As a medical anthropologist, I conceptualize body, health, illness, and healing as ever-evolving products of social, cultural, and historical contexts, such that promoting health entails addressing both its biomedical and sociocultural components. Social inequity and health disparity permeate most cultural contexts. I trace inequity-health dynamics in populations marginalized on the basis of gender, age, ethnicity/race, economic status, nationality, employment, maternity/paternity, and sexual orientation. In research spanning two decades in non-profit, academic, and government positions, I have drawn on a synthesis of methodological tools to explore reproductive health, gender relations and violence, household production of health, elder health and care, participatory research methods, social capital, domestic service, and youth risk and preventive behavior. My early work focused on Mexican populations, while my recent work is based in Colorado, where I use public health planning to prevent illness and address inequity. Ultimately, I aim to promote social equity through health, and health through social equity.

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