Professor of Health Policy and Chair
Health Management and Policy, Center for Population Health and Community Impact
BA, Economics, University of New Mexico; MPH, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Boston University; PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan
Alex Ortega, PhD, an epidemiologist, health services researcher, and community health interventionist, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Prior to his appointment at Drexel, Professor Ortega served on the public health faculties of UCLA, Yale University, and The Ohio State University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. At UCLA, he held a variety of leadership positions including the Director of the UCLA Institute for Social Research, Director of the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, and Associate Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. His UCLA health disparities research center was one of only five funded nationally by NHLBI.
Ortega is internationally-recognized for his research and public advocacy in improving the health and well-being of Latino children and families in the United States, especially for those who are undocumented or are otherwise disenfranchised. He has conducted NIH, AHRQ, and foundation-funded research in a variety of sites and contexts, including Puerto Rico, New England, and Southern California. He is best known for his community-engaged research and academic pipeline programs in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, California, where he and his colleagues worked to transform the food environment in these urban food swamps by using youth-engagement and social justice strategies. He is a recipient of multiple research awards including the Distinguished Nationally-Known Health Professional Award by the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association.
- Epidemiological methods in health services research
- Health needs of Latino children and families
- Health disparities intervention research
- Youth engagement in community interventions
Kuo AA, Sharif MZ, Albert SL, Glik D, Prelip ML, McCarthy WM, Roberts C, Belin T, Ortega AN. Training the next generation of Latino health researchers: A multi-level, transdisciplinary, community-engaged approach. Health Promotion Practice, in press. PMC Journal: In process.
Ortega AN, McKenna RM, Langellier BA, Alcala HE, Roby DH. Experiences in care by parental citizenship and language use among Latino children in California. Academic Pediatrics, in press. PMC: No federal funds for this study.
Alcalá HE, Chen J, Langellier BA, Roby DH,Ortega AN. The impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care access and utilization among Latinos. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2017;30:52-62. PMC Journal: In process.
Ortega AN, Albert SL, Chan-Golston AM, Langellier BA, Glik DC, Belin TR, Garcia RE, Brookmeyer R, Sharif MZ, Prelip ML. Substantial improvements not seen in health behaviors following corner store conversions in two Latino food swamps. BMC Public Health, 2016;16:389. PMCID: PMC4864998.
Chen J, Vargas Bustamante A, Mortensen K, Ortega AN. Racial and ethnic disparities in health care access and utilization under the Affordable Care Act. Medical Care, 2016;54(2):140-146. PMCID: PMC4711386.
Alcalá HE, Albert SL, Roby DH, Beckerman J, Champagne P, Brookmeyer R, Prelip ML, Glik DC, Inkelas M, Garcia RE, Ortega AN. Access to care and cardiovascular disease prevention: a cross-sectional study in two Latino communities, Medicine, 2015;94(34):e1441. PMCID: PMC4602927.
Ortega AN, Rodriguez HP, Vargas Bustamante A. Policy dilemmas in Latino health care and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Annual Review of Public Health, 2015;36:525-44. PMCID: PMC4890541.
Vargas Bustamante A, Fang H, Garza J, Carter-Pokras O, Wallace SP, Rizzo JA, Ortega AN. Variations in healthcare access and utilization among Mexican immigrants: the role of documentation status. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2012;14:146-155. PMCID: PMC3256312
Vargas-Bustamante A, Chen J, Rodriguez HP, Rizzo JA, Ortega AN. Use of preventive care services among Latino subgroups: How much are disparities attributable to the health system? American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2010;38:610-619. PMC: No federal funds for this study.
Ortega AN, Fang H, Perez VH, Rizzo JA, Carter-Pokras O, Wallace SP, Gelberg L. Health care access, use of services, and experiences among undocumented Mexicans and other Latinos. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2007;167(21):2354-2360.
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