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CRUSADA LECTURE – Using Reflexive Ethnography to Understand Long -Term Drug and Health Disparities among Latino Young Adults

October 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Thursday, October 24, 1:00pm, AHC5 Room 300A, CRUSADA LECTURE – Using Reflexive Ethnography to Understand Long -Term Drug and Health Disparities among Latino Young Adults

 

Using Reflexive Ethnography to Understand Long-Term Drug and Health Disparities among Latino Young Adults

 

Alice Cepeda, PhD

Associate Professor

Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

University of Southern California

 

Avelardo Valdez, PhD

Professor, Social Work and Sociology;

Professor of Practice, Policy, Research & Advocacy for the Latino Population,

Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California

 

Thursday, October 24

1:00 pm

 

AHC-5,  Room 300a

Academic Health Center 5

Third Floor Conference Room

Summary 

Substance use and misuse are complex behaviors mediated by a multitude of biological, social, environmental and developmental factors.  Due to the multilevel determinants of addiction, interdisciplinary research teams must be cognizant of consumers’ daily lives “from within” their complex and dynamic social reality. Utilizing a reflexive ethnographical approach, we investigate how people come to understand, act, and manage their day-to-day experiences in specific settings.  We highlight the importance of this approach in understanding social interactions, systems, and processes that contribute to substance use risks, trajectories, and health outcomes among Latino populations. Using data from several 15+ year National Institute on Drug Abuse longitudinal studies with young adult, drug-using Mexican American women and men, we discuss the drug related health disparities caused by factors such as incarceration, cumulative trauma, and concentrated poverty.  Reflexive ethnography provides tools to see the world that is constructed by the observant participants (investigators, research staff, and users themselves) working together. We discuss how enhancing knowledge from this perspective can contribute to the development of more effective behavioral drug treatments and interventions for Latino populations.

 

Presenter Biographies

Alice Cepeda has focused her research on the social determinants that influence the development of drug abuse health disparities across generations in Mexican-origin populations.  Dr. Cepeda has received several NIH grants, and her most recent NIDA-funded study follows a cohort of Mexican American adolescent females who were affiliated with male gang members during their adolescence.

Avelardo Valdez has focused his research on the relationship between substance abuse and social and health consequences among high-risk groups. Dr. Valdez has investigated hidden populations, including youth and prison gang members, and heroin users. His most recent NIH grant focuses on the mechanisms by which immigration processes expose individuals to alcohol/drug dependence and mental and physical health disparities among recent immigrants floating between Mexico City and Los Angeles.

Details

Date:
October 24, 2019
Time:
1:00 pm

Venue

AHC5 300
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199 United States
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Details

Date:
October 24, 2019
Time:
1:00 pm

Venue

AHC5 300
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199 United States
+ Google Map