About the project

The Building Healthcare Collectives (BHC) project emphasizes humanities expertise in care. We create an infrastructure where healthcare professionals, humanities researchers, community partners, and activists can work together to solve key problems facing the U.S. healthcare system. These problems include increasing costs, unequal access to care, unequal quality of care, and rapidly changing technological processes. Following the Literate Care model, we bring together interdisciplinary research teams focused on shared decision-making, preventative care, and a focus on health disparities due to social, economic, and environmental factors.

The BHC project is funded by the Humanities Without Walls initiative and led by researchers from Michigan State University and The Ohio State University. We are seeking BHC Project Fellows who are interested in participating in or leading action-oriented health equity research.

BHC project team members

The Building Healthcare Collectives project is led by research teams at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University.

Jacqueline Rhodes
Jacqueline Rhodes
Michigan State University
Dawn Opel
Dawn Opel
Michigan State University
Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez
Michigan State University
Elizabeth Marks
Elizabeth Marks
Michigan State University
Christa Teston
Christa Teston
The Ohio State University
Margaret Price
Margaret Price
The Ohio State University
John Jones
John Jones
The Ohio State University
Liz Miller
Liz Miller
The Ohio State University

About the BHC project fellows

BHC Fellows participate in research teams that engage in community-engaged, actionable, and equitable health services research. This research will help to improve healthcare outcomes for vulnerable communities. Meanwhile, the BHC Project provides research infrastructure—including professional development, support for team-building and grant-writing, and in-person and online collaboration—to mobilize expertise and skills across disciplines, sectors, and communities.

BHC Fellows

Black Feminist Science Studies Group

Moya Zakia Bailey
Northeastern University
Nicole Charles
University of Toronto
Michelle Rungamirai Munyikwa
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
OmiSoore H. Dryden
Thornloe University
Angel Love Miles
Access Living of Metro Chicago

Built Environment Group

Johnna S. Keller
M+A Architects, Columbus, OH
Galyna Korniyenko
Ohio State University
Jarah Moesch
University of Maryland & Remote Member of the Critical Design Lab, Vanderbilt University
Bess Williamson
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Academia Advocacy Network

Juliann Anesi
University of California-Los Angeles
Ann M. Fox
Davidson College
Reza Hessabi
Dartmouth University
Ryann Patrus
Ohio State University
Manako Yabe
Building Healthcare Collectives

Environmental Factors Group

Lauri Andress
West Virginia University
Kelly Boone
Ohio State University
Sylette Henry-Buckmire
Stony Brook University
Ike Valentine Iyioke
Michigan State University
Dr. Katherine E. Morelli
Boise State University

Language Access in Healthcare Group

Rachel Bloom-Pojar
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sara Proaño
KDL Libraries
Gabriella de la Vega
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Laura Gonzales
The University of Florida
Angela Lee
Dartmouth University

Human Dignity Group

Katie Aubrecht
Victoria Charoonratana
Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine
Devan Stahl
Michigan State University
Lauren Terbrock-Elmestad
St. Louis University

Queering Medicine Group

Daniel R Pfau
Michigan State University
Mauricio Franco
Michigan State University
Wyatt A.T. Shoemaker
Michigan State University
Sean Valles
Michigan State University
Yuanfang Dai
Michigan State University

Reproductive Health Group

Sara DiCaglio
Texas A&M University
Simone C. Drake
Ohio State University
Raven Victoria Haymond
Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Maria T. Novotny
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Emma Schlegel
Ohio State University
Sandy Sufian
University of Illinois at Chicago

Shared Decision-Making Group

Archana Bharadwaj
Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Amanda Booher
The University of Akron
Jory Gomes
Health Policy Research Assistant at Ohio University, Heritage College of Medicine, Dublin, Ohio
Leslie Ordal
Independent scholar
Amy R. Reed
Rowan University

BHC Symposium

The BHC Symposium will be held on April 11–13 in East Lansing, Michigan at the Henry Center for Executive Development on the campus of Michigan State University and Sparrow Hospital.


Christa Teston will serve as the main point person as we seek to make sure this symposium is as inclusive and accessible as possible. Christa will make arrangements on your behalf regarding any accommodations you may need that help you to feel welcome and cared for during our symposium. To that end, please take this quick survey (which also serves as your registration form) so that Christa can begin to make necessary arrangements (e.g. CART, interpreters, etc.). If for any reason you prefer to send Christa your access needs via email, feel free to email Christa directly at [email protected]. Due to lead times for accommodating your requests, we ask that you fill out the registration form and/or send access needs no later than Friday, March 22.

Symposium Materials

Symposium Schedule

Access slides, video, and other materials from the Symposium here.

BHC Project sponsors

The Ohio State University; Michigan State University; Humanities without walls

Contact us

You can follow Building Healthcare Collectives on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like more information about Building Healthcare Collectives, please email us at [email protected].