About CHAI

The Comprehensive Healthcare for Adolescents Initiative (CHAI) project convenes a network of partners consisting of subject-matter experts, organizational partners, and a youth advisory group to develop an innovative program that improves youth access to and experiences with healthcare. By applying three frameworks: model of innovation, human-centered design, and systems thinking, this project seeks to transform the landscape of accessibility and experience with healthcare for youth. This project builds upon previous work conducted by the team through the iTP3 project and utilizes its expertise to lead innovative program development.

CHAI Team

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Kelly Wilson

Co-PI

Kelly’s primary role focuses on teaching and research at Texas A&M University. She is Co-PI for the CHAI project, supporting innovation in the adolescent healthcare setting. In her spare time she plays with the kids, dogs and is learning how to manage a mini-farm.

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Whitney Garney

Co-PI

Dr. Garney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University and the Principal Investigator of the CHAI Project. Her expertise is in community-based research and evaluation, with an emphasis in ecological and systems approaches to public health problems.

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Christi Esquivel

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Christi is a postdoctoral research associate on the CHAI project. When she isn't doing human-centered design work, she enjoys traveling with her spouse, playing with their dogs, and recently took up woodworking as a new hobby during the quarantine.


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Kristen Garcia

Research Specialist

Kristen is a Research Specialist with the CHESS lab at TAMU. Her primary role on CHAI is program evaluation. Kristen loves to spend time with her family, enjoys lots of time outside, and remains a pround Nebraskan (even after more than a decade living in Texas).

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Sonya Panjwani

Implementation Evaluation Manager

Sonya is a Senior Research Associate with the CHESS lab at TAMU. Her role on the CHAI project is implementation evaluation. Sonya enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and trying food from different cultures. She also loves anything coffee related and hopes to one day move to Colombia to help her boyfriend run his coffee plantation.

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Gustavo Roman Jr

Project Coordinator

Gustavo is the project coordinator for the CHAI Project, handling the majority of the logistics for the group. Aside from the CHAI project, Gustavo loves to spend time with his wife and two dogs, run coaching, and honing his amateur barista skills. He and his wife hope to integrate his family's coffee plantation in Guatemala into their plans for a third wave coffeeshop and roaster.


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Sara Flores

Graduate Assistant

Sara is a first year student in the Health Education PhD program and a graduate research assistant on the CHAI project. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, watching horror films, and lounging around with her cat Poppy.

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Kobi Ajayi

Graduate Assistant

Kobi is a graduate research assistant on the CHAI project. To keep body and soul together, she enjoys playing peek-a-boo with her two daughters, watching crime movies, and memoing.

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Ashley Khanhkhan

Graduate Assistant

Ashley is a doctoral student in the Health Education program and a graduate research assistant on the CHAI project. To balance work, school, and life, she enjoys traveling, hiking, attending concerts and music festivals, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Her most recent hobbies include embroidery and pottery.

ITP3 Team

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