Chaya is the Director of the Child Health Data Lab—a department within the Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) of Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Her work centers on using data to advance racial and social justice issues, particularly in reaching health equity for children. Chaya has significant experience working collaboratively with community-based organizations to facilitate social and health change. She co-directs the community-engaged research component of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National and co-chairs its Community Advisory Board. In addition, Chaya holds a faculty appointment at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences as an assistant professor of pediatrics.
Her passion for social and racial justice crosses into her professional and personal life.
Chaya lives outside of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia, where she is involved in the school system, the local homeless shelter and the food assistance center. As a mother of two teenage girls who are starting their own personal advocacy journeys, she spends many hours volunteering and supporting local programs, from cooking and delivering meals to fundraising for the food bank to writing op-ed advocacy pieces. She works with her daughters’ school systems to educate youth on social justice issues and actions they can take to make an impact in their communities.