Julián Ponce

Julián’s research informs policy that ensures Latinx and underrepresented communities have an equitable opportunity to live their longest and healthiest lives. His research interests are motivated by widening racial and ethnic health disparities in chronic disease mortality and morbidity in the United States and Latin America. Julián’s research focuses on investigating the relationship between economic resources, chronic disease, and depression outcomes among retired Latino older adults and immigrants. He is currently researching how socioeconomic conditions impact health outcomes upon retirement among older adults in México and Chile. In his future work, he will expand his studies cross-nationally to compare health outcomes between Mexicans in México and Mexican immigrants in the United States. His research is crucial for informing policy changes that improve economic support and longevity among Latino older adult populations and immigrants in the United States.

Julián is a first-generation scholar who grew up in a rural Mexican-immigrant household in the Central Valley of California. At age 15, he lost his mother to heart disease and became motivated to research and understand the societal and structural inequities that affect longevity among Latinx, low-income, and immigrant households.


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