Lopez will present a lecture titled “Social
Determinants of Immigrant Health: How Place Matters,” on March 16, 2016.
Gilberto Lopez, a doctoral student in the Social and
Behavioral Sciences Department at Harvard School of Public Health, spoke on his
research and the application of anthropology in public health. His research on
migration and mental health in a binational Mixteco community looked at the
relationship between where immigrants sleep, work, and play and their well-being.
Lopez’s research focused on the central question: How do
mental health outcomes (CES-D score) vary among migrants, non-migrants, and
return migrants? He specifically looked at prevalence of depression and nervios. Results from both surveys and
interviews conducted in Oaxaca and a community in San Diego were used to
address the research question.
This lecture was the second in the MARTI Spring 2016 Speaker
Series on Health and Disadvantaged Communities. The lecture drew approximately 40 students and faculty members from a
number of academic departments.