Lina Salam is a Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Berkeley. She is also a Masters of Science graduate in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco. In her graduate studies, she conducted research to explore the impact of gender and family dynamics on contraceptive decision-making among women in Uganda. Currently she is working on a tobacco cessation project among the Arab American community in SF/Bay Area to assess and reduce the barriers associated with tobacco use and misuse. More specifically, she is working with Arab American women and their families who want to quit and create smoke free household environments. Additionally, she is interested in understanding how society and health behaviors influence marginalized communities affected by substance use disorders, with an emphasis on bridging health disparity gaps among communities of color and different socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly women. In her previous research experience, Ms. Salam worked with homeless and incarcerated veterans with Opioid Use Disorder to improve their access to pharmacotherapy treatment. She hopes to continue combining her passion to advocate for and support underserved and under researched communities. In addition, she aims to use her interdisciplinary knowledge in social, economic, and environmental determinants of health in the global health world to empower others to become active agents in their own health and health behaviors.