Dr. May Ying Ly is Program Manager for the Women + Girls Research Alliance at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She is a social worker by training with extensive experience in the non-profit sector where she was the executive director of two agencies and co-founder of one, all of which helped to advance the awareness and prevention of cancer and mental health issues in Southeast Asian women and girls. Her work with these agencies earned her local, state, and national recognition. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award. She is a recent graduate of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s Nursing Science and Healthcare Leadership PhD program at the University of California at Davis. Her dissertation work was on health disparity with a focus on obesity and cardiovascular risk among Hmong-Americans. She is interested in continual community participatory research to engage the community and decrease health disparities, especially among communities of color.