In order to achieve mental health equity, it is crucial to engage in research that intentionally centers community voices and needs. Elizabeth’s research focuses on utilizing dissemination and implementation science and community-based participatory research approaches to increase access to culturally appropriate, evidence-based mental health services. Elizabeth’s current work aims to serve Latinx youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families via a Promotora-led intervention that seeks to increase service utilization. Elizabeth aims to leverage her research to build toward health equity, inform policy, and contribute to systemic change by reducing disparities in mental health service access and utilization among underserved youth and families.
MORE ABOUT ELIZABETH
As a first-generation Latinx scholar from a rural border town, Elizabeth’s research interests are grounded by a growing awareness of the complex relationships between economic, structural, and cultural barriers that affect health equity. Elizabeth aims to use her research to work alongside her community to reduce barriers to community health.