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Kasim Ortiz, PhD, MS

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Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy, Drexel FIRST Program


PhD, Sociology, University of New Mexico
MS, Urban Studies & Planning, Savannah State University
BA, Sociology, University of West Georgia


Kasim Ortiz, PhD, MS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Ortiz joined the Dornsife School of Public Health as part of the Drexel FIRST (Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation) program.

Ortiz earned his PhD from the University of New Mexico in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, where he was a National Institute of Aging (NIA) Dissertation Fellow. He specializes in sexual and gender minority health disparities, with a focus on the role of racial stratification in shaping substance use behaviors and deploys primarily quantitative research methods. 

Ortiz has authored 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. His NIA-supported (R36) dissertation, “The Gayborhood Was Never Here For Some of Us! Health Consequences of Racialized Exclusion among Sexual Minorities across the Lifecourse” uses rigorous quantitative analytic strategies to understand how racial stratification, manifested in gayborhoods across the life course, shapes racial/ethnic variations in cigarette smoking among sexual minorities. His active and prospective research program employs critical race theory, intersectionality, racial capitalism, and life course frameworks (i.e., Health Equity Promotion Model) grounding unique examinations of how structural racism shapes the health of vulnerable populations.

Research Interests

  • Aging/Lifecourse
  • Community Engaged Research
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services Research
  • Population Health
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Inequalities
  • Sexual Minorities and Neighborhoods
  • Substance Use


Li, Dennis H.; Benbow, Nanette; Keiser, Brennan; Mongrella, Melissa; Kasim Ortiz; Villamar, Juan; Gallo, Carlos; Deskins, Jasmine S.; Hall, Casey D. Xavier; Miller, Corrine; Mustanski, Brian; Smith, Justin D. (2022). "Determinants of Implementation for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Based on an Updated Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research: A Systematic Review." Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

JA Ford, K Ortiz, TS Schepis, SE McCabe. Types of Criminal Legal System Exposure and Polysubstance Use: Prevalence and Correlates among US Adults in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015-2019. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2022 May 28:109511.

Cuevas, Adolfo & Stanton, Michael & Carvalho, Keri & Eckert, Natalie & Ortiz, Kasim & Assari, Shervin & Ransome, Yusuf. (2021). Stressful Life Events and Obesity in the United States: The Role of Nativity and Length of Residence. American Journal of Health Promotion. 36. 089011712110344. 10.1177/08901171211034410.

Li, Yuyi & Toseef, Mohammad Usama & Jensen, Gail & Ortiz, Kasim & González, Hector & Tarraf, Wassim. (2021). Gains in insurance coverage following the affordable care act and change in preventive services use among non-elderly US immigrants. Preventive Medicine. 148. 106546. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106546.

Garcia, Marc & Ortiz, Kasim & Chui, Chi-Tsun & Downer, Brian & Warner, David. (2020). Heterogeneity in Self-Reported Cognitive Impairment Life Expectancies Among Older Latino Subgroups in the United States. Innovation in Aging. 4. 612-613. 10.1093/geroni/igaa057.2076.

Garcia, Marc & Downer, Brian & Chiu, Chi-Tsun & Saenz, Joseph & Ortiz, Kasim & Wong, Rebeca. (2020). Educational Benefits and Cognitive Health Life Expectancies: Racial/Ethnic, Nativity, and Gender Disparities. The Gerontologist. 61. 10.1093/geront/gnaa112.

Wallerstein, Nina & Oetzel, John & Sanchez-Youngman, Shannon & Boursaw, Blake & Dickson, Elizabeth & Kastelic, Sarah & Koegel, Paul & Lucero, Julie & Magarati, Maya & Ortiz, Kasim & Parker, Myra & Peña, Juan & Richmond, Alan & Duran, Bonnie. (2020). Engage for Equity: A Long-Term Study of Community-Based Participatory Research and Community-Engaged Research Practices and Outcomes. Health Education & Behavior. 47. 380-390. 10.1177/1090198119897075.

Garcia, Marc & Ortiz, Kasim & Arevalo, Sandra & Diminich, Erica & Briceño, Emily & Vega, Iriving & Tarraf, Wassim. (2020). Age of Migration and Cognitive Function Among Older Latinos in the United States. Journal of Alzheimer's disease: JAD. 76. 10.3233/JAD-191296.

Ortiz, Kasim & Nash, Jacob & Shea, Logan & Oetzel, John & Garoutte, Justin & Sanchez-Youngman, Shannon & Wallerstein, Nina. (2020). Partnerships, Processes, and Outcomes: A Health Equity–Focused Scoping Meta-Review of Community-Engaged Scholarship. Annual Review of Public Health. 41. 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040119-094220.

Cuevas, Adolfo & Kawachi, Ichiro & Ortiz, Kasim & Pena, Mariam & Reitzel, Lorraine & Mcneill, Lorna. (2020). Greater social cohesion is associated with lower body mass index among African American adults. Preventive Medicine Reports. 18. 101098. 10.1016/j.pmedr.2020.101098.

Ortiz, Kasim & Garcia, Marc & Briceño, Emily & Diminich, Erica & Arevalo, Sandra & Vega, Irving & Tarraf, Wassim. (2020). Glycosylated Hemoglobin Level, Race/Ethnicity, and Cognition in Midlife and Early Old Age. Research in Human Development. 17. 20-40. 10.1080/15427609.2020.1743810.

Cuevas, Adolfo & Ortiz, Kasim & Ransome, Yusuf. (2019). The moderating role of race/ethnicity and nativity in the relationship between perceived discrimination and overweight and obesity: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. BMC Public Health. 19. 10.1186/s12889-019-7811-0.

Dickson, Elizabeth & Magarati, Maya & Boursaw, Blake & Oetzel, John & Devia, Carlos & Ortiz, Kasim & Wallerstein, Nina. (2019). Characteristics and Practices within Research Partnerships Addressing Health and Social Equity. Nursing Research. 69. 1. 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000399.

Faith, Trevor & Flournoy-Floyd, Minnjuan & Ortiz, Kasim & Egede, Leonard & Oates, Jim & Williams, Edith. (2018). My life with lupus: contextual responses of African-American women with systemic lupus participating in a peer mentoring intervention to improve disease self-management. BMJ Open. 8. e022701. 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022701.

Ortiz, Kasim & Cuevas, Adolfo & Salloum, Ramzi & Lopez, Nancy & Laveist, Thomas. (2018). Intra-Ethnic Racial Differences in Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among Latinos?. Substance Use & Misuse. 54. 1-10. 10.1080/10826084.2018.1480040.

Cuevas, Adolfo & Ortiz, Kasim & Lopez, Nancy & Williams, David. (2018). Assessing Racial Differences in Lifetime and Current Smoking Status & Menthol Consumption among Latinos in a Nationally Representative Sample. Ethnicity and Health. 25. 10.1080/13557858.2018.1447651.

See Dr. Ortiz's complete list of publications on Google Scholar