Women," by Julie Tippens.

Julie A. Tippens, DrPH, MPH is an assistant professor in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is a global health scholar with two decades of experience as a practitioner and researcher with populations affected by forced and survival migration in North America, Central America, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. Her current research focuses on refugees’ resilience- and health-promoting strategies in resettlement and humanitarian settings in the U.S., Kenya, and Tanzania. As an interdisciplinary, community-engaged investigator, Dr. Tippens blends ethnographic, participatory, and visual research methods to understand the socio-cultural and structural determinants of refugees’ health in diverse contexts.

Prior to UNL, Dr. Tippens worked with organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights, the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, and the National Cancer Institute to address migration and health and improve health equity. She has been invited to serve as a consultant and subject matter expert on refugee resilience and psychosocial health for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Kenya, the International Rescue Committee’s technical assistance program ("SwitchboardTA"), and the ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre/ARQ International (Netherlands). Her research has been published in top health and migration journals, including Qualitative Health Research, the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

When not working, Dr. Tippens loves drinking coffee and Zanzibar spiced tea, taking photographs, watching Swahili telenovelas, and spending time with her spouse, Mohamed.

The following event is FREE and OPEN to the public. We will be live streaming and recording the talk.You can register, and receive the connection information for this event, by clicking the button below or by using the following Zoom link: