Erica Browne is a doctoral student in the Berkeley School of Public Health.  Originally from Los Angeles, with strong roots in Covington, TN, she received her M.P.H. degree in Community Health Sciences from UCLA, and a B.A. in Development Studies from the International Area Studies program at U.C. Berkeley.  Erica’s interest in public health emerged from her curiosity about the cultural, economic, and social factors that circumscribe personal choice.  She has previously worked with Charles Drew University of Medicine &Science, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, and PolicyLink on various community health and health equity programs, and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar.  Her research interest includes a focus on organizational practice, and the extent to which non-profit hospital community benefit investments can support equitable economic development, and improved population health outcomes, in urban communities.