Associates

In providing our services, Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates utilizes several nationally and internationally known experts (“Associates”) in the field of cultural competence in healthcare and mental health care delivery. Our multidisciplinary teams of Associates come from the disciplines of nursing, public health, psychology, law, medicine, religion, and education. They represent expertise in cultural competence as it relates to such topics as health disparities, managed care, health law, global/international health, community health, English as a Second Language (ESL), health literacy, vulnerable populations (ethnic/racial minority populations, homeless, high risk-youth, immigrant communities, disabilities), mentoring and educating minority health professionals, health economics research, social determinants of health, social justice, and medical interpretation.

Dexter L. Campinha-Bacote, MD – Dr. Dexter Campinha-Bacote is Vice President of Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates and also serves as a CVS/Aetna National Accounts medical director. He received his B.A. degree from Cornell University and his M.D. from Brown University School of Medicine. He completed his internship in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center; his residency in Family Medicine at The University of Virginia Medical Center, and an externship in High Risk Obstetrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Dexter Campinha-Bacote is a board-certified Family Physician and has an interest in culturally specific services, particularly as it relates to health literacy, patient empowerment and informed health and health care decision making, the healthcare of vulnerable populations, and the social determinants of health. He has given several keynote presentations on the topic of health literacy, including its scope and impact on cultural encounters. He defines health literacy as understanding the language of health, health care services and health care benefits and sees the process of becoming health literate as a two-way process between the patient and whatever third-party entity they interface with. Dr. Dexter Campinha-Bacote maintains that health care practitioners and health insurers must communicate with patients in plain language and not use medical or insurance jargon. Medical interpreters and health care brokers can assist in achieving this goal.  In addition, he asserts that members must ask questions of their health care practitioners and health insurer to ensure they truly understand what they need to do to achieve optimum health and receive maximum health care benefits. Dr. Campinha-Bacote’s publications include, “A Framework for Providing Culturally Competent Health Care Services in Managed Care Organizations,” published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Contact: dcambac@aol.com

Avonté Campinha-Bacote, Esq. – Avonté Campinha-Bacote is an associate of Transcultural C.A.R.E. and also serves as its legal counsel. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and received a BA in Economics and Spanish from Denison University. Avonté has been a lecturer on several topics, both legal and healthcare related, including a presentation titled “Legal Ramifications of Cultural Conflicts in Clinical Practice” at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, Avonté has published in the area of cultural competence in health law, with his most current publication entitled “Extending a Model of Cultural Competence in Healthcare Delivery to the Field of Health Law,” which appears in the Journal of Nursing Law.  Contact: avonte@gmail.com

Avrita Campinha-Bacote, MPH - Ms. Avrita Campinha-Bacote is an experienced public health researcher with expertise in developing culturally sensitive health assessments. She received her BS in Biology from Denison University with a minor in French and her MPH from the Ohio State University with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. She completed research on the spatial distribution of socioeconomic opportunity as determined by key variables of neighborhood health and demonstrated how segregation through public housing locations limits outcomes of occupants. These findings were used in conjunction with work from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to provide recommendations on locations for new public housing to the Galveston Housing Authority due to damage from Hurricane Ike. Ms. Avrita Campinha-Bacote worked as a qualitative researcher at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as at Stanford University Cancer Institute, managing several NCI-funded studies focused on cancer prevention (primarily breast, cervical, and colorectal) in vulnerable populations. In her private sector experience, Ms. Avrita Campinha-Bacote served as an outcomes researcher conducting health economics research, such as product valuation and surplus appropriation, for therapies indicated for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and malnutrition.  Contact: avrita@gmail.com

Migdalia R. Goba, EdD - Dr. Goba has spent her career focusing on improving health disparities, conducting health disparities research focusing on recruiting minority participants into research, and developing and strengthening the pipeline of minority students. She received her BSN from the American International College, a MS from the University of Massachusetts, and her Ed.D University of Massachusetts with a specialization in language, literacy and culture. Dr. Goba has served as a Senior Nurse Consultant for Health Disparities and Community Outreach; Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center. She has numerous publications, including “Exploring decision making of Hispanics and African Americans with HIV/AIDS participating in clinical trials,” which appears in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and “Increasing the pipeline of Hispanic nurses: Are we making a difference?” in the Hispanic Health Care International Journal. More recently, Dr. Goba is interested in the role of cultural competency within the home schooling arena.  Contact: thomaspgoba@gmail.com

Darius Campinha-Bacote, PsyD., HSP- Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, where he is a functional family therapist and program supervisor for the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program. In this role, he works with youth and their families who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote also has a private practice located in Ft. Worth, where he focuses on individual, couples, and family therapies, in addition to conducting evaluations for veterans. He received his BA in Psychology, double minoring in Social work and Women’s Studies from the University of Dayton, and both his master’s (Psy.M) and doctorate (Psy.D) from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP). He is credentialed as a Health Service Psychologist (HSP). Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote completed an APA accredited Internship at La Frontera Center in Tucson, Arizona, where he counseled high-risk minority youth who were transitioning to adulthood. In addition, he completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, where he co-facilitated groups and provided individual therapy. Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote has served as the Cultural and Linguistic Competency Coordinator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant in which he partnered with youth and adults to coordinate culturally competent policies designed to ensure culturally-specific interventions for transitional-aged youth from diverse ethnic and cultural background. Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote is the author of several publications, including the chapter, “The Impact of Religious/Spiritual Beliefs on Survivors of Traumatic Events” in the textbook Spirituality and Psychotherapy.  Contact: campindd@gmail.com

