Dr. Martinez-Donate serves as the principal investigator for Migrante.
She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. Dr. Martinez-Donate's areas of expertise are health promotion, behavioral epidemiology, community health, and health disparities. Her research interests range from HIV prevention to tobacco control, cancer screening, health literacy, and obesity prevention. Dr. Martinez-Donate's work has focused on underserved and vulnerable populations, particularly Latino immigrants. She applies a social ecological framework to the analysis of determinants of health-related behaviors and the development and evaluation of community-based interventions for disease prevention and health promotion. Personal Website.
Maria Gudelia Rangel
Dr. Rangel Gomez has a distinguished public and academic career in health public policy, research and teaching. Most of her academic research has been at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Baja California, where she served as Director for Population Studies, 2003 to 2004, and as General Director of Academic Affairs, 2004 to 2007. In the field of public health, she served as the Coordinator of the Baja California Outreach Office, Mexico Section of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, 2008 to early 2011. She currently serves as Deputy General Director for Migrants Health from the Ministry of Health besides being the Executive Secretary of U.S.-México Border Health Commission, Mexico Section.
Ms. Escalante provides data management and administrative support for Migrante. She is based at the Mexico Section of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission.
Ms. Morales is a graduate of Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and entitled in 2009 as a Chemical Pharmacobiologist. She has 10 years of experience in field work with migrant populations and risk factors for acquiring HIV/AIDS. She has worked on several projects for Dr. Gudelia Rangel and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte as a research assistant. She also teaches Biochemistry and Microbiology for the Bachelor of Nutrition at Xochicalco University. She is currently coordinating the data collection of the Migrante project “HIV Risk and Health Care Access Among Mexican Migrants”. She is based at the Mexico Section of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission.
Ms. Zujeil Flores serves as the project manager for Migrante based at Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. She has over 10 years of experience working with Latino communities in the U.S. and experience managing social and public health programs. Her areas of experience range from child development, child welfare, family violence, intimate partner violence, women’s wellness, traditional medicine, and developing culturally sensitive programs. She conducted her Master of public health fieldwork in rural Peru where she developed and conducted a survey with the local health care network to assess their formal training, knowledge and attitudes about culturally specific health and traditional medicine practices. She also assessed the community's experience with accessing health care services and their healthcare seeking behavior. She has a B.A. in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master in Public Health from Temple University.
Dr. Zhang is a research associate for Migrante based at UW-Madison. In 2013, she graduated with a PhD degree in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a B.M. and M.S. degree on Public Health from Beijing University in China. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the prevalence, trends, and factors associated with the use of home smoking bans in the U.S. In addition to tobacco control, her research interests also include HIV prevention, health care access and utilization, health disparities, and minority health. Xiao carries out data analysis and writes manuscripts for Project Migrante. Curriculum Vitae.
Investigators and Consultants
Dr. Amuedo-Dorantes is an economics professor at San Diego State University, a Research Fellow at CReAM, FEDEA and IZA, an Advisory committee member of the Americas Center Advisory Council at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the 2013-2014 recipient of the Garcia-Robles Border Fulbright. She is also the President-elect of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE). Her areas of interest include labor economics, international migration and remittances. Her work has been funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the International Development Bank, the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among other agencies. Curriculum Vitae.
Dr. Ahmed Asadi is a Psychology professor at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. He has over a decade of experience working with Dr. Martinez-Donate in research in Mexico and the U.S. He has served as interviewer, supervisor, and site coordinator for studies led by Dr. Martinez-Donate investigating HIV risk among Mexican high school students, tobacco use and home smoking policies in California and Mexico, and social marketing strategies targeting Latino men who have sex with men in North San Diego County. He currently collaborates with Dr. Martinez-Donate and Dr. Rangel to oversee data collection on the U.S.-Mexico border for an NIH-funded study on Mexican migrants’ access and utilization of healthcare. He supervises and coordinates 10 data collectors at the Tijuana bus, airport and deportation station to collect survey data from 2,000 participants.
Dr. González-Fagoaga has formal training in economics, demography and migration studies, and has dedicated his career to developing, implementing, and analyzing data from surveys of the Mexican migrant population. He has collaborated on diverse projects in the fields of border demography, health and migration, including several surveys with Dr. Rangel and Dr. Martinez-Donate on HIV risk and access to health in Mexican migrants traveling through the North border of Mexico, including migrants returning to Mexico via deportation. Currently Dr. Gonzalez-Fagoaga is an Investigator at US-Mexico Border Health Comission. He has served as Research and Statistics Coordinator for the Surveys on Migration in the Northern and Southern Borders of Mexico (EMIF Norte and EMIF Sur). He is also a professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California.
Dr. Guendelman is a professor of Maternal and Child Health, Health Services and Policy Analysis at the University of California - Berkeley School of Public Health. Personal website.
Dr. Hovell holds a PhD in Child Psychology and Human Development with specialization in adolescent development from the University of Kansas and a postdoctoral MPH in Social Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the Director for the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health (CBEACH).He is also Co-Director of DXA Testing Services and also serves as the Principle Investigator for the SDSU Research Foundation WIC Continuous Quality Improvement Service Program. Dr. Hovell is the former and founding Head of the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, where he currently enjoys the role of Distinguished Professor. His research focuses on the etiology of health-related behavior following the Behavioral Ecological Model (BEM). Curriculum Vitae. Publications.
Carlos Magis Rodríguez
Dr. Carlos Magis-Rodríguez is a physician and epidemiologist who has been working in the epidemiology of HIV since 1988 in the Mexican Ministry of Health. From 1990 to 1994 he was in charge of the National AlDS Case Registry. Since 1996, Dr. Magis‑Rodríguez has been in charge of research (1996-2010) and care (2013- current) at CENSIDA (Centro Nacional para la Prevención y Control del VIH/SIDA—The National Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS). Since 1993 he has been interested in injected drug use and HIV. From 1995 he began publishing about migration and HIV.
Christina Diaz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Demography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. Christina’s research interests revolve around international migration, social stratification, and processes of family formation. Her current projects investigate the health of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as well as patterns of assimilation among native and foreign-born populations. Christina’s work, which has been published in Demography and Social Science Research, received awards from the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America.