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My work as an early-stage investigator focuses on community-partnered exploratory research with underserved populations who are living with various health and social inequities. I have utilized the Life Course Theory, Vulnerable Populations Framework, and Mental Health Literacy as an approach to conceptualize illness across populations, and recognize the multiple and intersecting factors that influence health over a period of time. As a registered nurse, I have more than 15 years of experience in family-centered care with newborns and families. Additionally, I have knowledge in health disparities and mental health research. Examples of populations and subject matters that I have studied include: 1) assessing the mental health literacy of Mexican-American adolescent mothers concerning perinatal depression, 2) understanding the factors surrounding opioid-related maternal mortality, 3) examining the perspectives of Hispanic young fathers on parenthood, and 4) exploring the mental health needs of young fathers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These studies helped me understand the need for patient-centered care in order to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and cultivate a strong client-provider relationship. My community partnerships helped me appreciate the value of interprofessional collaborations and community engagement in promoting health and addressing the salient needs of individuals and their families. Through community-based participatory research my goal is to help marginalized populations gain access to vital health care resources and services that will improve health outcomes and well-being.
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