About Us

Maria Ivonne Rivera MPH

Ivonne has over fifteen years of experience in qualitative research design, development, training,  and implementation.  Maria Ivonne’s consulting practice focuses on providing services to organizations in the design and development of focus groups and key respondent interviews, intercept interviews, dyads and triads, cognitive testing interviews, evaluation and quantitative community surveys.

She has worked extensively with the African American, Ethiopian, Asian and Latino community in the DC metropolitan area in the areas of: interpretation, translation, training, forum and group facilitation, outreach, health education programs and evaluation.

Ivonne worked for 13 years at Children’s National Medical Center. She was a Research Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry overseeing various projects on mental health. She built a Language Services Program to provide medical interpretation to parents and children from various ethnics groups. She trained medical interpreters for culturally appropriateness interpretation techniques.

Her qualitative research experience is centered on consumer, social, and health issues.  Her research engagements have included explorations of respondent preferences regarding consumer goods/products, retail sales, including vending machines, respondent media preferences, barriers to decision-making, sectoral employment practices, political campaign messages, testing publications and audiovisual informational materials on a variety of health issues and products, traffic accident issues, health program evaluations, media campaign message evaluations, assessments of health risk factors in high-risk populations, barriers to health care decision-making, and health screening practices.  Her clients include advertising agencies, research companies, local and federal government agencies, universities, private corporations, and associations throughout the country.

Ivonne holds a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.  She has received qualitative research and moderator training at the RIVA Training Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and an active member of the Qualitative Research Consultants Association (QRCA). She is also, Member, Board of Directors, The HSC Health Care System, Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc.  Member, Board of Directors, The HSC Foundation and  a Member, Board of Directors, Proyecto Salud, Silver Spring, MD.

Chon Hwa Tsai-Morris PH.D

Dr. C. H. Tsai-Morris was born in Taipei, Taiwan and received her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas Medical School at Kansas City, KS. She continued her post-doctoral training at the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, University of Maryland School of Medicine at Baltimore, MD and at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Medicine of the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Dr. Tsai-Morris is a senior staff scientist in the Molecular Endocrinology Section, Program on Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. Her major research interests have focused on the regulatory mechanisms of reproduction and fertility control. She has led a variety of molecular engineering and cloning projects and published 88 articles in the scientific journals up to date (2014). Dr. Tsai-Morris was also invited by Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenics in Oncology & Haemetology to compose gene card of GRTH/DDX25, LH and Prolactin receptors relevant to cancer and other diseases. She is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Endocrine Society.
Dr. Tsai-Morris has become the member of the Proyecto Salud Board of Directors since 2003 after her late husband and the co-founder of Proyecto Salud, Dr. Michael S. Morris. Being part of Proyecto Salud is an essential way to express her respect and continued support of her husband's dream that "all individuals, regardless of social status or ethnic background, deserved quality health care." Now, it has become her commitment to public service.

Carol Garvey, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Carol Wilson Garvey joined the Board of Proyecto Salud in 2003. She was Montgomery County's Health Officer from 1995 to 2003, and prior to becoming Health Officer, she practiced family medicine in Montgomery County for over two decades. She is also a founder and board member of the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, the organization that is administering Montgomery Cares. She has served as Chair from December 2009 – May 2012

Dr. Garvey also chaired the board of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, which oversees public and private services for children and identifies and works to fill gaps in services, from December 2004 – December 2008. She has served on the advisory board of the Center for Health Disparities Research and Education of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and on Adventist HealthCare’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Health Disparities.  She is a Senior Technical Advisor to Montgomery County's Latino Health Initiative and belongs to the African American Health Program's Infant Mortality Coalition. She has also served on the Health Policy Committee of Advocates for Children and Youth.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Garvey received a B.A. from Radcliffe College, an M.D. from Columbia University, and an M.P.H. from Harvard University. She and her physician husband have one son who practices internal medicine outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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