Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Vasquez Guzman specializes in medical sociology, race/ethnicity, and health policy. Her work is concerned with systemic inequities and takes an equity lens to understand how to better address persisting health disparities. Her dissertation focuses on cultural competence and investigates the emergence, adoption, and implementation of medical education reform strategies to improve the delivery of care. Vasquez Guzman has served on a number of committees, participated in community-based research projects and has been part of organizations with a conscious effort to disseminate information beyond the academic walls. Currently, she works at the Center for Health Disparities at the University of New Mexico, where she is engaged with a research team investigating medical decision-making and bias among medical students. Her research aims to positively influence the health of the most vulnerable among us all.
Demonstrates how pharmaceutical companies use cultural scripts to expand their medical authority among the growing Latino population in the United States.
Investigates how academic health centers get creative in order to provide care for undocumented immigrants.
Evaluates five family engagement organizations working with Latino/as communities emphasizing their ability to bridge families and schools.
Sheds light on the importance of safe and civil schools by analyzing Latino students’ everyday experiences as recorded in a private book for a week.