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Carinne Brody, DrPH

Associate Director, Public Health Program

Associate Professor, Global Health Concentration, Public Health Program

Dr. Brody is associate professor and associate director of the Public Health Program at Touro University California. Her most recent research projects aim to examine and overcome the barriers to accessing health in care in low-resource settings specifically for at-risk youth and females. She is currently the principal investigator on a project aiming to improve mental health care access for female entertainment workers in Cambodia. She has conducted four large scale systematic reviews for funders and multilateral foreign aid organizations. She is an active member of the Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment, part of University of California Global Health Institute. She has a doctorate in public health from UC Berkeley and a joint Masters in Public Health and Economic Development from Columbia University in New York. She has been involved with programs and research for governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as foundations in the US, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Haiti, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia and India.




Deirdra Forté Wilson, MPH, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Public Health Program

She received her Master in Public Health in Community Health Science from the University of California Los Angeles and is currently a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley. The focus of her doctoral research is the influence of body mass index and co-morbidity on breast cancer survival. She has also conducted community based research on environmental exposures and asthma rates in children, community based breast cancer education and has an interest in the impact of psychosocial factors on ethnic and racial health disparities.




Alaina Star, MPH, CPH

Project Manager

Alaina received her MPH with an emphasis in Global Health from Touro University California. As a student she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Brody and assisted with many projects including the publication of a systematic review on the effectiveness of chat-based hotlines for health promotion. Before returning to graduate school she served as a dedicated advocate and counselor with survivors of gender-based violence. During this time she also focused on collaborating with community leaders in creating violence prevention programs in local school systems. She is very passionate about prevention, mental health, and community empowerment.




Valentina Kelly, MPH, CPH

Project Coordinator

Valentina Kelly graduated from Touro University California’s Master of Public Health program in January of 2019 with an emphasis in Community Health. Previously Valentina worked on the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Project for Vallejo. The purpose of the SIM map was to help identify opportunities for systems level interventions to improve Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) education and resources, such as Medication-Assisted Treatment, for the communities affected by OUD in Vallejo. Additionally, as a graduate student Valentina worked as part of the Youth in Action team led by Dr.Aalborg to integrate Public Health Inquiry and Youth Participatory Action Research within the BioMed Academy at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University, and has always been passionate about helping people and making sure their communities have the knowledge and resources to lead healthier lives.



If you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency:

  • Call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room
  • Contact TUC’s 24/7 live counselor at 707-638-5292 option 3
  • Contact the 24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741
  • Call Solano County Mental Health at 707-428-1131