Lopez Presents on Mental Health and Migration

Posted on 3/17/2016 1:36:18 PM

Gilberto 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.