Assistant Professor of the Practice of Epidemiology


My name is Jesse Yedinak Gray (she/her/hers), and I am an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. I am also the Assistant Dean for Education at the School of Public Health.

My research is focused on applied epidemiology, using a community-engaged approach to research and policy impact by working collaboratively with community-based and state agency partners. I also study how harm reduction and overdose research intersect with health and data literacy and plain language communication. 

The public health projects I oversee include data dashboards and data storytelling projects, including our state overdose dashboard website, This is Rhode Island's home for the overdose crisis and connects people to education, overdose data metrics, and systems of care.

Finally, I helped launch the People, Place & Health Collective (PPHC) at Brown's School of Public Health with Dr. Brandon Marshall and other incredible staff and faculty researchers. As a research collective, we study issues from the nation's overdose crisis to the effects of overlapping infectious disease and substance use epidemics in Rhode Island and beyond. 


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