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India J. Ornelas

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Associate Professor, Health Systems and Population Health


Education

PhD   University of North Carolina, 2009   (Health Education, Health Behavior)
MPH   University of Washington, 1999   (Health Services)
BA   Brown University, 1996   (Health and Society)

Contact Info

email:   iornelas@uw.edu

office:   HRC 439

address:
University of Washington
3980 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195-1621

campus box:   351621
voice:   206-685-8887

About

India J. Ornelas teaches in the MPH program and is the Director of the MPH Core Curriculum. Her research focuses on understanding how social and cultural factors influence the health of Latino and American Indian communities. She collaborates with communities to develop and test culturally relevant interventions in the areas of mental health, substance use and cancer prevention.


Racial and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; American Indian populations; health promotion interventions; community-based participatory research; cancer prevention; mental health; substance use; coronavirus


Brown MC, Kava C, Bekemeier B, Ornelas IJ, Harris JR, Chan KCG, Robertson M, Hannon PA. Local Health Departments' Capacity for Workplace Health Promotion Programs to Prevent Chronic Disease: Comparison of Rural, Micropolitan, and Urban Contexts. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2020 Jun 1. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001182. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 32487926
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Carey CM, Williams EC, Torres VN, Ornelas IJ. Help-Seeking Patterns and Barriers to Care Among Latino Immigrant Men with Unhealthy Alcohol Use. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 Apr 8. doi: 10.1007/s40615-021-01039-y. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 33834422
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Ornelas IJ, Ogedegbe G. Listening to Latinx Patient Perspectives on COVID-19 to Inform Future Prevention Efforts. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Mar 1;4(3):e210737. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0737.  PMID: 33704469
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Hawley CN, Huber CM, Best LG, Howard BV, Umans J, Beresford SAA, McKnight B, Hager A, O'Leary M, Thorndike AN, Ornelas IJ, Brown MC, Fretts AM. Cooking for Health: a healthy food budgeting, purchasing, and cooking skills randomized controlled trial to improve diet among American Indians with type 2 diabetes. BMC Public Health. 2021 Feb 15;21(1):356. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10308-8.  PMID: 33588808    PMCID: PMC7883757
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Torres VN, Williams EC, Ceballos RM, Donovan DM, Duran B, Ornelas IJ. Participant engagement in a community based participatory research study to reduce alcohol use among Latino immigrant men. Health Educ Res. 2020 Oct 7. pii: cyaa039. doi: 10.1093/her/cyaa039. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 33025021    PMCID: PMC7768666
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2019
Member, dissertation committee for Meagan Brown
Promoting Health Among Vulnerable Workers: Disentangling Context and Implementation

2019
Chair, thesis committee for Cathea Carey
Help Seeking Patterns and Perceived Barriers to Care for Latino Immigrant Men with Unhealthy Alcohol Use

2019
Chair, capstone for Alejandra Palomino
Deportation, Return Migration and Mental Health: An Evaluation of Otros Dreams en Accion (ODA)

2019
Chair, dissertation committee for Vanessa Torres
Assessing alcohol-related consequences, participant satisfaction, and engagement strategies in the Vida PURA study of u healthy alcohol use among Latino day laborers.

2017
Member, dissertation committee for Kara Bensley
Racial/Ethnic and Rural Differences in Alcohol Use, Care and Related Outcomes among VA Patients Living with HIV

2017
Member, thesis committee for Andre Carvalho
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Head and Neck Cancer Survival Rates

2017
Chair, thesis committee for Clara Hill
Help Wanted: Social and Economic Stressors and Mental Health among Latino Day Laborers

2017
Chair, capstone for Khanh Ho
Video Intervention Promoting Cervical Cancer Screening among Karen-Burmese and Nepali-Bhutanese Refugee Women: A Pilot Study

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2021 - 9/29/2022

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Cooperative Agreements
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
PI:   Chwastiak           Dates:    8/15/2021 - 8/14/2022

Center for Health Equity and Workforce Diversity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Frogner           Dates:    9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Cooperative Agreements
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
PI:   Chwastiak           Dates:    8/15/2020 - 8/14/2021

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
PI:   Hannon           Dates:    9/30/2019 - 9/29/2024

Center for Health Equity and Workforce Diversity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Frogner           Dates:    9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020

SHARE-NW: Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity across the Northwest
HHS Office of Minority Health
PI:   Bekemeier           Dates:    7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020

Cooking for Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Fretts           Dates:    12/1/2018 - 11/30/2019

Center for Health Equity and Workforce Diversity
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
PI:   Frogner           Dates:    9/1/2018 - 8/31/2022

SHARE-NW: Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity in the NW
HHS Office of Minority Health
PI:   Bekemeier           Dates:    7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019

Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA): A Randomized Control Trial of an Intervention to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Mexican Immigrant Women
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019

Cooking for Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Fretts           Dates:    4/1/2018 - 3/31/2022

Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA): A Randomized Control Trial of an Intervention to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in Mexican Immigrant Women
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Ornelas           Dates:    9/1/2017 - 8/31/2022

SHARE-NW: Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity in the NW
HHS Office of Minority Health
PI:   Bekemeier           Dates:    7/1/2017 - 6/30/2022