Rebecca C. Lee, PhD, MSN, RN, PHCNS-BC, CTN-A – Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN Online program. She holds advanced certification as a Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Advanced Transcultural Nurse. In 2012, she was inducted as a Transcultural Scholar by the Transcultural Nursing Society. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Virginia Tech and her A.D.N. from Raymond Walters College of UC. She went on to earn her B.S.N., M.S.N. in Community/Public Health Nursing, and Ph.D. in Nursing Research, all from UC.   Dr. Lee has delivered numerous national and international presentations and has published articles and book chapters on topics such as Appalachian culture, family homelessness, health disparities, diversity, and transcultural health care. Dr. Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the Transcultural Nursing Society and is currently chairing a Transcultural Nursing Course Development Committee. Her long-term research goals are to promote the health of vulnerable populations through the development of culturally congruent and culturally sensitive interventions that support resilience, health, and well-being. Based on her research and practice experiences and using the social determinants of health as a framework, Dr. Lee has developed an online course to promote the cultural competence of undergraduate and graduate students across the University of Cincinnati. The course, entitled Health Issues of Vulnerable & Marginalized Populations, includes both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines such as nursing, pharmacy, social work, medicine, law, and public health.  In partnership with the University of Cincinnati School of Pharmacy, Dr. Lee has also developed a Certificate in the Care of Underserved Populations that will bring together students from the disciplines of nursing and pharmacy to engage in interprofessional learning that equips them with the skills needed to deliver culturally competent care to members of vulnerable and marginalized groups.Contact: rebecca.lee@uc.edu

Nia Campinha-Bacote, B.A., M.Div. '21- Ms. Nia Campinha-Bacote is currently a graduate student at Yale's Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music and will be receiving her Master of Divinity degree in May of 2021. She received her B.A. in Health and Human Biology with a focus on Race and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Disease from Brown University.  Upon graduating from Brown University, she received the Levi C. Adams award for recognition of outstanding leadership in the Brown University Protestant community and went on to spend 3 years working as a Campus Pastor for undergraduate students at Yale University. Ms. Nia Campinha-Bacote was also granted a two month fellowship from the National Institute of Health (NIH) during the summer of 2014 in which she traveled to Accra, Ghana to conduct research focusing on HIV mortality and morbidity rates of the HIV positive in-patient population at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. She has published this research in the Pan African Medical Journal .  Additionally, Nia has worked with the CORO Center in Providence, Rhode Island, working as a clinical research intern investigating the impacts of asthma on the academic performance of middle-school aged children in local minority populations. During her graduate studies at Yale University, Nia worked as a hospital chaplain at the Yale-New-Haven Hospital where she led a weekly spirituality group for patients in the adult and senior psychiatric units as well as oversaw spiritual care for patients in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units.  Throughout the 2019-2020 academic school year, Nia served as Vice President of the Yale Black Seminarians and also served as a Chapel Minister where she worked to curate worship services for Yale University's Marquand Chapel.  Nia's passions lie at the intersection of direct patient care, public health, racial/social equity, and spiritual health as she has spent four years co-pastoring a church for people experiencing homelessness in New Haven alongside a bi-vocational summer internship that enabled her to work with the Lawndale Christian Health Center and a church located in the West Side of Chicago. Contact: Nia.campinha-bacote@yale.edu

Mary Curry Narayan, MSN, RN, HHCNS-BC, CTN-A - Ms. Narayan is a Certified Transcultural Nurse and a Home Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.   She received her BSN degree from Cornell University and MSN degree from George Mason University, where she is currently completing doctoral studies.  Specializing in both cross-cultural healthcare issues and home/community-based care, Ms. Narayan provides consultant and education services, such as in-services, presentations and educational modules on ways clinicians can better meet the needs of diverse patient populations.  She has presented nationally and internationally about care across cultures to diverse audiences on diverse topics, such as cultural considerations of caring for wound care patients and how to assess and mange pain for culturally diverse patients.  She has multiple publications including book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and CEU courses about cross-cultural healthcare.  Recent articles include an analysis of implicit bias in nursing and a systematic review of racial/ethnic disparities in home healthcare. She was a co-founder and is a current Board Member of the International Home Care Nurses Organization and she led their project to develop the International Guidelines for Home Health Nursing.   Currently, Ms. Narayan is completing her PhD dissertation about the cultural-sensitivity and patient-centeredness of home health nurses’ patient assessment and care planning practices.   She will use her research findings to create educational resources to enhance the care nurses provide to culturally-diverse home healthcare patients.  Contact: marycnarayan@gmail.com