Meet the Team

Miosotis Alsina
Program Manager of the Community Asthma Programs and Administrative Director of the Asthma Camp at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Alsina has a background in elementary education and development. Her focus is assisting health professionals, community members, and families to improve the health of children, particularly those with asthma. Before joining the Community Asthma Programs, Alsina directed recruitment and community outreach for the Childhood Asthma Research Program at the Bradley Research Center and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Currently, she manages the staff at the Community Asthma Programs, and ensures the provision of high-quality, state-of-the-art education, interventional resources, and a higher quality of life for children, and the families of children, with chronic diagnosis of asthma. Alsina has a passion for engagement within the community, which she practices by participating in various boards, and assisting community organizations with direct and indirect input and assistance. She has worked with community programs as a point of guidance to help secure funding and security, and provides input on historical background of program functionality. Overall she has served for more than 14 years in the health care field, and has spent over 16 years helping in the community.

Staff Psychologist

Jandasek is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in child and pediatric psychology. She is interested in health behaviors of adolescents and young adults with chronic illness, patient-physician collaboration, and health disparities. Jandasek is passionate about her work with children and families, and has been teaching children about asthma for over 3 years.

Clinical Psychologist

Background Information

Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with an interest in pediatric psychology. She has a particular interest in working with urban children with chronic illnesses and psychological concerns. She is currently the director of education for the Community Asthma Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital and she is the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded studies focusing on cultural and contextual factors affecting disease management behaviors and morbidity in urban children.

Koinis-Mitchell received her BA from Boston College. She completed her graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Massachusetts.

Research Interests

Koinis-Mitchell's primary research interests involve the examination of how urban living and cultural factors impact children and families' chronic disease management. She has focused much of her research on pediatric asthma health disparities, given the prevalence of asthma in urban settings and ethnic minority groups. She applies a resilience-based theoretical framework to her research. Koinis-Mitchell is the principal investigator of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health that examines the co-occurrence of sleep quality and academic performance in urban children who have asthma and allergic rhinitis, as well as healthy children.

Renata Tejada
Recruitment Specialist for the Community Asthma Programs

Tejada specializes in recruiting families for the many initiatives the Community Asthma Program offers.  Tejada, provides various administrative services and helps assist with all programs recruitment process, registration and the variety of other components.  She enjoys work for the Community Asthma Programs and is extremely passionate about her work.

Arelis Valerio, MD
Community Education Coordinator

Before moving to the United States, Valerio was a practicing physician in the Dominican Republic. For the past four years, Valerio has worked as part of the Respiratory and Immunology Center team. Her responsibilities include recruitment, program development and facilitating educational workshops in Spanish. She also coordinates the Hispanic asthma support group for parents of children with asthma. She is a recognized leader among Providence's burgeoning Latino community and serves on board of directors for the HELP Lead Safe Center and Childhood Lead Action Project. Valerio has a son with asthma.