Interdisciplinary Advocacy for Low Income, High-Risk Families

Interdisciplinary Advocacy for Low Income, High-Risk Families

Jessica Goodkind
McCune Foundation
02/16/2013 – 02/28/2015

Improving Health Outcomes among Native Americans with Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

This project is a secondary analysis of a data extracted from Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribal health data systems.  The project has three Specific Aims: 

Addressing Social Determinants to Reduce Refugee Mental Health Disparities

The goal of this study is to test an ecological/empowerment approach to reducing mental health disparities among socioeconomically disadvantaged Central African and Iraqi refugee adults by examining the effectiveness of a community-based advocacy, learning, and social support intervention (Refugee Well-being Project, RWP) that addresses social determinants of mental health and incorporates an evidence-based trauma treatment (Narrative Exposure Therapy, NET) for refugees with PTSD.

Gabe Sanchez named RWJ Foundation Center for Health Policy Executive Director

Provost Chaouki Abdallah announced that Gabriel R. Sanchez has been named executive director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. Sanchez is an associate professor of political science at UNM and has served as the interim director of the RWJF Center over the past year.
Established in 2007, the RWJF Center for Health Policy is a physical, educational and cultural home for promising health policy scholars and researchers from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds.

“Engaging in community-based participatory policy work to address obesity in tribal communities: The THRIVE study”

Start: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 1:31 pm

End: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Policy and environmental strategies to improve access to healthy foods are increasingly recommended to address obesity.  Such strategies are critical in Native American communities where more than half of Native youth are overweight and obesity rates among both Native youth and adults continue to rise.


Advancing Health Equity For Native American Youth

Start: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 8:30 am

End: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm

This one-day public workshop will explore the challenges and oprutunities facing Native American youth today, and how these effect health outcomes.


Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education: Implications for Earnings, Health, and Other Socioeconomic Outcomes

Start: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:30 pm

End: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Mora will discuss how demographic changes and the growing Hispanic population mean that Hispanic student success in higher education has become an increasingly important national issue. In addition to providing a demographic overview that also considers heterogeneity among the Hispanic population, Dr. Mora will discuss preliminary results from an ongoing study (co-authored with Dr.


Weathering Social Climate Change and Austerity Urbanism

Start: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

End: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Dr. Geronimus will discuss how the decades old high priority national public health objective of eliminating racial/ethnic health inequality remains seemingly impervious to efforts and intentions. Disciplinary compartmentalization and lack of clarity or consensus on central constructs – most prominently including race/ethnicity, itself -- importantly contribute to this dilemma. Models emphasizing the dynamic, relational, and contingent nature of race or ethnicity have been theorized, yet few empirical studies of health inequality draw on this theoretical base.

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