Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine & Public
Our nation and other countries around the world must deal with the important issue of health disparities. One researcher is doing her part by conducting extensive research on health disparity issues both here in the United States and in Brazil. Paula’s work has included studies related to cancer prevention, tobacco cessation and prevention among rural smokers and Latinos, the reduction of health disparities among Latinos, immigrant health, and e-health initiatives that employ computer kiosks and telemedicine. Her passion is evident in her active engagement in a number of organizations and coalitions that promote health in Latino communities throughout Kansas. Over the past 5 years, she also has been highly involved in the development and implementation of research projects incorporating cultural factors and principles of community-based participatory research. Paula is also involved as an active board member of the Kansas Center for Health Disparities and member of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission.