Samantha Joseph
Research Fellow, Candidate for PhD in Public Health, Drexel University

Samantha Rivera Joseph is originally from New York City. Before coming to Philadelphia, she worked in HIV prevention and youth empowerment in NYC. Samantha is an MPH alumna of Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health and received her BA in natural sciences from Fordham University. She previously worked at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, first as a Development and Quality Assurance Manager for health programs and then as the Director of Primary Care for their Federally Qualified Health Center. Samantha is now working towards her PhD in public health at Drexel. Her research focuses on community-level trauma in urban communities of color that experience high levels of structural disadvantage. Additionally, Samantha is a graduate of the Latino Partnership Institute which focuses on community organization/mobilization and leadership training in the Greater Philadelphia area, and now serves on the steering committee for this program. Samantha is also the acting Treasurer for the Latino Caucus for Public Health, an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. She is a community-informed researcher who aims to build community capacity to overcome urban health disparities.