Aresha Martinez-Cardoso

Assistant Professor
Websites
Research Summary
Aresha Martinez-Cardoso is an interdisciplinary public health researcher and Instructor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research integrates theoretical perspectives from the social sciences with epidemiological methods in public health to examine how social inequality in the US shapes population health, with a particular focus on the health of racial/ethnic groups and immigrants. Martinez-Cardoso's work interrogate how race and social inequities have been deeply embedded into our nation’s culture and institutions and trace the biosocial mechanisms by which these inequities get “under the skin” to affect health across the lifecourse. Currently, Dr Martinez-Cardoso's research agenda is guided by three major lines of inquiry (1) conceptualizing structural racism and its impact on health (2) studying the biopsychosocial mechanisms by which lifecourse conditions shape health, and (3) empirically measuring the links between social inequities and health using diverse data sources. Martinez-Cardoso holds a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, and a MS in Community Health Sciences from UCLA.
Keywords
Racial Health Inequities, Migration, Race, Health Status, Latinos, Immigration and Emigration, Social Discrimination, Racism, Aging, Demographic, Demographic and Health Surveys
Education
  • University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, PhD Health Behavior and Health Education 2018
  • University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, MS Community Health Sciences 2013
  • University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, BA Latin American Studies 2010
Biosciences Graduate Program Association
Awards & Honors
  • 2019 - 2021 National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Publications
  1. Martinez-Cardoso A, Jang W, Baig AA. Moving Diabetes Upstream: the Social Determinants of Diabetes Management and Control Among Immigrants in the US. Curr Diab Rep. 2020 Aug 28; 20(10):48. View in: PubMed

  2. Novak NL, Geronimus AT, Martinez-Cardoso AM. Change in birth outcomes among infants born to Latina mothers after a major immigration raid. Int J Epidemiol. 2017 06 01; 46(3):839-849. View in: PubMed

  3. González Block MA, Vargas Bustamante A, de la Sierra LA, Martínez Cardoso A. Redressing the limitations of the Affordable Care Act for Mexican immigrants through bi-national health insurance: a willingness to pay study in Los Angeles. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Apr; 16(2):179-88. View in: PubMed