Alexis Grant is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Community Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health. She is a community engaged researcher who studies public health system collaboration and the process of implementing multi-level, community-wide health promotion programming. She takes an interdisciplinary approach in her work, employing with qualitative and quantitative analysis and data visualization techniques such as geographic information systems. As a pragmatic researcher, she hopes that her research supports the growth of an antiracist public health system.
Grant currently works as a research assistant for the evaluation and coordination of the City of Chicago COVID-19 Community Based Contact Tracing Corps. In addition, she is the fellow for Community Engagement at the Collaboratory for Health Justice, a unit within the School of Public Health that works to advance health justice through active participation of broad stakeholders in the UIC School of Public Health through research, teaching and practice. Grant is also one of the founders of the Black Graduate Student Association and an organizer with the Good Trouble Coalition, both of which continue to work for the inclusion and well-being of all students at UIC. Grant holds a master’s degree in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences from Brown University and bachelors degrees in English and Psychology from Howard University. After she completes her degree at UIC she plans to become a professor and continue her research, teaching, and advocacy.