Alana LeBrón, assistant professor, engages a community-based participatory research approach to studying how social inequalities shape inequities in wellbeing, morbidity and mortality for marginalized communities. She focuses specifically on the intersections of racial and ethnic identities, socioeconomic position, gender, immigrant generation, and documentation statuses and their relationship to health, as well as strategies that communities engage to disrupt the linkages between social inequalities and health. Much of her work centers on the social determinants of health of Latino communities. Her work has been published in several public health journals, including Progress in Community Health Partnerships, Ethnicity & Disease, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, and Health Promotion & Practice.
She joins UCI’s Department of Chicano/Latino studies and Program in Public Health after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan-based National Center for Institutional Diversity. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health after earning her master’s in public health from Harvard University and her bachelor’s from Bowdoin College in Maine.
LeBrón’s research style and topics fit in well with UCI’s community of engaged scholars and she’s excited to become part of that network.