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Edna Viruell-Fuentes
eviruell @ uiuc.edu
510 E. Chalmers
(217) 244-0723

Assistant Professor
Edna Viruell-Fuentes

Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies Program

Professor Viruell-Fuentes̓ health disparities research seeks to unravel the complex relationships between immigration and health. Her work builds on the premise that studying immigrant health offers insights into the impact of social contexts on health status, which in turn can contribute to the elimination of health disparities. Based on her field research in immigrant communities, she has proposed several conceptual re-directions to immigrant health research. She is currently testing these ideas in her quantitative work and conducting a project to examine the (health) impacts of migration in immigrant-sending communities.

Dr. Viruell-Fuentes is the co-author of several publications on community-based participatory research. In addition, she is the author of "‘My heart is always there’: The Transnational Practices of First-generation Mexican Immigrant and Second-generation Mexican American Women, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 13(July-September 2006), 335-362. Her article "Beyond acculturation: Immigration, Discrimination, and Health Research among Mexicans in the United States" will soon appear in Social Science and Medicine.

Dr. Viruell-Fuentes holds an M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She recently completed a joint Yerby-Kellogg Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health.

COURSES

Latin American and Latino Migrations
Immigration and Health

PUBLICATIONS

Viruell-Fuentes, E.A. (In Press). "Beyond Acculturation: Immigration, Discrimination, and Health Research among Mexicans in the United States." Social Science and Medicine.

Cacari Stone, L., Viruell-Fuentes, E.A., Acevedo-Garcia, D. (2007). "Understanding the Socio-Economic, Health Systems & Policy Threats to Latino health: Gaining New Perspectives for the Future." Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 5 (Special Issue on Health Disparities & Social Justice), 82-104.

Viruell-Fuentes, E.A. (2006). "‘My heart is always there’: The Transnational Practices of First-generation Mexican Immigrant and Second-generation Mexican American Women." Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 13(3), 335-362.

 Edna Viruell-Fuentes' Curriculum Vitae