About Us

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SkinnyTrees: Lift Health for All — is a podcast from the Simon Research Lab at the Center for Health Equity Transformation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine hearing voices from the research and community world with a focus on health equity. Conversations and interviews will discuss the importance of achieving health equity, highlighting health disparities, and exploring innovative ways to improve health for all.


Araceli Estrada

Araceli is a Program Assistant in the Simon Research Lab. She provides administrative, program and research support for the Center for Health Equity Transformation. Araceli received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Chicago native and volunteers locally as a Spanish interpreter at CommunityHealth.

Ivy Leung

Prior to moving to Chicago, Ivy was a medical and court interpreter and a community organizer in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and in Ohio. Through her experiences, she became particularly interested in medicine and health disparities. Joining the Simon Lab enabled her to fulfill her desire and passion for helping limited-English proficiency speakers become acclimated to their new lives in the United States. In addition to her efforts in improving access to healthcare and health education, she is also involved with educating and helping domestic violence survivors.

Rabih Dahdouh

Rabih Dahdouh joins the Simon Lab with an extensive background in behavioral health, technology and preventive medicine. Most recently he worked with over 40 clinical partners delivering mental health services with an integrated digital platform to underserved populations across the country. Previously he’s worked in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as research project manager for the Keep Your Heart Healthy (KYHH) program. He also served as Director of Communications & Engagement with the All of Us Research Program at Northwestern with a mission to enroll 1M people to speed up health research breakthroughs to advance precision medicine. Rabih completed his BS in Child Learning & Development and MS in Psychological Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. He will be working on multiple projects at the Simon Lab under the Center for Health Equity Transformation.


Skinny Trees is meant to be an informative and innovative platform to continuing the conversation of health inequities.

The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the speakers and authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of the following entities: National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. SkinnyTrees is proudly produced and edited in the Lab of Dr. Melissa Simon at Northwestern University. Melissa Simon is a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This podcast does not necessarily represent the views and policies of the USPSTF. Due to the social nature of this podcast the content used might be copyrighted by another entity or person. This podcast claims no copyright to said content.