Vela’s expertise is in health system transformation and innovation at the intersection of service delivery and technology. She possesses a unique combination of health knowledge, business acumen and systems engineering skills to examine gaps across policy, processes and technology to address strategic and operational alignment. She is passionate about applying the human centered design process to redesign how we deliver healthcare. Vela’s current research examines how health systems integrate patient centered care to enhance patient access, clinical outcomes and health equity while controlling costs.
Shows how specific integrins facilitate the healing process of injured skin.
Analyses the impact of social determinants on the risky sexual behavior of African American in Washington, D.C. Contributes to our understanding of the role of certain social determinants, namely depression and unstable housing, in increasing risky sexual behavior among poor African American women.
Describes fears surrounding HIV infection among urban African American women, through a Qualitative study.