Ana P. Martínez-Donate, PhD, is an associate professor of Community Health and Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Her work has focused primarily on Latino immigrants and other disadvantaged populations in the U.S. and abroad. Martínez-Donate's areas of expertise include health promotion, behavioral epidemiology, immigrant health, and health disparities. She applies a social ecological framework and participatory methods to the analysis of behavioral and social determinants of population health and to the development and evaluation of community-based interventions to promote the health of disparity populations. Currently, she serves as the PI for various projects that seek to 1) examine the negative impact of current immigration and deportation policies on the children of Latino immigrant families; 2) understand syndemic health conditions, such as substance use, violence, HIV/AIDS, and mental health (SAVAME), that disproportionately impact Latino immigrants in the U.S.; and 3) pilot test a community-based intervention to reduce the impact of the SAVAME syndemic on Latino immigrant communities in Philadelphia, using a peer-driven, resilience-based, and capacity-building approach. Martínez-Donate is also the lead investigator of a long-standing binational program of research on HIV risk and access to health services among Mexican migrants. At Drexel University, she leads the Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health Working Group, a group of faculty, fellows, and students interested in the intersection of these social determinants of health.
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