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“Latino Health Research in the 21st Century”

Hector M. González, PhD
Associate Professor
Wayne State University
Institute of Gerontology &
Department of Family Medicine & Public Health Sciences
Division of Population Health Science

 West Conference Room, B616, at 12:00 p.m.

Abstract: By year 2050, Latinos will represent one-third of the U.S. population. Yet, the complex cultural and demographic mosaic of Latinos is often overlooked in epidemiology and health sciences. In this seminar, I will discuss aspects of my Latino health research program. I will present recent work in psychiatric epidemiology and mental healthcare utilization to illustrate how understanding ethnic/racial diversity can be used to improve our understanding Latino health and healthcare. In doing so, I will reference new theoretical work I have developed on the lifecourse of the Latino Health Paradox. I will then focus the majority of the seminar on describing the state of Latino dementia neuroepidemiology and new work.

About the speaker:

Dr. González’ primary research interest is in Latino health and he specializes in neuroepidemiology, psychiatric epidemiology and health services. His research is focused on identifying modifiable factors associated with improving Latino health and healthcare. He has written on the health of older Mexican Americans and the Latino Health Paradox, and his scholarly writing is reshaping current understanding of healthcare inequalities, especially among Latino ethnic groups. Dr. González is PI of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Neurocognitive Reading Center, which is funded by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is also funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine late-life depression in the United States. He was a contributing author of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force to revise the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change and the APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status.