The Our Voice Team

Abby King

Faculty Director

Dr. King, PhD, is a professor of the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health 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 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.

Maja Pedersen 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Maja Pedersen, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Dr. Pedersen’s research is focused on three inter-related themes; (1) utilizing community-based approaches to improve understanding of individual, social, and environmental determinants of and barriers to physical activity; (2) adapting and implementing lifestyle interventions targeting older adults; and (3) exploring relationships between physical activity, outdoor spaces, and well-being. She is currently a National Cancer Institute K00 Fellow, using community-based approaches and implementation science to increase physical activity and address health equity among rural American Indian and Alaska Native older adults. 

Our Voice Tech Team

Our Voice Student Team

Jasmine Nevarez

Class of 2024

Jasmine Nevarez (she/hers) is a rising junior at Stanford and is majoring in Human Biology with a focus in Biosocial Influences on Human Health. She is from Hercules, California and in her free time she enjoys baking for her family and going for walks by the bay. Jasmine was originally interested in Our Voice because of her curiosity in health equity within diverse communities and the importance of community-driven science. In addition to her work with Our Voice, Jasmine also volunteers with Systole and Human Biology Spotlight.

Zakaria Doueiri

Class of 2023

Zakaria Doueiri is a rising senior at Stanford and is majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Social Determinants of Health. Coming from San Bernadino, California, Zakaria joined Our Voice to offer community members the opportunity to engage in meaningful research, regardless of their backgrounds. Recently, Zakaria traveled to Bogotá where he investigated the integration of virtual reality into the Our Voice Approach to better understand the perspectives of unpaid care workers in Colombia. In addition to his work at Our Voice, Zakaria volunteers in the Lucile Packard Hospital and enjoys playing basketball in his free time. 

Amanda Huynh

Class of 2023

Amanda Huynh (she/hers) is a coterminal Computer Science student at Stanford University. She specializes in Human-Computer Interaction for her undergraduate and Real-World Computing for her masters. 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 works as a research aide for the Virtual Human Computer Interaction (VHIL) Lab at Stanford, volunteers as a developer and designer for Develop for Good, and enjoys working on personal coding projects.

Sureen Heer

Class of 2025

Sureen Heer (she/hers) is sophomore at Stanford from Yuba City, California who is majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Computer Science. Sureen was drawn to Our Voice because of her interest in health equity and using technology to address problems in healthcare and education. Sureen is also involved in Stanford Biotechnology Group and Stanford Association for Medical Ethics. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and badminton, going on walks, and hanging out with her friends.

Shirley Thuy Le

Class of 2026

Shirley Thuy Le (She/Hers) is a Vietnamese American freshman at Stanford University. She is planning to major in Human Biology as a pre-medical student with the goal of becoming an emergency medicine physician while working in public health. Born and raised in Oakland, California from a first-generation and low-income background, she has seen first-hand the barriers to equitable and accessible healthcare. Having volunteered with various community organizations in social-justice related service projects has further fueled her passion for community health. Shirley has joined Our Voice to help create tangible change in the lives of community members and empower unheard voices through citizen science. 

Alexandra Szawranskyj

Class of 2025

Alexandra Szawranskyj (she/they) is a sophomore majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Modern Languages. Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Alexandra joined Our Voice with a passion for uplifting the health, knowledge and prosperity of diverse communities around the world while centering her efforts around community-driven health equity research. In addition to her work with Our Voice, Alexandra also volunteers as a Patient Navigator for Stanford's Cardinal Free Clinics and serves on the leadership board of the Stanford Disability Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, climbing, and baking with friends.

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