Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

India Ornelas

Assistant Professor, Health Services
University of Washington

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India Ornelas’ research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities, social determinants of health, Latino and immigrant populations, theory-based interventions, cancer prevention and control, and community-based participatory research–specifically, how social and cultural factors influence health disparities in racial/ethnic minority and immigrant communities. She employs both qualitative and quantitative methods in order to obtain a richer understanding of both the causes and consequences of health disparities, most often in Latino and immigrant communities. She has published on these topics in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, and Journal of Family Issues. She also has several projects to design and implement interventions to address Latino health disparities. She recently completed a study with community partner, CASA Latina, to reduce stress and prevent depression among Latina immigrant women. She also has a project to design and implement an intervention to reduce heavy drinking among Latino immigrant men.