Morehouse School of Medicine is a co-educational medical school in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Dr. Hernandez’s has more than 16 years of experience in developing community partnerships and implementing population health that engages diverse stakeholder groups. To advance science toward the elimination of women’s health inequities, Dr. Hernandez has obtained extramural funding to develop multiple lines of research in the context of maternal and women’s health, specifically with Black and Latinx populations. The research approach in these local and nationally funded initiatives encompassed utilization of CBPR approaches, and takes a multi-sectoral and multi-level translational research approach to understanding the myriad causes of women’s health inequities. Additionally, her research explores the integration of technology to advance women’s health and provides easy access to maternal and women’s health. Dr. Hernandez has laid the groundwork for research in maternal health by establishing partnerships with local and national organizations dedicated to maternal morbidity and mortality disparities, evaluating maternal health interventions and programs, and validating effective measures of maternal mental health, medical mistrust, as well as psychosocial factors. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Hernandez worked as a Program Manager for UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) leading all their national maternal health projects. She has received a number of awards including the MundoHispanico Latinas Poderosas (Powerful Latinas in Atlanta) Award, American Association for Cancer Research-Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council, Minority & Minority Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, Rising Scholar in the field of sexuality by The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Rolling Out Sista with Superpowers, Health Disparities Scholar of the NIH National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program and the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance Team Science Award of Distinction for Early Stage Research Teams, and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia 2021 Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award. Dr. Hernandez currently sits on Georgia’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee, Georgia PRAMS Steering Committee, and on various maternal and child health organizations. Dr. Hernandez has presented her work at various international, national, state, and local conferences.