The Our Voice Team

Abby King

Faculty Director

Dr. King, PhD, is a professor of Health Research and Policy and of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She leads an interdiscplinary research team aimed at creating cutting-edge behavioral and technological programs promoting the healthy lifestyles necessary for living long and productive lives. Her teams' borderless health promotion solutions seek to create health programs that break down barriers related to education, literacy, language, and computer knowledge and access.

Ann Banchoff

Director of Community Engagement

Ann Banchoff, MSW, MPH, has a background in public health, social work, and international human rights, as well as broad experience in developing and sustaining community-academic partnerships.  She has worked extensively with migrants and other underserved populations in the California Bay Area and in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has also lived and worked in Russia, France, Ethiopia, and Peru.  Ann co-founded the Office of Community Health at the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2005, and served as its Director of Educational Programs until late 2014.  

Isela Blanco

Research and Program Assistant

Isela Blanco has a background in sociology and child adolescent development. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at San Jose State University. Her current work has focused on delivering health promoting and community engagement interventions among ethnically and socioeconomically diverse individuals.

Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa

Research Fellow

  • Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa, PhD., MPH, is a native of Habana, Cuba, and clinical psychologist by training.  She is an Instructor in the Epidemiology and Population Health Department and also serves as the Associate Director of Research for the Office of Community Engagement here at Stanford Medicine. Her research concentrates on health equity issues (particularly among Latinxs and immigrant communities), cardiovascular disease prevention, racial residential segregation, well-being across cultures, and the science of Community-Based Participatory Research, citizen science, and other participatory research approaches.

Michele Patel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Michele (“Shelley”) L. Patel, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Duke University and her clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, specializing in behavioral medicine. Dr. Patel’s research focuses on utilizing digital health tools to optimize behavioral interventions for obesity. Dr. Patel also studies the impact of intervention engagement and psychosocial factors (e.g., health literacy, stress) on treatment success.

Kane Zha

Research Assistant

Kane Zha graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in Community Health Policy from Stanford University. He is passionate about exploring forms of community-based research and organizing that create avenues for community members to identify and implement hyperlocal, grassroots-level solutions to health inequities that they face. Outside of Our Voice, Kane is a Course Associate with the Department of Human Biology at Stanford University, a peer support group facilitator at San Mateo Pride Center, and an avid rock climber.

Our Voice Tech Team

Our Voice Student Team

Amanda Huynh

Amanda Huynh (she/hers) is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. She is a proud first-generation, low-income (FLI) student from Oakland, California. Amanda brings a first-hand understanding of demographically diverse and impoverished communities and the resources they need most. She is passionate about making technology accessible to disadvantaged communities and supporting local organizations. Outside of Our Voice Initiative, Amanda volunteers as a developer/designer for Develop for Good and enjoys working on personal coding projects. 

Brice Jansen

Brice Jansen is a junior pursuing a Human Biology major with a concentration in Ethical Decision Making in Community Health Policy at Stanford University. Brice was drawn to Our Voice through her shared interest in the role community-based, participatory “citizen science” as a mechanism toward improving public health, especially in rural areas. Outside of her work at Our Voice, Brice is a writing tutor, a sports broadcaster for Stanford KZSU Radio, and a Stanford Tour Guide. She is from Leopold, Missouri. 

Tenzin Namgyal

Tenzin Namgyal is a freshman here at Stanford. She is currently undeclared, but is interested in a range of fields, from Economics and Anthropology to, of course, Global Health. She is from Queens, New York, and loves listening to music and finding new foods to try in her spare time. She originally joined Our Voice because of her interest in community and public health, and finds it to have been such a rewarding experience so far. 

Our Voice Student Alumni

Nour Mary Aissaoui, Class of 2022

Human Biology Research Intern

Summer 2020

Mackenzie Chapman, Class of 2022

Human Biology Research Intern

Summer 2020

Kyle Lambert, Class of 2024

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Winter 2021

Bethel Bayrau, Class of 2022

Human Biology Research Intern

Summer 2020

Vianna Vo, Class of 2021

Undergraduate Research Assistant



Team Photos

OV team meeting over Zoom

Dr. King (left) and Dr. Winter (right)

Dr. King and the OV team test out the Discovery Tool

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO