Jenny S. Guadamuz’s research involves examining disparities in cardiovascular disease and their structural causes. Her current focus is on cardiovascular medication use among immigrants in the US, which due to their immigration status may be excluded from the labor market, social safety net, and healthcare system. By focusing on structural causes of health disparities, Jenny hopes to identify areas that policymakers can address in the aim of improving health equity.
MORE ABOUT JENNY
Jenny S. Guadamuz is a first-generation American, born into a proudly Nicaraguan-American family. With a little luck and a lot of work, Jenny achieved some semblance of the American dream. However, the odds were against her and her community—those who live in impoverished, segregated cities. This is her motivation—she hopes to play a small role in changing those odds.
DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — MAY 2019
Immigration Status, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Medication Use in the United States
Despite the critical role of immigration status on cardiovascular health and medication use, this factor has largely been ignored in immigrant health research. The proposed dissertation attempts to fill this knowledge gap by investigating (1) the association between immigration status and the prevalence and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors; (2) the relationship between living in noncitizen enclaves and non-adherence to cardiovascular medications; and (3) individual and community level factors that mediate or confound these relationships.
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