Samuel R. Mendez

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Research Interests

Community-based participatory research (CBPR), social determinants of health, and digital documentary methods.

Long-term professional goals

Develop animation and video as participatory research methods; integrate animation and video into CBPR to build empathy across community research partnerships and inform long-term change in social systems; develop partnership models and platforms to disseminate lessons learned.

Experience Category

Year(s)

Organization/ Role, Dates, Location, & Description

Education

2014

Harvard University / Bachelor of Arts

2010.09 - 2014.05,  Cambridge, MA

Magna Cum Laude, High Honors in Field. Concentration: Visual and Environmental Studies. Secondary Field:  Global Health and Health Policy. Senior Thesis: “A Bodega”, an animated documentary about the food for sale at a corner store in Lawrence, MA.

Publications

2013

“Social media use by community-based organizations conducting health promotion: a content analysis.”

Ramanadhan S, Mendez SR, Rao M, Viswanath K.  BMC Public Health. 2013;13:1129. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1129.

Works in Progress

“‘The only place I know that I can send patients to is Planned Parenthood’: Chicago-area healthcare providers’ perceptions of Planned Parenthood clinics ”.

First author of article manuscript in progress, to be submitted for publication winter 2017.

Research Experience

2016-

Present

Simon Lab, Northwestern University / Research Assistant

2016.09  - PRESENT,  CHICAGO, IL

Conducted qualitative research on generalist healthcare providers' family planning referral patterns. Worked on community engagement for a U54 tri-institutional grant, to build and maintain partnerships with community-based organizations. Worked with U54 staff to create a stakeholder interview guide around community partners’ perceptions of the project’s success, strengths, and opportunities for improvement. Currently leading prototype development in a user-centered design process for a clinical trial communication tool to be deployed in local library branches.

2011-

2014

Viswanath Lab, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center  / Research Assistant

2011.06 - 2014.08  BOSTON, MA

Developed partnership-building skills through community-based participatory research projects in the Viswanath Lab, focusing on health communication disparities. Developed a system for analyzing social media content produced by community-based organizations. Conducted usability testing and administered web surveys on tablet devices to populations most at risk for smoking in Massachusetts.

2010

Rush University Medical Center  / Summer Research Student

2010.06 - 2010.08  CHICAGO, IL

Worked in the lab of S. Chubinskaya through Rush  university's Biochemistry Research Program. Used Western blotting methods to help their lab further elucidate the chemical pathways in healthy human cartilage cells.

2009

American Cancer Society, IL Division  / Summer Research Student

2009.06 - 2009.08  CHICAGO, IL

Worked in the lab of J. Hook on a meta-analysis of chemotherapy’s cognitive effects.

Related Professional Experience

2015-

2016

Muui / Web Series Director

2015.12 - 2016.08,  HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, AND REMOTE WORK

Developed the concept & format for "10 Days in Saigon", a 10-week web series on wheelchair travel in Ho Chi Minh City. Served as director, head videographer, and head video editor for series. Co-managed the production schedule and led a team of 10 interns to meet goals in subtitling and background research.

2014-

2015

Dipont Education Management  / Regional Video Project Manager

2014.08 - 2015.08,  HANGZHOU, CHINA

Led a team of 7 in writing, translating, and producing text/video resources explaining the US college application process in Chinese. Directed, filmed and edited 4 instructional videos for the QQ mobile video platform. Scheduled and managed a team of 4 to film 36 interviews with Chinese students in 5 major cities.

2012

Novartis  / Summer Intern

2012.06 - 2012.07  BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Conducted a literature review on fostering innovation within a large corporation. Conducted individual interviews and a focus group to assess unmet internal communications needs within a recently merged department,  as well as to gather feedback on an internal online communication platform.

Grants & Honors

2017

Chinh India Kids Film Festival

New Delhi, India

By Foot: Busan and the Sea, Official Selection.

2017

National Academy of Medicine

Washington DC

A Bodega, Official Selection for Visualize Health Equity: A Community Art Show in a pop-up gallery; selected for inclusion in panel event at a national stakeholder meeting.

2017

Official Latino Short Film Fest

New York, NY

By Foot: Busan and the Sea, Exceptional Artistry award winner.

2017

TRAVEL FilmFest

Limassol, Cyprus

10 Days in Saigon, Best Travel Web Series award finalist.

2017

Chicago Park District

Chicago, IL

 A Bodega, Official Selection for screening in 3 city parks as part of the Chicago Onscreen local film showcase.

2017

Chicagoland Shorts Vol 3

Chicago, IL

Persefone's Breakfast, Finalist.

2017

14th WE CARE Film Festival

New Delhi, India

10 Days in Saigon, Official Selection.

2016

Official Latino Short Film Fest

New York, NY

Persefone's Breakfast, Exceptional Artistry award nomination.

2014

Chicago REEL Shorts Film Fest

Chicago, IL

A Bodega, Best Documentary award nomination.

2014

Blue Plum Animation Fest

Johnson City, TN

A Bodega, Official Selection.

2013

Harvard Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy

Cambridge, MA

Cordeiro Summer Research Fellowship.

2013

Harvard College

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Scholar.

2013

Harvard College

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Research Program grant.

2013

Chicago REEL Shorts Film Fest

Chicago, IL

Snow Queen Travel Company, Official Selection.

2012

Harvard College Cultural Agents Art & Science Fair

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Cultural Agents Initiative grant.

2011

Harvard College

Cambridge, MA

Harvard College Research Program grant.