Census Research Assistant
Jennifer M. Koo (she/her) joined NDRN in April 2021 as a Research Assistant. She currently works with the NDRN Census Team to conduct a large-scale investigation of disability representation and inclusion in federal data. Some of her contract objectives and responsibilities include researching federal data sources (including the Census and American Community Survey), engaging a multistakeholder network (through maintaining strong relationships with Protection and Advocacy systems, disability rights organizations, and federal partners), producing interactive webinars and materials to guide public policy around the census and data collection on people with disabilities, and conducting independent demographic research on intersectionality within the disability rights movement. Her calling to disability justice is strongly rooted in her personal experiences navigating life as a person of color with disabilities.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2020 with twos honors degrees in Allied Health Sciences (B.S.) and Sociology (B.A.). Through her involvement with the UConn Writing Center, Honors Program, and Office of Undergraduate Research, she spearheaded multiple independent research and community projects focused on health equity and disability access/inclusion and served as a teaching fellow and tutor to underrepresented students of all abilities and backgrounds. She currently serves as an anti-poverty (RESULTS) and health equity (R2H Action) leader, where she mobilizes elected officials to take urgent, life-saving action, and connects and supports a multi-state network of over 500+ community members in their advocacy. In addition, she regularly collaborates with a diverse selection of professionals and partners to create interactive community panels that will advance health equity in Connecticut. Moving forward, she is committed to using her voice (through research, narrative, & public policy) to reimagine U.S. and global health architecture and dismantle barriers to flourishing for all.