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Meet the Team



Principal Investigators

Cynthia Klein-Banai, Ph.D

Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Director of Sustainability/ Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health



Elizabeth A. Kocs, PhD, MBA

Director, Partnerships & Strategy, UIC Energy Initiative / Adjunct Faculty, Urban Planning & Policy


Project Lead

Cynthia Medina

Cynthia Medina, BS

Graduate Student, MPH

Cynthia Medina is a first-year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences division at UIC and a graduate research assistant for Cynthia Klein-Banai and Elizabeth Kocs. Outside of UIC, she volunteers with a non-profit organization Healthy Hood Chicago in Pilsen to increase food security and access to resources. She received her B.S. in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cynthia is passionate about health equity, food justice and physical activity promotion in underserved populations.