Staff

 

Theresa Nguyen, MD, FACEP
Director, Center for Community & Global Health
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Theresa Nguyen is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Center for Community and Global Health. In her previous role as an Assistant Director of the CCGH, she mentored students in their scholarly work and was instrumental in expanding the Community and Global Health Honors program. She also co-founded the Loyola Street Medicine program, which is dedicated to providing medical care and social outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness. For her leadership of this program, she was named the Loyola Medicine Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awardee in 2022.

Dr Nguyen attended medical school at Jefferson in Philadelphia, PA and then completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE. She has been involved with Emergency Medicine development in Vietnam and has helped train Emergency Medicine residents in Haiti, Peru, and Vietnam. She also has additional fieldwork experience in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Over the course of her global health work, Dr. Nguyen developed a strong interest in tropical diseases and obtained her Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health in 2014.

Dr. Nguyen's current interests include ultrasound teaching in resource-limited settings, addressing language barriers, providing access to care for the homeless population, increasing awareness and education surrounding human trafficking, and international EM development. She looks forward to teaching and mentoring students who are interested in advocating for social justice and serving vulnerable populations both locally and internationally.

 

Amy Blair, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Dean of Health Advocacy
Director, Center for Community and Global Health
Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Dr. Amy Blair is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and the Assistant Dean of Health Advocacy. She has a clinical practice in Family Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. 

As Assistant Dean of Health Advocacy, Dr. Blair oversees initiatives in community engagement and social determinants of health education for Stritch. Through her leadership in the Maywood Medical-Legal Partnership, the Loyola Medicine Asylum Clinic at MacNeal, and the COVID Equity Response Collaborative Loyola (CERCL), Dr. Blair has experience in interdisciplinary teamwork aimed at reducing health disparities and expands these opportunities for students. Dr. Blair also collaborates with her fellow Assistant Deans at Stritch on curriculum management, work which includes overseeing and approving all non-clinical electives for first- and second-year students. 

After founding the Center for Community and Global Health in 2009, Dr. Blair served as its Director for 13 years. She continues her involvement in the CCGH as Assistant Director, mentoring students in the Community and Global Health Honors Program and overseeing international electives.

Dr. Blair received her undergraduate degree through the University of Iowa in Biochemistry, Spanish, and Global Health and completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She has undergraduate Global Health training, local and global service during medical school and residency, and has been a visiting professor and volunteer faculty in local and international underserved settings. She also has field experiences in Central America and the Caribbean, South America, and Southern Africa.

 

 

Kevin Boblick, MD
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Assistant Professor Stritch School of Medicine
Assistant Director for the Center for Community and Global Health

Dr. Kevin Boblick is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics trained physician who currently practices primary care through Loyola in the Chicago western suburbs. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, and his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University, followed by residency at Loyola University Medical Center. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Boblick serves as the Assistant Director for the Stritch School of Medicine’s CCGH, and Director of the GME resident certificate program in Community and Global Health. He has an interest in reaching out to the local underserved community and working with those experiencing homelessness. He also frequently works at Centro Medico Susan Hou in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Dr. Boblick is dedicated to improving the health of all patients, and strongly believes in universal access to care. He is committed to promoting health literacy and is a passionate teacher to his patients and medical students.

 

 

Amy Luke, PhD
Director of Community and Global Health Research

In Dr. Amy Luke’s new leadership role within the Center for Community and Global Health she will be responsible for the oversight and development of research for ongoing projects. She will oversee new initiatives, aimed at translating student, faculty and resident experiences in low-resource settings into effective advocacy for public and community health.

Dr. Luke ‌received her doctorate in Human Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago in 1994. She started at Loyola as a research associate (or post-doc) immediately after graduation and has been here since. Her training while in graduate school was in the objective measurement of energy expenditure and body composition using stable isotopes and she brought that expertise to the ongoing multi-country study of hypertension being conducted by Public Health Sciences faculty. Dr. Luke also collaborated on a community-based nutritional intervention in Maywood led by Dr. E. Prewitt.

Traveling to Nigeria for the first time in 1998, Dr. Luke initiated her first project on the relationship between weight regulation and energy expenditure, as well as continuing to work with Dr. Cooper on a range of research including the genetic and environmental determinants of hypertension and the primary determinants of excess body weight gain in adults.

Dr. Luke has spent a significant amount of time coordinating field research in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana), the Caribbean (Jamaica), South Africa, and here in Maywood, and currently is working with Dr. Lara Dugas on multi-country studies of the relationship between the gut microbiome, sleep, and cardiometabolic diseases in African-origin populations, with study sites in rural Ghana, Seychelles, urban South Africa, Jamaica and the US (Maywood). She is also a co-investigator on a local study (and community engagement project) to determine transmission rates for the SARS-CoV2 virus and COVID-19.

Dr. Luke teaches several lectures on human nutrition in the MS1 course, Mechanisms of Human Disease, and is Director for the Global Health Equity track in Loyola's Master of Public Health (MPH) program, as well as Director of the MD/MPH Program.

 

 

Jennifer Rogers, MEd
Program Manager

Jennifer Rogers joined the CCGH team as Program Manager in 2021. An alumna of Loyola University Chicago and Indiana University and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she was employed earlier with the University, serving in Student Life at the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. She subsequently worked in the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology and in the Dean of Students Office and Academic Department of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad). Originally from Cincinnati, Jennifer calls the Rogers Park neighborhood home, volunteers with the Lincoln Park-based organization Care for Friends, and looks forward to collaborating with local and global partners to support CCGH programs.