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Airin Martinez
Assistant Professor in Health Policy & Management Department of Health Promotion and Policy, School of Public Health & Health Sciences


Airin joined the Department of Health Promotion & Policy in 2018. She is a medical sociologist with training from the University of California-San Francisco. She completed the W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars postdoctoral fellowship in community-based participatory research and health disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research examines how sociopolitical conditions and institutional racism produce chronic disease disparities among Latinx immigrants and their US-born children. Dr. Martinez’s research has included a situational analysis of comiendo bien (eating well) among Latinx immigrant families in San Francisco, where she identified the transnational inequities that sustain and transform practices of healthy eating. She has also collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to examine the relationship between health and place among older adults in the Bay Area and cardiovascular disease and occupational health risks among Latinx immigrants in Baltimore. She is recently completed a Phoenix-based project that examines how the local implementation of immigration enforcement policies creates material deprivation and psychosocial stress among Mexican mixed-status families, with at least one unauthorized immigrant. Her future research is examining the health effects of structural and interpersonal racism in Latinx parent-youth dyads. She is also evaluating with partners at the Holyoke Health Center, among others, a healthy living and obesity prevention initiative, Let’s Move Holyoke 5-2-1-0. She hopes that her research can inform structural interventions that promote health equity and inform community-based prevention strategies.