Health Equality Analysts
Korey Jackson, MS, is Senior Health Equity Analyst for I-HOPE's Northwest Region. Prior to coming to Purdue, Korey served Harris County in Houston, Texas—the third most populous county in the country—as its public health chronic disease manager where he implemented several community-based, chronic disease self-management programs, provided community interventions, and offered innovative self-management technical devices. He also worked as a CDC public health associate to increase healthy behaviors in at-risk communities through expanded chronic disease services; and managed and implemented environmental health regulations for Indy northwest and eastside residential and business properties through the Marion County Public Health Department. Korey holds a master’s degree from IU in Health and Safety Management, and he is a mental health coaching first-responder.
Tisha Reid is the Senior Health Equity Analyst for I-HOPE's Northeast Region. Prior to coming to Purdue, Tisha assisted in building strategic frameworks to address cancer control, gaps in service, and social determinants of health as Lead for the CTSI Connections IN Health Health Equity & Cancer Control project and Cancer Liaison to the Simon Cancer Center. With more than 25 years in public health, Tisha is recognized as a health equity advocate and community mobilizer who has developed mobile health programs, worked in community-engaged research, and implemented best practices to improve the health of marginalized communities. She serves on the Governor-appointed Interagency Black & Minority Health Council, Indiana Health Disparities Task Force, Indiana CTSI's Health Equity & Racial Justice Task Force, and IDOH Vaccine Messaging Task Force. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, AAUW Salary Negotiation Facilitator, author, and ordained minister.
Sylvia Saxena, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is Senior Health Equity Analyst for I-HOPE's West Region. With parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, Sylvia is the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor's degree. She put her nursing degree to work at Purdue’s Family Health Clinic of Monon and then helped to start up the Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) program in Lafayette. In that role, she was able to provide a free, but limited, set of services mostly restricted to preventative interventions to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women. Having lived the majority of her life as a disadvantaged minority, Sylvia has first-hand experience of the obstacles and struggles minority families and women face. Wanting to do more to help, she obtained her master's degree from Purdue's Family Nurse Practitioner program so that she could focus on Women's Health and Prenatal care.
Cynthia Bennett is Senior Health Equity Analyst for I-HOPE's Central Region. She comes to Purdue from Roche Diagnostics where she served as Psychological Safety Lead, working within the not-for-profit space to meet the needs of underserved communities. She worked in a leadership capacity for Roche's African American Business Resource Group and its Women in Leadership group. She served as campus lead for JA JobSpark’s Advanced Manufacturing, and led numerous volunteer efforts to meet the needs of vulnerable populations including, but not limited to, the Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair, Winter Coat Distribution for Children in Need, the Indianapolis Urban League, Indianapolis Public Schools, Mozel Sanders food distribution, and Pack-Away-Hunger. Cynthia holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and serves on the board of Women & Hi Tech as its K-12 Outreach Director.
Tamara Finn is Senior Health Equity Analyst for I-HOPE's Northwest Region-Elkhart. Prior to coming to Purdue, Tamara supported Indiana clinicians in understanding and meeting the requirements of numerous national and state quality initiatives, including the Quality Payment Program. She was an advisor for the QPP Resource Center™ for the Midwest; a project facilitator for the Healthy Hearts in the Heartland research project; and served Indiana providers through the Indiana Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Programs. She joined the Purdue Regional Extension Center in 2014 to support providers in the adoption of electronic health records and the fulfilling of and attestation to Meaningful Use standards. Previously, Tamara worked in business development with the Michiana Health Information Network and for Quest Diagnostics as a technology sales consultant responsible for assisting healthcare providers with EHR adoption and Meaningful Use attestation.