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Yvette D. Castañeda, PhD, MPH, MBA
Dr. Yvette Castañeda is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Foundational Sciences and Humanities at the Chicago Medical School and Community Engagement Core Lead for the Michael Reese Foundation Center for Health Equity Research. She earned a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration from The UIC School of Public Health (SPH), and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Liautaud Graduate School of Business; a PhD in Kinesiology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as well as a completed a postdoctoral fellowship with The Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety (GLC-OHS) at the UIC-SPH. Her experience broadly spans across the following areas of expertise: teaching, mix methods research and analysis, leadership development, strategic planning, culturally responsive evaluation, community health assessment, quality of life, social-contextual antecedents to chronic disease, precarious employment and labor market disparities, and population health of ethnically diverse populations, and the undocumented. She joined RFUMS in 2022.
Her research interests include
- working with communities/community partners and academic stakeholders to improve health and equity through community-based research
- support of community leaders and community health workers in research partnerships,
- mix methods research, assessment, and evaluation with direct implementation of results at the community level,
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Bonney, T., Rospenda, K, Forst, L., Conroy, L., Castañeda, D., Avelar, S., Castañeda, Y., Holloway, A., & Herbert-Beirne, J. (2022). Employment Precarity and Increased Risk of Hazardous Occupational Exposures Among Residents of High Socioeconomic Hardship Neighborhoods. Annals of Work Exposures & Health. Doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxac062
Pineros-Leano M, Tabb K, Liechty, J., Castañeda, Y., Williams, M. (2019). Feeding decision-making among first generation Latinas living in non-metropolitan and small metro areas. PLoS ONE 14(3): e0213442. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213442.
Hebert-Beirne, J., Hernandez, S., Felner, J., Schwiesow, J., Mayer, A., Rak, K., Chavez, N., Castañeda, Y., & Kennelly, J. (2018). Using Community-Driven, Participatory Qualitative Inquiry to Discern Nuanced Community Health Needs and Assets of Chicago’s La Villita, a Mexican Immigrant Neighborhood. Journal of Community Health, 43(4), 775-786. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0484-2.
Hernandez, S., Genkova, A., Castañeda, Y., Alexander, S., & Hebert-Beirne, J. (2017). Oral Histories as Critical Qualitative Inquiry in Community Health Assessment. Health Education and Behavior, 44(5), 705-715. doi: 10.1177/1090198117728546.
Hebert-Beirne, J., Felner, J., Kennelly, J., Eldeirawi, K., Mayer, A., Alexander, S., Castañeda, Y., Castañeda, D., Persky, V., Chavez, N., & Birman, D. (2017). Partner Development Praxis: The Use of Transformative Communication Spaces in a Community-Academic Participatory Action Research Effort in a Mexican Ethnic Enclave in Chicago. Action Research Journal, 0(0), 1-23. doi: 10.1177/1476750317695413.
McLoughlin, G., Weisman, C., Castañeda, Y., Gwin, C., & Graber, K. (2017). Sport Participation for Elite Athletes With Physical Disabilities: Motivations, Barriers, and Facilitators. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 34(4), 1-7. doi: 10.1123/apaq.2016-0127.
Hebert-Beirne, J., Felner, J., Castañeda, Y., & Cohen, S. (2016). Enhancing Themes & Strengths Assessment: Leveraging Academic-Led Qualitative Inquiry in Community Health Assessment to Uncover Roots of Community Health. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, (4), 370-379. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000478.
Spencer, N., Adamson, M., Allgayer, S., Castañeda, Y., Haugen, M., King-White, R., Kluch, Y., Rinehart, R., & Walton-Fisette., T. (2016). Teach-ins as Performance Ethnography Athletes’ Social Activism in North American Sport. International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(4), 489-514. doi: 10.1525/irqr.2016.9.4.489.
Cisneros, C., Charmaz, K., Allatore, F., Tamas, S., Davidson, J., Johnson, John., Tilley-Lubbs, G., Bernard, S., Soto Orozco, M., Lather, P., Faulkner, S.L., Luna Torres, J., Pourreau, L., Hein, S., Keller, R., Rawlins, W., Reinhart, R., Ryen., A., Gilgu, J., Castañeda, Y., Castañeda, D., Hernández, D., Allen, M., Hesse-Biber, S., Rubilar Donoso, G., Espinoza, A., Gazpar de la Cruz, E.A., Ferreyra, G., Amira de la Garza, S., Labarthé, V., & González-Gutiérrez, L., (2015). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 . . . 43: Justice! Ay! Ay! Ayotzinapa: A Challenge for New Critical Qualitative Inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 22(6), 447-465. doi:10.1177/1077800415615622
Schwingel, A., Linares, D., Galvez, P., Adamson, B., Aguayo, L., Castañeda, Y., Sebastião, E., & Marquez, D. (2015). Developing a Culturally Sensitive Lifestyle Behavior Change Program for Older Latinas. Qualitative Health Research, 1-14. doi:10.1177/1049732314568323.