The CAFEH project team includes staff (oversight, management, field, clinic, research, graduate students and student interns), our steering committee and advisory board, and additional research collaborators.


Principal Investigator – Doug Brugge, PhD, MS.
Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine (PHCM)

Dr. Brugge has worked in community-collaborations with many neighborhoods of Boston, including Chinatown, and with Navajo communities in the Southwest.  His research has largely employed the model of community-collaborative research and methodologically has involved focus groups, oral histories, surveys, environmental sampling and health outcome assessment.  His research includes studies of asthma; of the impact of culture and language on health communication; the impact of environmental tobacco smoke; motor vehicle related injuries; and the impact of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans.  In 2007 he testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation.  He has published over 100 academic publications, is co-editor (with Pat Hynes) of Community Research in Environmental Health (Ashgate Publishing Group, UK, 2005) and co-editor (with Esther Yazzie-Lewis and Timothy Benally) of The Navajo People and Uranium Mining (University of New Mexico Press, 2006).

Project Manager – Don Meglio

Don Meglio is the project manager for the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study (CAFEH).  He has over thirty years of experience facilitating meaningful community engagement and organizational capacity building and holds graduate degrees in Community Planning and Conflict Resolution.

Project Coordinator/Data Manager – Deena Wang, MPH

Deena Wang maintains the CAFEH survey and clinical database, and this website.

Steering committee

  • Doug Brugge, Co-chair (CAFEH Principal Investigator)
  • Ellin Reisner, Co-chair (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership)
  • Edna Carrasco/Mae Bennett-Fripp(Committee for Boston Public Housing)
  • John Durant (Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Boalian Kuang /Lydia Lowe (Chinatown Progressive Association)
  • Kevin Lane (PhD Candidate, BU School of Public Health) / Christina H. Fuller (Harvard Schl of Public Heath)
  • Emmanuel Owusu/ Daniel Hauk/ Dana LeWinter (City of Somerville)
  • Tina Wang (CAFEH Field Staff) / Mario Davila (CAFEH Field Staff)
  • Wig Zamore (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership)
  • Yuping  Zeng/Michelle Liang (Chinatown Resident Association)

Research Collaborators and Consultants

  • David Arond, MD (Tufts)
  • Steve Cohen (Tufts)
  • Madeleine Kangsen Scammell (BU)
  • Chuck Kolb (Aerodyne)
  • Bart Laws (Brown)
  • Jonathan Levy (BU)
  • Cheri Lieberman (Cornerstone Consulting Group)
  • Mkaya Mwamburi, MD (Tufts)
  • Ron Parambi (MGH)
  • Paul Ridker (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
  • Christine Rioux (Tufts)
  • Jack Spengler (Harvard)
  • Mark Woodin (Tufts)

Field Staff

  • Vladimir Albin Jr.
  • Marjorie Alexandre
  • Robert Baptiste
  • Jozy Cantave
  • Maria Crespo
  • Quynh Dam
  • Mario Davila
  • Nancy Figueroa
  • Christus Georges
  • Doreen Jenkins
  • Kim-Lien Le
  • Reva Levin
  • Michele Liang
  • Marie Manis
  • Lisa Ng
  • Joseph Penella
  • Consuelo J. Perez
  • Maximo Quevas
  • Carmen Rodriguez
  • Stephanie Saintil
  • Alexis Soto
  • Helene Sroat
  • Kevin E. Stone
  • Migdalia Tracy
  • Janet Vo
  • Tina Wang
  • Lin Yian

Clinic Staff

  • Barbara Anderson
  • Beverly Ashcroft
  • Paula Dabenigno
  • Marie Echevarria
  • Catherine Murphy
  • Betsey Rodman
  • Nida Tam
  • Maria Tamagna

Graduate Students/Post Doc

  • Christine Ash (Tufts)
  • Elizabeth Baker (Harvard)
  • Christina H. Fuller (Harvard/Georgia State)
  • Nira Hadar (Tufts)
  • Kyle Hoesterey (Tufts)
  • Allison Patton(Tufts )
  • Luz Padro-Martinez (Tufts)
  • Jess Perkins (Tufts)
  • Matt Simon (Tufts)
  • Jeff Trull (Tufts)
  • Erica Walker (Tufts/Harvard)
  • David Weiss (Tufts)
  • John Wu (Harvard)
  • Shengwei Zhu (Harvard)
  • Laura Corlin (Tufts)

Student Interns

Sunetra Bane, Alex Bob, Jessica Bocca, Oliver-John Bright, Erika Brown, Sophia Burks, Heejin Choi, Brianna Cilley, Caitlin Collins, Jozy Contave, Brianna Dayer, Patricia Dao-Tran, Marie Delnord, Fish, Darrel Gachette, Rachel Ganz, Nina Grossman, Dana Harada, Sherry Hou, Lindsay Kephart, Piers MacNaughton, Maris Mann-Stadt, Andrea Steward, Aaron Marden, Chad Milando, Jose Mira, Reed Morgan, Sarah Moy, Christine Papastamelos, Jessica Pogachar, Amanda Rizzo, Haley Schwartz, Asi Somburu, Katherine Thayer, Ashley Tran, Yuki Ueda, Sara Val Diez, Aliza Wasserman, Samantha Weaver, Eric Wilburn