Whitney S. Rice

Research Assistant Professor
Organization
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Whitney S. Rice, DrPH, MPH is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health, and a Research Investigator at the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast. Dr. Rice leverages training and transdisciplinary expertise from health care organization and policy, health services research, and maternal and child health disciplines in the pursuit of greater equity in sexual and reproductive health outcomes, care delivery, and scholarship. Her current research broadly examines the implications of structural stigma (stigma manifested at policy, institutional and systems levels) for healthcare utilization and health outcomes in family planning and other sexual and reproductive health contexts (i.e., HIV prevention and perinatal health). Dr. Rice is committed to patient and stakeholder-centered production and translation of scientific evidence, and to the mentorship and inclusion of trainees in this work.

Projects

Quality preventive medical care remains one of the most important tools for mitigating diseases like cancer, hypertension and heart disease, which are leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. However, due to persistent social and economic inequities, preventive services remain inaccessible to many people.