Dr. Thalia Porteny is interested in creating policy solutions that fairly represent minorities and developing an evidence base that measures the impact of policies that affect vulnerable populations. Dr. Porteny is a post-doctoral fellow at the Lab on Research, Ethics, Aging and Community Health at Tufts University. She recently received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University in May 2019 and a M.Sc. in Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Porteny also holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Sciences and Psychology from The New School in New York. Her research explores how legal status has an effect in health access and coverage and to what extent does a constitutional right to health extend beyond borders. Through this work, Thalia also researches how aging minorities’ health needs can be addressed using community-based prevention strategies. Before graduate school, Thalia served in the Mexican Ministry of Health implementing national programs on chronic disease and injury prevention and as deputy director of migrant health in the department of International Relations. She also worked in international organizations such as Doctors without Borders, NGOs in Ghana, and collaborated with the World Health Organization. Dr. Porteny has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality training grant, the NIMH training grant and the CONACYT fellowship.