Christina Reaves (MPH, George Washington University 2003) is deputy director of the new Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) in the School of Medicine at the University of California Riverside. The CHC is a research center that promotes multi-disciplinary community-engaged research aimed at improving the health of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse communities in the Inland Empire. She came to UCR in 2014 with over 9 years of experience as a research project director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Christina was also the administrative director for the UAMS Translational Research Institute, funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science. She has directed multi-site health services research studies as well as community-based studies involving veterans, rural African Americans in the Arkansas Delta region, and faith-based organizations.