Philadelphia Ujima is equipped with dedicated staff that is skilled in health promotion and education.
Ana E. Núñez, MD
Principal Investigator

Director of the Center of Excellence, director of the Women’s Health Education Program, and professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine formerly MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Núñez received her medical degree and completed her residency training and chief residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her post-graduate training includes a fellowship in medical education at the Michigan State University Primary Care Faculty Development in 1993, a fellowship in Health Services Research at the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1995, and an Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, Drexel University College of Medicine in 2005.

Núñez has presented nationally at conferences addressing women’s health, curricular reform, women and minorities in medicine and cultural issues in health care delivery and practice. These include presentations at the Association of American Medical Colleges, the US Department of Health’s Conference for Cross-Cultural Issues and Women’s Health Education in Medical Schools and The Women’s Health Congress.

She has served as a consultant in integrating women’s health and cross-cultural issues in medical education for a number of institutions including the American Association of Medical College, the University of Pennsylvania, Meharry School of Medicine, University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine. Her expertise in cross-cultural health care includes her nationally replicated workshop that is part of her cross cultural seminar series for healthcare professionals, a core component in the Physician’s Assistant program curricula. She is an invited member of a national expert panel for developing tools to measuring cultural competence; a program supported by the Commonwealth Fund and spearheaded by the AAMC, and has been an invited reviewer to the United States Medical Licensing Education for cultural competence.

Candace Robertson-James, DrPH
Project Director & Evaluation Lead

Dr. Robertson-James received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Villanova University, her Masters of Public Health from MCP Hahnemann University and her Doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University School of Public Health. She is currently, instructor of medicine and the research manager at the Women’s Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine. Her primary research interests include exploring health disparities particularly those issues affecting women, minorities and adolescents.

In addition, she ensures that all Drexel University College of Medicine third year clerks, as well as first year students, receive training on intimate partner violence screening strategies in clinical venues.  She has conducted workshops on several women’s health topics (nutrition, healthy relationships, prevention, and wellness) in various community settings including a workshop series at the Riverside Correctional Facility, the women’s prison in the Philadelphia Prison System.

LidyvezLidyvez Mejia
Program Coordinator

Lidyvez Mejia, Research Assistant for the Dept. of Urban Health Equity, Research and Education, earned her Bachelors of Science from Syracuse University.  Upon graduation, she has worked extensively in the field of public health, actively participating in research and implementing health education for community based organizations.

Prior to being part of the Drexel University team, Lidyvez managed women’s health programs in New York City, in affiliation with the American Cancer Society, to increase breast and ovarian cancer screening for women of lower economic status; participated in research initiatives at the Mount School of Medicine for men and women of Color who were high risk for colon cancer, integrating health promotion through education and program implementation.

Currently, Lidyvez is actively involved in research projects promoting social justice reform, non-violence and their effects on trauma. She sits on the Steering Committee for a newly implemented initiative, Strawberry Mansion Community~ Trauma Informed Care; manages Research and development for a Re-entry program, focusing on men re-integrating into society, currently in its early stages phases of implementation for Federal and State institutions, nationally.

Lidyvez continues to participate in various advocacy initiatives and programs in the 22nd Police district, Philadelphia and other disenfranchised communities in the US who experience injustice, violence and inequality.


Winnie Jones
utive Secretary 
Winnie has been with WHEP almost six years and with Philadelphia Ujima since its inception. She is a trained medical assistant, but the majority of her time is spent doing administrative work for the department. Winnie brings to Ujima an extensive background in administration. She has earned many certificates in training from the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program at Temple University. These include certificates in Excel, Introduction to PowerPoint and Desk Top Publishing: Using Microsoft Publisher. She has recently completed courses at Drexel University in Medical Terminology and Physician-Based Medical Coding. Before entering the medical spectrum, she served as a warehouse analyst for the General Electric RE-Entry Systems Department where she held a Department of Defense secret security position for 17 years.