- Dr. Amy Nunn
- Dr. Philip Chan
- Gladys Thomas
- Eliza Cohen
- Keiser Castillo
Phone: (401) 863-6565
Dr. Amy Nunn is the Executive Director of RIPHI. Dr. Nunn is best known for her innovative community partnerships to address disparities, including engaging clergy and community leaders in HIV testing, treatment and social marketing campaigns. In 2012, she established a comprehensive, neighborhood-based HIV and HCV prevention and treatment program called “Do One Thing.” Do One Thing responds to unmet needs for testing and treatment in a Philadelphia neighborhood with high rates of HIV and HCV infection. She founded Philly Faith in Action, a coalition of clergy in Philadelphia, PA who work collaboratively to reduce racial disparities in HIV infection. In 2013, Dr. Nunn expanded her work with clergy by establishing Mississippi Faith in Action. A social scientist by training, Dr. Nunn has worked in several countries and conducted domestic and international research on a variety of health topics, including HIV/AIDS, access to reproductive health services, and family planning. Dr. Nunn has also conducted global health policy research that explores how politics, economics and intellectual property rights affect AIDS policy and access to medicines in developing countries.
She has received research grants from Harvard University, the US Departments of Defense and Education, the Rhode Island Foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund, Gilead Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. She received the “Outstanding New Researcher Award” at the 2009 CDC HIV Prevention Conference and an NIH Career Development Award in 2010. Dr. Nunn holds masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Nunn is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health.
Dr. Philip Chan is director of HIV/STD Testing and Prevention Services at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center. The clinic’s outreach efforts include targeting at-risk and underserved populations. Dr. Chan also runs one of the first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs in the country. He is an internal medicine and infectious diseases physician at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Chan completed a master’s degree in molecular genetics and medical school at the University of Vermont. He subsequently came to Brown University where he completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in infectious diseases. Dr. Chan’s main research interest is HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Gladys Thomas has over 25 years experience working in the field of HIV prevention and community-engaged research. A licensed social worker with an MBA, she is senior management professional with extensive experience managing community-based research projects and data collection associated with clinical trials and other large-scale HIV prevention projects that aim to reduce racial disparities in HIV infection. She has worked extensively with Drs. Amy Nunn and John Jemmott on national and international grant projects.
Gladys currently serves as the Project Director for both Philly Faith in Action and Do One Thing in Philadelphia, PA and Mississippi Faith in Action in Jackson, MS. In these roles, she manages the day to day operations of two large-scale coalitions of clergy in Philadelphia, PA and Jackson, MS and one of the largest test and treat programs in the country, which has tested over 6,000 people for HIV and HCV in a community based setting.
A passionate community servant, Gladys is an active leader of the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board and serves on the Health Commission of the Mother Bethel AME Church. Gladys is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Health Committee and a volunteer for the Black Women’s Health Alliance.
Eliza is the Food Access Coordinator at RIPHI. She coordinates the Food on the Move program, a mobile produce market that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods around Rhode Island. Eliza holds an undergraduate degree in Science and Technology Studies at Brown University. Her research has focused on topics including food policy, conservation history, ecosystems biology, and biology education. She was a recipient of the C.V. Starr Social Innovation Fellowship and the Arthur P. Liman Fellowship for Public Interest Law.
Eliza has studied food systems for the past ten years. She began thinking about farming and food access student at the Food Project, a food justice training program for high school students in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, she has been involved in numerous projects related to social justice and food. In Providence, she co-coordinated the Brown Market Shares student-run Community Supported Agriculture program at Brown University. She has also worked on small farms in Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Laos, India, and Argentina. In her spare time, she likes to cook big meals for family and friends, explore new places to swim, and read books in the park.
Keiser Castillo has been working for Food on the Move since July 2015. Keiser runs the mobile produce markets at 25 sites around Rhode Island. Keiser is also responsible for all of the vehicle maintenance, market operations, and customer service. He likes helping that person who can’t go to the supermarket to get fresh fruits and vegetables. Keiser is originally from the Dominican Republic and is bilingual in Spanish and English.