Gérard Gomes joined Check It in 2016. Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, his first experience in New Orleans was Xavier University’s move in day 2005 while dropping his cousin off to college. He kept coming back and is now proud to call New Orleans home. Before working with Check it, he served in the U.S Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Burkina Faso. Gérard holds a B.A in Biochemistry from the University of Richmond.
Bim is an undergraduate senior currently chasing her passion for public health at Tulane University. When she’s not conducting epidemiological research on STD testing amongst young Black men in New Orleans, she’s working on her video series “TU Communitea” where she attempts to make talking about race & mental health fun.
Mary Beth is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Tulane University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Seattle University, a MSPH Tropical Medicine from Tulane University, and has an interest in harm reduction, HIV & Hep C prevention and linkage to care, as well as infectious disease surveillance. She is also our resident boxing champion and she trains at New Orleans Boxing Club (hit her up if you want to spar!).
Jake Hall is a small town kid with big city dreams. After getting his B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, he drove down to New Orleans to work on his MPH in Epidemiology, and get away from the snow. He spends his free time exploring the city and riding the streetcars.
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Austin Jones is a fifth-year MD PhD student at Tulane University studying infectious disease epidemiology. An aspiring emergency medicine physician-scientist, Austin aims to deliver healthcare in low-resource settings and integrate public health interventions with emergency services. Outside of New Orleans, he was worked in public health and clinical capacities in Panama, Congo, and South Sudan. Austin is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys making hot sauce from his home-grown peppers.
Megan Clare Craig-Kuhn is a second year doctoral student in Epidemiology at Tulane University. She completed a BA at Oberlin College and MPH coursework at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Norine Schmidt moved to New Orleans 30 years ago and has been working in sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 of those years. Check it is one of her favorite projects because of the amazing Check it team, community partners and participants.
Dr. Patty Kissinger is an infectious disease epidemiologist and a nurse. She has worked both nationally and internationally for more than three decades in the field of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s reproductive health in Africa, Haiti, and the US. She has published extensively on many topics about STIs and has been the lead researcher in numerous research studies.
David H. Martin, M.D. is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane SPHTM. He served as Chief of Infectious Diseases at LSU for nearly 20 years.