TODAY! Author Dr. Ruth Zambrana discusses Latino Families & Their Health Across the Life Cycle

Dr. Zambrana's work focuses on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status & other contextual variables in disparities in the provision of public health, human services & education with an emphasis on Latino women & children.

Ruth Enid Zambrana is Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. Zambrana’s work focuses on the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nativity and structural inequality with a focus on health and higher education. She is Principal Investigator of a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled "Understanding the Relationship between Work Stress at U.S. Research Institutions’ Failure to Retain Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty."

Her recent work includes, "Latinos in American Society: Families and Communities in Transition" (Cornell University Press, 2011) and an edited anthology with co-editor. Bonnie T. Dill entitled "Emerging Intersections: Race, Class and Gender in Theory, Policy and Practice" (Rutgers Press, 2009). Her current research focuses on: occupational stressors, academic diversity and health and mental well-being among historically underrepresented faculty in research intensive universities; and health behaviors, clinical biomarkers and psychosocial indicators associated with cardiovascular risk conditions by race, ethnicity and gender.

In 2007, she was honored by Hispanic Business Magazine as Woman of the Year for her commitment and dedication to improving the Hispanic community through her service and scholarship. In 2010-2012, she was selected to serve as an NSF ADVANCE professor at the University of Maryland to mentor non-STEM women of color faculty. Most recently, she was awarded the 2011 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the American Sociological Association, Sociology of Latinos/as Section for her contributions to the sociology of Latinos and immigrant studies, teaching and mentoring.

This event, co-hosted by the College of Health Sciences & Human Services along with the Department of Social Work, raises social justice issues and the structural inequalities that impact health and well being of the Latino community.