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Tackling intersectional social isolation among Latinx and LGBTQ communities during COVID-19

This presentation will conceptualize intersectional social isolation and describe the process of developing a critical consciousness-based intervention to decrease social isolation among LGBTQ+ Latinx youth. Because this intervention was piloted during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the research documented how the pandemic exacerbated isolation and structural barriers for Latinx communities throughout Oregon. The presentation will feature some of the work produced in the intervention, including a sampling of telenovela videos and solidarity-inspiring posters created by our youth.

Presented by CPHHS Associate Professor Jonathan Garcia and doctoral student Nancy Vargas, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars.

Jonathan Garcia received his doctorate from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and postdoctoral training at the Yale School of Public Health. He uses innovative and participatory methods to develop public health interventions and inform the implementation of clinical trials. He works both globally and domestically on health disparities that emerge at the intersection of sexuality, gender and race. His work has focused on devising community-led approaches to social inclusion, HIV prevention, and Hepatitis C treatment access, especially among Latinos and LGBT populations. He maintains key partnerships in Brazil, Peru and India.

Nancy Vargas, MPH is the Program Coordinator for the Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity (ENLACE) Program and a PhD student in the Health Promotion and Health Behavior Program in the CPHHS. She earned her MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Management at California State University Fullerton. Her public health work and research focus on addressing Latinx health inequities.

Friday, February 4 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Hallie E. Ford Center For Healthy Children and Families, 115
2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97330

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Lecture or Presentation

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Health and Well-being, Research


Community Members, Faculty and Staff, Student, Alumni, Industry Partner, Online




College of Public Health and Human Sciences
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Marie Harvey

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