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Staff Profile: Elisa González

Elisa M. González, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, has expertise in issues related to the social determinants of health with an emphasis on food and nutrition policies, youth workforce integration, and immigrant rights. She also has extensive knowledge about the history and ethics of public health, particularly in relation to the health and well-being of Latino populations. She is trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods including content analysis, field observation, historical analysis, survey methods, focus group moderation, and life history interviewing. Her dissertation on this subject won Dr. González the Marisa De Castro Benton Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University in 2016; the research was also supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining Community Science, she coordinated the Disconnected Youth Project at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, City University of New York, where she helped design and implement research activities to support interventions promoting the educational advancement and workforce integration of Puerto Rican and Dominican youth. She was also with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to conduct ethnographic research across various New York City neighborhoods to understand how immigrant communities relate to the criminal justice system and to identify gaps in knowledge. Dr. González earned her doctoral degree in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University.

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