Jesus Ramirez-Valles, Ph.D., MPH, Director

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I use public health as the means for social change.


Jesus Ramirez-Valles is a public health leader, scholar, and filmmaker. He started his career as a community organizer on the US-Mexico border and over the last two decades has devoted his research to health equity here and abroad. His work is rooted on the social and behavioral sciences and in comumnity-engaged research, and is concerned with understanding and changing the negative health consequences of social exclusion such as stigmatization and racism. He has led academic programs in public health and worked on recruitment and retention of scholars of color. Professor Ramirez-Valles is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Education & Behavior.


Compañeros: Latino Activists in the Face of AIDS. University of Illinois-Chicago, 2011.

Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and the New Frontier in Gerontology. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Tal Como Somos/Just as We Are. Documentary, 2014.