Trenita Childers is a senior health care policy researcher at AIR. Her work focuses primarily on health equity, social determinants of health, and communicating health information to broad audiences. Dr. Childers also examines how structural barriers, such as discriminatory policies and practices, worsen inequality. In her book, In Someone Else’s County: Anti-Haitian Racism and Citizenship in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Childers uses ethnography to connect race, labor, and immigration.
Dr. Childers' methodological expertise includes qualitative and mixed methods approaches with an emphasis on community engaged methods and asset-based frameworks. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Fulbright Program, and she is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Ph.D., Sociology, Duke University; B.A. Sociology, Davidson College