Brisa Hernandez serves as Program Manager in the Research Division at the Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas Healthcare System. Her main research interests include decreasing health disparities, development of community based health interventions and the use of qualitative methods in working with underserved populations in Charlotte, NC. Ms. Hernandez coordinates and participates in research as part of MAPPR, The Mecklenburg Area Partnership for Primary Care Research a trans-disciplinary research group that engages a number of different community stakeholders to better understand the social and spatial determinants of health for various populations. She is the 2014 UNC-Charlotte Academy Health-Community Service winner and was a key author on a research article recognized as the “most influential research published in 2014 on identifying and eliminating health disparities” by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Over the years Ms. Hernandez has been asked to present or be a part of various panels addressing the changing demographics of Charlotte and how they impact health access and utilization. Lastly, she is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC-Charlotte.