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Ana Martínez-Donate, PhD

Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health

Dr. Ana P. Martínez-Donate is an Associate Professor of Community Health & Prevention in the Dornsife School of Public Health. Her areas of expertise are health promotion, behavioral epidemiology, community health, and health disparities. Her work has focused on underserved and vulnerable populations, with emphasis on Latino immigrants.

She applies a social ecological framework and principles of community-based participatory research to the analysis of determinants of health behaviors and the development and evaluation of interventions for disease prevention and health promotion among disparity populations.

Some of her ongoing research focuses on 1) understanding the health status and healthcare needs of Mexican migrants crossing through the U.S.-Mexico border region; 2) examining the negative impact of parental deportation on the children of immigrant families; 3) understanding syndemics among Latino immigrants in Philadelphia, with emphasis on four syndemic factors: substance use, violence, HIV/AIDS, and mental health (SAVAME) and COVID-19; and 4) developing community-based responses to the SAVAME syndemic and COVID-19 pandemic by promoting leadership and resilience in the Latino immigrant community.

Dr. Martínez-Donate is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), presented to her by President Obama in 2010. She is the founding director of the Latino Health Collective. In 2020, she received the Community Champion Award from Congreso de Latinos Unidos for her work to promote the health of Latino communities in Philadelphia. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2008. She has served in committees for the NIH and the Institute of Medicine.